Young activists gearing up to protest white supremacist rally

By Tara Morgan - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Downtown Richmond may be the backdrop for a white supremacist rally. Internet buzz about the event prompted another group to take action.

Postings on Craigslist have Kanawha Plaza as the location for the rally Friday afternoon. We met up with another group that's gearing up for a counter-protest.

Young Richmond activists got to work Thursday night. With paint brushes in hand, they spread across poster boards both comical and positive slogans to counteract what they might be up against.

"There's some questions as to whether or not this is legitimate. They're kind of notorious for not showing up," said Grace Howard.

The anti-hate rally poster party grew out of concern over Craigslist postings about an October 30th rally to support the "pure white race". One ad with an "Imperial Klans of America" logo refers to it as a peaceful demonstration.

"I think it shows a lot that those things still exist the myth that racism is dead but it's obviously not," said Nathan Stickel.

Richmond police say they know about the Craigslist postings but don't plan to increase patrols in the area. As of Thursday night, they haven't been contacted about a permit nor has city parks and recreation.

A permit is required for an event involving more than 300 hundred people. Also if it affects traffic, if there are banners, amplified sound and merchandise sales. Come late Friday, the activists might be standing alone.

"I think as long as we're sending out a positive message against hate and for diversity and a more acceptable society then I don't think our time would have been wasted at all," said Howard.

According to the Craigslist postings: the white supremacist group is expected out at Kanawha Plaza at 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.

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