Clown Protest White Supremacists in North Carolina

Neo-Nazis and members of the Ku Klu Klan were confronted in Charlotte North Carolina by people dressed as clowns.

Members of the National Socialist Movement and the KKK gathered for an anti-immigration rally at the Old City Town Hall and chanted slogans like “white power.”

Joseph Schoep of the Nationalist Socialist Movement told WCNC that his organization was looking to be a third party in opposition to the country’s two party system.

The counter protest of clowns responded with “white flour” and “wife power” chants. They brought humor to what could have become an anger-filled situation.

Lacey Williams, the youth coordinator for Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition told WCNC, “The message from us is, you look silly. We’re dressed like clowns and you’re the ones that look funny.”

City Council member John Autry joined the counter protesters and wore a clown nose. “We’re just a big happy melting pot,” said Autry. “I just wanted to come out here and make sure people understood that I did not support the views of the people behind, up on the microphones.”

The white supremacist protesters were outnumbered by clowns by at least five to one. After two hours, without any violence, they put down their microphone and left with a police escort.

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