White Man March Comes to Tempe Town Lake March 15, Um, Maybe (w/Update)
And, according to Google cache, this seems to be the case.
The Tempe Police Department says it is taking seriously the possibility of a clash between anarchists and white-power devotees.
"We are aware of the both events," TPD spokesman Mike Pooley told me of the march and counter-demonstration, "and we are currently planning for them."
Hunt's description of what might transpire in any given locality sounds amorphous to say the least.
If there are only a few people in a location, they can hang up a banner, hand out fliers, and strike up conversations. If there are more than a few people, they could organize a lightning march (a non-violent flash mob) to make a statement and then disperse before any anti-white protestors or police show up.
"With larger groups, the demonstrations could be akin to the torch marches of 'the Immortals' in Germany. Even if someone wants to stay inside on that day, they can help our efforts by posting about the White Man March in comment sections and message boards.
Which begs the question, what if white people gave a march and nobody came?
That would be the best outcome, natch. Otherwise, the smell of pepper spray could be wafting over Tempe Town Lake this Saturday should things get hairy.
Update March 15, 2014:
Hey, where all the ofays at?
The "White Man March" was a giant dud. Local anarchists showed up to counter-demonstrate at Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway this Saturday afternoon. But white-pride types themselves were a no-show.
Apparently, there was some activity in other states associated with the effort, if you count hanging the occasional banner or sign that reads "Diversity = White Genocide."
But the fella who supposedly was organizing the Tempe event didn't even bother to do that much. Currently, the guy's Facebook page is down. And he's not returning phone calls.
(I don't feel comfortable giving his name here due to the slippery nature of identity on the Internet. Particularly, since I haven't talked to the guy.)
I reckon white supremacists/nationalists just ain't what they used to be. Which is a good thing, though the anarchists -- about 20 to 30 when I got there -- seemed disappointed they didn't get to kick some fascist ass.
One small mystery: The Tempe Police Department's PIO Mike Pooley told me that the TPD never made contact with the organizer. However, local videographer Dennis Gilman spoke to a TPD lieutenant, who told Gilman that the TPD had spoken with organizers, and the event was cancelled.
Not that it matters much, I suppose.
BTW, there were plenty of white folk -- both male and female -- lining up for the music festival that was going on at Tempe Beach Park.
But they were there to party, not to whine about minorities.
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