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Triangle grassroots organizations hold 'Rally Against Hate'

Posted December 3, 2016
Updated December 6, 2016

Triangle grassroots organizations hold "Rally Against Hate" in Raleigh.

— Shortly after the election, the Ku Klux Klan posted about holding a parade Saturday, but never announced a location or time.

Anticipating a parade, the Triangle Unity May Day Coalition, which is made up of grassroots organizations from around the region, organized a rally in downtown Raleigh. Exercising their first amendment right to protest, hundreds gathered in opposition of the KKK and President-Elect Donald Trump.

“I think that Donald Trump was elected on a lie,” protester Kim Koo said. “And he’s just using sentiments to arouse people’s fear, really.”

At Moore Square, people assembled to speak out about speech they described as hateful, divisive and gaining in currency since the election.

Heather Hester heard about the rally on social media and brought along her 12-year-old daughter, Maria, to demonstrate the importance of speaking out.

“Everyone that’s not an old, white man has been attacked, and that’s not okay. And you can’t stay on the sidelines. And you can’t stay quiet,” Hester said.

She said it’s the “old, white men” who feel they are the ones under attack in a diversifying country.

“They’re scared. It’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay. You don’t have to be afraid,” Hester said.

“Our country shouldn’t have to go through all of this hate just because they’re different, just because you’re different means there’s something special about you,” Maria Hester said.

The crowed exercised their freedom of speech on signs, which read: "No hate in our state" and "Build bridges not walls."

Speakers expressed their concern and energized the public to keep speaking out for causes they feel are important.

“There is power amongst our unity, there is fight in our spirit. We will not be turned back. We will not be denied,” a speaker said.

With the election being over, the elected next president is a man demonstrators said has stoked old prejudices, making the country hot with anger. Kim Koo of Rocky Mount said that makes it all the more important for people like her to assemble.

“We are not as powerless as everybody thinks we are. If we get together like what we’re doing today, we can be a powerful force. That will change the country,” Koo said.

Many people who have been angry since the election said the rally gave them an opportunity to peacefully voice their anger or concern.

I’ve been trying to find things I can do peacefully, and this seems like a good way to show up and support what’s going on,” protester Ben Rauscher said.

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  • Steve Smith Dec 4, 11:19 a.m.
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    The people who lost the election, still do not understand. They are not comprehending why the lost. I am an "old white man," and find Mrs. Hester's comments to be racist and sexist. In this crowd it is okay to be racist if you pick their version of the correct group to be racist against. Says a lot about them as people. I as an "old white man," have always embraced anyone who is willing to work and "do right," and believe in God and America. These cupcakes do not represent the people they claim to represent. The homsexuals and minorities I know are repulsed by their actions. Further this group's title includes the word, "May Day," which is communist terminology. So in conclusion this is nothing more than the MSM pandering to Communist organizations. I doubt half the snowflakes participating in this "protest," realize as such. Further, giving this "story," an audience shows WRAL is the champion of divisiveness.

  • Ed Smail Sr. Dec 4, 10:42 a.m.
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    I sense a lot of hate against "old white men". It is the intolerance of tolerance that liberals and snowflakes embrace.

  • Randall Lamm Dec 4, 8:08 a.m.
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    I guess now, that mom can teach her 12 year old daughter how to hate old white men.
    Like say, her grandfather.

  • Alfred Barnes Dec 4, 7:43 a.m.
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    I suppose it's ok to be racist if you're a leftist.

  • Alfred Barnes Dec 4, 7:41 a.m.
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    grassroots... really?

  • Judy Loftin Dec 4, 4:45 a.m.
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    Everyone that's not an old white man has been attacked? I think they are being attacked every day. Shame on these people.

  • Jacob Young Dec 3, 10:17 p.m.
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    It's truly ironic that people who preach tolerance, inclusiveness and anti-hate sure do love to hate “old white men” as they are often quoted.

    It's outrageously ironic that these people who shout for their own freedom of speech actively try to deny other citizens their constitutional right of free speech: See http://merinc.org/author/admin/

    They distort and twist the views of people who have the audacity to hold views even slightly different from their own.

    There is no connection between Trump and the Klan - total left wing fabrication to gin up anger and hatred amongst their ranks to soothe their pain of a stinging defeat at the polls.

    Like doctors need patients to keep a job, the professional protester needs outrage whether it's real or totally fabricated. I'm afraid we will continue to have restlessness and division; such resentment gives raison d'être to the grievance industry.

  • Charles Phillips Dec 3, 9:01 p.m.
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    May day......the official holiday of the communist and socialist parties....

  • Ronald Woodard Dec 3, 8:15 p.m.
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    Ironically the rally was a rally of hate......hate against our President-elect and apparently his supporters. And gladly the 100 or less KKK members in our entire state decided not to show their faces.