The Root- January 19, 2020

This Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It’s a day of remembrance when we honor one of the most renowned civil rights leaders in U.S. history. A man who certainly stood for peace, but, most of all, equality and justice. A man who is often made out to be synonymous with non-violent protest. In Richmond, Va., on the state capitol, a massive event has been planned that will be perfectly appropriate to commemorate King and celebrate his legacy.

Nah, I’m just messin’ with you—they’re having a gun rally with white supremacist neo-Nazis and shit.

The New York Times reported that thousands of protesters are expected to fill the Virginia State Capital grounds on Monday to rally against sweeping new gun control proposals supported by state Democrats.

The rally, which will be hosted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, was billed as a peaceful event to lobby lawmakers to defend Second Amendment rights. (At this point, I’m expecting them to lobby Moses to add the Second Amendment as an eleventh commandment any day now.) But news of the gathering has quickly become enveloped in fear and concern of potential violence and chaos brought on by the unsavory, tiki-torch wielding groups who may be in attendance.

According to the Times, discussions about the rally have, for weeks, consumed online platforms frequented by anti-government militia groups and white supremacists, and various extremist groups have vowed to attend.

Making matters worse, the F.B.I. announced the arrest of three suspected neo-Nazis who the authorities said had obtained weapons and discussed their own participation in the rally.

The Richmond event is also expected to be attended by associates of Light Foot Militia, some of whom were banned from Charlottesville, Va., after the “Unite the Right” rally in 2017, which ended in the death of a counterprotester.

Also expected to attend (because what gathering of white nationalists would be complete without him?) is prominent bigot and glass-jaw, human punching bag Richard Spencer who is currently among 24 defendants in a lawsuit over the rally in Charlottesville.

In fact, threat levels have reportedly escalated so much this week that Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and temporarily banned weapons on Capitol grounds which, of course, only caused tensions with protesters to intensify. ...
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