According to the Dayton Daily News it cost the Western Ohio city $650,000 in personnel and materials to allow a Ku Klux Klan to take place. However, only 9 Klan supporters showed up.
The rally attracted national attention partially because of the resources it took to let hate spew into the streets. Luckily, any slogans from the far-right hate group were drowned out by the over 500 counter protesters who made their presence known
Approximately 350 police officers were on hand to keep the peace as the KKK were confined to the courthouse square and separated from the people protesting them by a fence. No arrests or citations were deployed during the event.
Some of the anti-Klan protesters included people dawning Black Panther outfits and shouting slogans like, “Band against the Klan.”
Group, some wearing traditional Black Panther gear such as black berets, now marches on the main counter-protest area outside the KKK rally in Dayton. pic.twitter.com/B3H9Ya0OBg— Geoff Redick (@GeoffWSYX6) May 25, 2019
the KKK have a rally today in Dayton, Ohio and this is how the businesses are responding.. pic.twitter.com/mnhkpEiVUg— ʟɪʟ ʙᴇʙᴇ ❥ (@TRINHTRILLA) May 25, 2019
"Only nine people showed up for the rally Saturday, and their slogans were drowned out by 500 to 600 protesters who gathered to show their opposition."— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) May 26, 2019
Good. We need more of this. We must never let white supremacists & white nationalists be comfortable.https://t.co/obYcIKaHWo
Luckily, love for diversity thoroughly defeated hate on Saturday. Hopefully, this rally will discourage other cities from allowing hate groups to spread their bigotry.
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