Oh. Look. The racists are marching again.
That was the plan, anyway. A small army (very small) of ignorant, irrationally angry humans had planned to march under the meaningless banner of “White Lives Matter” in two Tennessee cities on Saturday. And while some did indeed show up, they were vastly outnumbered.
A planned rally in Shelbyville drew roughly 200 “white nationalists” (i.e. racists) while another rally, in Murfreesboro, fizzled almost immediately when around 15 of the hatemongers dared to show their faces (according to USA Today). In both cases, the racists were outnumbered.
You’ve probably seen them characterized as counter-protesters, but I’d argue there’s a better word for these people who are willing to stand up and face down hate: Patriots.
In these late days of 2017, we’re all well-accustomed to what a racist looks and sounds like. So instead of talking about the antics of whining hatemongers again, we felt it would be better to highlight the everyday heroes who stood up in Tennessee this weekend and said: “Hell no.”