Racists Declare White Man March a Success, Everyone Else Wonders If It Actually Happened
Well, that escalated quickly.
Last week we broke the story (in the mainstream, non-racist press, anyway) of the White Man March, a flash mob-style demonstration planned for March 15 by Kyle Hunt, a 30-year-old Amherst graduate from a very small town in Massachusetts. The story went viral and was picked up by multiple local and national media outlets. Then, evidently, the WMM happened, although none of us actually saw it.
To be fair, that was Hunt's intention. From the outset, he'd said his goal was to make sure that "outside media" weren't able to cover the event and somehow make him and his fellow "pro-white" activists look foolish.
"If there aren't any opposition forces there, we'll be the ones with all of the media," he explained on a white power podcast. "And we'll select out the pieces of media that make us look the best."
Whether anybody came out of this looking good is an open question, but it's certainly true that no outside media covered the event. It's also unclear how many people attended it. Most of the photos posted by White Man Marchers are of lonely DIVERSITY = WHITE GENOCIDE banners or stickers, hanging out by a roadside sign, plastered to a gas pump, or anchored onto a toilet stall. With a couple exceptions, there aren't many people in these photos. And for some reason, despite all their white pride, the few who did pose for pictures often obscured their faces:
The White Man March Facebook page also shows some graffiti in Spanish, supposedly from a White Man March demonstration in Spain, which is fascinating:
There's also, er, whatever this is. A greatest hits package, we guess:
But something seems to have gone awry in New York...
Talking Points Memo found reports that WMMers were spotted at an intersection in Cincinnati and that police in Birmingham, Alabama had to remove several of the "genocide" banners they found draped around town. The images on the WMM page that disclose their location are mostly from Missouri, Arkansas, and one very busy guy in New Zealand.
But what of New York? Despite several groups who said they were planning demonstrations here, the forces of whiteness don't appear to have made it this far north. Free America Rally, one of the groups who claimed to be planning a New York action, said vaguely on Twitter and on their website that they held rallies "on the East Coast," but, as far as we can tell, none of them were here.
Shortly before noon, I emailed Kyle Hunt for comment. I'd like to say we did our best to have a mature and professional conversation, but, as you can see below, the whole thing immediately went off the rails:
Anna Merlan from the Voice here. How did the White Man March go today? Nobody appears to have showed up in New York. Did it go better elsewhere? Would you call today a success?
This was Hunt's reply:
Question for you: do you like the NOFX song titled "Kill All The White Man"?
Oh. That's a reference to a NOFX tank top I'm wearing in one of my Facebook photos, which appears to have been viewed by a large and scandalized segment of the white power community. I always thought "Kill All the White Man," was sort of a dumb parody, but Hunt felt differently. He and several of his fellow White Man Marchers were also highly disturbed to learn that I am Jewish, something that was discussed at length in our comments section, on the WMM board, and in the seamier corners of Reddit.
The conversation did not grow more productive from there. Hunt added:
Did you laugh really hard when Jamie Foxx went on SNL and said, "I get to kill all the White people in the movie - how great is that?" to laughter and applause. Lorne Michaels really knows how to put together some great jewish comedy that advocates killing White people.
Just wait for the day to be over, Anna. You haven't seen anything yet. Your hit piece on me did way more for our cause than you could imagine, so thanks.
In a following email, he promised, "It's not even past noon, Ms. Merlan. I have big plans for today." He also included a link to a speech given by Nick Griffin, chairman of the British National Party, an ultra-right wing party there with lots of enthusiasm for white supremacist causes. In the speech, which you can see here, Griffin fulminates against "non-white immigration" and likens it to the Holocaust. Hunt has claimed that the British National Party was involved in the White Man March demonstrations in England, which does sound like their idea of a good time.
Though the "march" itself was kind of a non-event, Twitter had a field day with it, with Buzzfeed's Tracy Clayton (a.k.a. @brokeymcpoverty) giving us the hashtag #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns, which trended locally and nationally for most of Saturday. There, too, Hunt saw a victory for himself and the rest of the white power-ers. I contacted him Sunday morning to ask what his "big plans" had wrought and how the rest of the day had gone. He replied, "Better than expected. You and your anti-White friends helped us to trend on Twitter all day long."
Had he found the protest signs funny, I asked?
"Oh, definitely," he replied. "You degenerates really know how to put on a show."
Great work, degenerates. Even Kyle Hunt thinks so.
Click through for a few of the best #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns.
WHY CAN'T I SAY THE N-WORD #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
— Brokey McPoverty (@brokeymcpoverty) March 15, 2014
"CULTIVATING AN OVERDEVELOPED SENSE OF ENTITLEMENT SINCE 1607" #whitemanmarchprotestsigns
— Anna Holmes (@AnnaHolmes) March 15, 2014
I was told if I liked my unfair societal advantage, I could keep it. #whitemanmarchprotestsigns
— Jodie Layne (@jodielayne) March 15, 2014
Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, we really love Mayo
— Jaime-Paul Falcon (@JaimesonPaul) March 15, 2014
WHAT DO WE WANT? WHAT WE'VE ALREADY GOT!
WHEN DO WE WANT IT? ALWAYS! #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
— Ian 'Cat' Vincent (@catvincent) March 16, 2014
BUT THEY USE THAT WORD ALL THE TIME #whitemanmarchprotestsigns
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) March 15, 2014
WHY DID YOU HAVE TO DESTROY THE BEATLES, YOKO? WHY? #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
— Michael Kupperman (@MKupperman) March 15, 2014
Bring back "Matlock" !
— Jesse LaGreca (@JesseLaGreca) March 15, 2014
MAYBE YOU SHOULDN'T TALK SO MUCH ABOUT RACIAL ISSUES AND THEY'LL GO AWAY! #WhiteManMarchProtestSigns
— Stank Underwood (@TheCoolTeacher_) March 15, 2014
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