White Lives Matter Rallies A Huge Flop After Failing To Attract Supporters
Can't say we are shocked.
April 13, 2021 at 1:09 am
White Lives Matter rallies intended to make "the whole world tremble" and were slated to take place in multiple U.S. cities on Sunday failed at attracting large crowds.
The rallies, which were coordinated via Telegram, an encrypted app that has been the incubation site for American extremist propaganda, were scheduled in cities including Raleigh, Nashville and Albuquerque, where NBC News reported only one protester showed up.
"No one has shown up to the meetup point, it has been close to two hours since the technical start time for the march,” a Louisiana organizer wrote, according to Newsweek. “We're gonna call it, the march is canceled. If anyone is still trying to make it, I advise you not to."
A white supremacist rally organizer from Nashville also admitted to being the only person to attend the local event.
"Welp, I was the only person to show up and after being here an hour and a half for nothing I'm going home," they said.
In Huntington Beach, California, White Lives Matter affiliates clashed with Black Lives Matter counter-protesters who infiltrated the event sparking confrontations between the two groups. According to Newsweek, the rally was shut down by police within 90 minutes.
A white supremacist coalition called the Loyal White Knights of the KKK organized the California event on social media, with the intent to "revive the White Racial Consciousness and to unify White People against white hate," according to messages shared on Telegram.
On the East coast, rallies created by Antifa in New York and Philadelphia were overwhelmingly deemed a hoax.
“NYC is very likely compromised,” one user wrote after the avatar of the White Lives Matter NYC group was changed to the Antifa flag logo, Vice News reported.
The Philadelphia “White Lives Matter” channel on Telegram had gotten so intense that even the white supremacists involved were questioning its legitimacy.
“Just a recommendation, separate yourself from Philly,” one person wrote in the main channel. “It is so hateful that it seems like a troll made it.”
Philadelphia counter-protesters held a “Picnic Against Hate” to overtake the White Lives Matter protest, arriving with pizza and TastyKakes.
Philly pizza party picnic?
Philly White Lives Matter Nazis?
This is what antifascism looks like. ????❤ https://t.co/javVNxhM5p
— Gwen Snyder is uncivil (@gwensnyderPHL) April 11, 2021
According to Vice News, a local activist tweeted a warning Saturday to would-be rally-goers.
“Given how riddled these chats are with antifascists … it might be time to rethink whether you really want to trust a bunch of anonymous internet weirdos to show up with you in your city," a post read.
This is not the first time groups have mobilized pranks against white supremacist groups who are typically emboldened by and aligned with former President Donald Trump.
In June 2020, teenagers on TikTok reserved fake tickets for the then-president's Tulsa rally, where “almost one million people” were projected to attend. Ultimately, only 6,200 showed up, according to Teen Vogue.