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'Fight until racism is completely dead:' Downtown Durham protest ends with no injuries, 1 arrest

Posted August 18
Updated August 19

— While the day ended with one arrest, police said Friday's demonstrations in downtown Durham ended peacefully and with no injuries.

Hundreds chanted and marched in response to a rumored Ku Klux Klan rally at the site of the statue of a confederate soldier that was damaged Monday.

For hours, streets and businesses were closed, and officials said to avoid the downtown area. Activists flooded the streets chanting: "No hate, No KKK, no racist USA."

Latest: 1 demonstrator in custody following Durham protest, charged with failure to disperse

William D. Fulton, 23, of Durham, was arrested during the demonstration at Durham Police Department headquarters. He has been charged with failure to disperse.

'Fight until racism is dead'

“The Durham Police Department respects our residents’ right to peacefully assemble and exercise their First Amendment right and we appreciate those who adhered to those values today,” said Police Chief C.J. Davis.

“I want to thank our DPD officers, the Durham County sheriff’s deputies, the N.C. Highway Patrol, and multiple other public safety partners who ensured participants and observers remained safe during today’s events.”

Two officers were treated for heat-related illness.

Protester Brandon Ruffin said in today's world, he refuses to stay silent.

"It's emotional to see history repeat itself in a bad manner," Ruffin said. "That is the emotional part about it."

Many protesters arrived expecting a white supremacist demonstration at the confederate monument site. But that demonstration never materialized.

'Fight until racism is completely dead:' Downtown Durham protest ends with no injuries, 1 arrest

"I was a little frightened to come here at first, hearing about the potential KKK rally," protester Dustin Colson said.

"There should be no white supremacists in America," Colson said. "This is 2017. It is way too late for us to be still arguing about these issues."

After protesting for hours outside the old courthouse, the crowd moved through the downtown streets, stretching for blocks.

Several streets, including Main Street, were officially closed.

"We have old folks, young folks, black folks, white folks. This is America in the future," one demonstrator yelled.

Demonstrators stopped at the jail, and then moved to the Durham Police Department, where they were met by police resistance.

Officers in riot gear pushed the crowd back by walking in a line through the streets.

'Fight until racism is completely dead:' Downtown Durham protest ends with no injuries, 1 arrest

Mary Crain said she was upset about the vandalism she saw at the site of the damaged confederate soldier.

She also feels authorities have not done enough to stop it.

"This is a hate crime. They say it is about love. I see no love out here whatsoever," Crain said.

Ruffin said their fight will not end in Durham.

"We are going to continue to fight until racism is completely dead," Ruffin said. "That is what is going to happen."


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  • Douglas Roberts Aug 21, 1:40 a.m.
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    Racism has vaulted forward in the eight years of Obama, and now it's been injected with steroids. The race mongers in this country need to continue their careers. Way to go dimwits.

  • Nathaniel Lincoln Aug 20, 9:23 p.m.
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    Hey I agree w you for once ! You're right "these elements had been ignored " these elements are doing the same thing they've done for decades , virtually nothing but the occasional march through one horse towns . Difference is now the media sends 5,000 reporters in to cover the same 50 marchers . Now if the news is going to spend that kinda money to fly all those reporters out to sane hick town they better find / create a "story" right? Your logic is naive and flawed but I'll give you a brownie point on noticing kkk was in dust bin of history until MSM and anti fa gave them new life . That's pretty evil

  • Douglas Roberts Aug 19, 5:56 p.m.
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    The result will be like pouring gasoline on the fire.

  • Jon Smith Aug 19, 4:46 p.m.
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    The fact you have asked that question speaks volumes to your limited capability to have an intelligent conversation or to form opinions that disagree with your liberal shepherds.
    I'll pray that someday your mind may be opened.

  • Tom Baker Aug 19, 12:12 p.m.
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    What black racist movements?

  • Janet Ghumri Aug 19, 12:12 p.m.
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    people looking for a reason to protest will find that reason anywhere they look. I'm glad the rally was peaceful, but blocking streets and defacing public property are not legal actions. no word on if these counter protesters had a permit, yet. if a rumor can forgo the legal process then anyone can jump onto facebook or Twitter and start a rumor to justify a response. the people responsible for the rumors should be found, and charged with inciting violence.

  • Jon Smith Aug 19, 11:52 a.m.
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    Extremely sad that there is not even lip service to the black racist movements...I guess they are "justified" in their actions (up to and including killing police officers) because they are "fighting for a cause".

  • Tom Baker Aug 19, 11:34 a.m.
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    Well, these elements have been largely ignored in the last decades. They decided to leave their caves only after they sense to have a companion in the White House.

  • Kiara Babel Aug 19, 11:13 a.m.
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    If the so call anti racist would just ignore the nazis and klan they will eventually die off. As long as you feed the beast it will live.

  • Jeffrey Derry Aug 19, 10:48 a.m.
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    Won't happen until Christ returns and the Prince of this world is finally defeated.