Hundreds of anti-racist people came out May 25 to protest the Ku Klux Klan in Dayton, Ohio. Members of the Honorable Sacred Knights of Indiana were scheduled to have a rally that day when only nine members showed up. Their bullhorn was drowned out by the cheering and drum beating of members of the New Black Panther Party, Black Lives Matter, Antifa, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club and more.
A Black protester held a sign with the names of Black victims of white-supremacist violence including killer cops, with such names as Emmett Till, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Oscar Grant and Eric Garner. A fence was erected between the Klan and protesters, while police officers stood in front of the Klan, protecting the white supremacists. Over 700 officers and barricades were there.
Dayton is one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States and has experienced economic declines in the past decade. Dayton is in Montgomery County, which voted for Barack Obama twice and then for Donald Trump in 2016.
Although the mainstream press seem to be unsure of why a KKK group from Indiana was in Dayton, Ohio, it seems obvious to leftists. With Dayton one of the most segregated cities in the country and Trump territory, the KKK saw a chance to make themselves known to white working-class people who may blame their economic issues on people of color instead of on the ruling class and its policies.
The strong show of force by protesters is an important blow to white supremacists, as these hundreds of working-class people made it known that white supremacy should never have a platform, whatever its size.
As mosques and synagogues are shot up by white supremacists, Black people are murdered by police, migrants are being detained and more unspeakable crimes of the ruling class and its protectors are committed, the people of Dayton have shown that white supremacy will never have a platform. The people united are fighting back.