#HateNotHeritage: Anti-Racist Protests in Washington DC and MN
Yesterday, anti-racist activists sent a message to Confederate “Southern Heritage” protests in Washington DC and Minnesota: Your racism will not be tolerated.
Over 1300 confederate flag supporters confirmed on Facebook that they were attending a “Southern Heritage Rally” yesterday at the Capitol in Washington D.C. However, only around fifty showed up, and were blocked from marching closer by a #HeritageNotHate counter-protest. There were a few heated confrontations and at one point, protesters tore and burned confederate flags, before chasing the “Southern Heritage” activists back to Union Station. Their message was clear: We need to end white supremacy and the glorification of a heritage which features racism and slavery.
Predictably, these white proto-fascists have a fundamental misunderstanding of the Black Lives Matter movement and racism. According to one confederate flag supporter who doesn’t understand the definition of genocide:
“This Black Lives Matter bull is racism that the government don’t see. It’s white genocide propaganda. They’re pushing folks to shoot cops and white people.”
Here is a video of tense scenes from the Washington DC rally, created by Cassandra Fairbanks, who also livetweeted and periscoped the event.