Here’s a perfect example of how to properly handle extremist groups like the KKK and the Westboro Baptist Church. You do it by counter-protesting in much larger numbers, as happened recently when the KKK held a rally in Troy, North Carolina. Four to five times as many people showed up to counter-protest.
“Don’t come back to Troy, boy!”
The crowd took up the chant as the KKK group dispersed from in front of the Montgomery County courthouse in Troy on Saturday afternoon.
A counter-protest organized via the Internet to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Troy had brought between 400-500 people to Main Street with signs that let the Klan know they weren’t welcome. Someone had even set up a microphone across the street from the approximately 100 Klansmen as each group shouted louder to drown each other out.
“Young black people here today are seeing something they have never seen before. We have come a long way in this country and there is no place now for spreading hate and ignorance,” said William Cagle of Biscoe.Donald Loften from Troy agreed.
“Young people today will not stand for this. When I was a little boy, the KKK coming to town would have put fear in my heart, but not anymore,” Loften said. “This country has come so far since those days. Where I work, we all work together every day. It’s a shame and disgrace for society that this hatred can go on, but I guess there will always be that 10 percent who want to hate somebody. They want to stir up trouble, but they are dealing with a different mentality now. People have no fear of them.”
I think it’s also important to use mockery during those protests, as is often done now to the Westboro Baptist Church. And to use the events as fundraisers for organizations that oppose those groups. That’s how you effectively counter such events.