We’ve set a new highwater mark: at least 80 to 100 activists, probably more, protested immigration this weekend in Georgia and South Carolina.
Exactly a year after the inaugural Uvalda and Vidalia, GA demonstrations, the League of the South returned to Georgia with an “Immigration Hurts Southern Workers” demonstration in Oakwood near the entrance to the University of North Georgia-Gainesville campus.
As in Uvalda and Vidalia, the focus of this demonstration was Southern Demographic Displacement in the Gainesville metro area. In Gainesville, changing racial demographics has been driven by the insatiable demand for cheap labor in the North Georgia poultry industry and suburban sprawl in Metro Atlanta. Wayne Farms, which has flooded Alabama cities like Union Springs and Enterprise with illegal aliens, is based in Oakwood. This is a problem that the League has protested before in Shelbyville, TN.
32 League activists participated in the Gainesville demonstration. After a year of activism across the South, the League returned to Georgia with its veteran core of activists. The blistering Georgia sun is unchanged, but the League’s signature aesthetic – the Black Cross flag, black polo shirts and khaki pants, black and white banners, manufactured signs – has become a new standard and reflects the growth in discipline, organization, and message control over the past year. The League appears comfortable in its new identity and new members are conforming to established norms.
Compared to a year ago, there is a lot more going on across the South. Renee and I were absent in Gainesville, but we attended events the previous two weekends in Oxford, MS and Nashville, TN. Stephen Dalton, who was present in Uvalda and Vidalia, recently attended a League protest in Carrolton and Warsaw, KY and was with us in Nashville. Kyle Rogers, who was in Uvalda and Vidalia, was preoccupied with his own demonstration in Greenville, SC.
In September, the League will hold back-to-back demonstrations in Arkansas and Central Florida, which is another example of a trend: more is going on, more frequently, across a much wider geographic area. At this rate, I expect that our protests will have expanded into states like Missouri and Texas by this time in 2015.
Note: SNN has a comprehensive review of the Gainesville protest.
Gainesville Photo Gallery
In South Carolina, the Greenville protest was organized by William G. Carter of the South Carolina Conservative Action Council, a prolific organizer and foe of amnesty for illegal aliens who has organized multiple protests in Greenville and Columbia, SC over the years.
On July 26th, 2010, I attended a Confederate Flag Rally in Columbia, SC which was organized by William Carter. This was the first public rally, protest, or demonstration – at least in the movement – which I ever attended. It was also the first time that I met Michael Cushman and the first time the two of us participated in a rally with Kyle Rogers. None other than HK Edgerton was there that day to sing Dixie.
The local media reports that around 40 people attended the Greenville protest, but the event lasted three hours yesterday afternoon, and people come and go as they always do. I’ve never attended a protest, especially one in the summer heat, in which everyone who participated arrived at the same time and stayed through the entire event. Most people leave to use the restroom, get water at a convenience store, or call it a day after about an hour in the sun. Reports from participants indicate that at least 50 to 60 people participated in the Greenville demonstration and possibly even more than that.
Kyle Rogers briefly addressed the lone anti-racist counter-protester in the video below. CofCC members were present and held signs and banners which said “Stop Illegal Immigration.” At least two League members were at the Greenville protest along with several camouflaged members of a group that calls itself the “Upstate Arm Militia.”
A glance at the photos below is sufficient to reveal this wasn’t any ordinary anti-immigration protest. There are US flags and CBFs, the Third National Flag, and the Bonnie Blue Flag. There are signs which range from “Stop Illegal Immigration” to “Impeach Obama” to “God Save Dixie From DC.” In other words, the Greenville protest brought out an unusual mix of people who share common sentiments, but who are not normally seen together.
This was due to William Carter’s organizing methods which included multiple fliers which were put up around Greenville (some of these can be seen in the photos below), yard signs which advertised the event in the suburbs, 17 radio advertisements, and Kyle Rogers’ interview the previous day on WORD 106.3. Carter, who is less reliant on the internet, also reportedly snail mailed his list of several hundred conservatives in the Greenville area.
In Greenville, the public had more advanced notice that an anti-immigration protest was going to take place, and locals clearly turned out to participate. If the “Make Them Listen” protests in July are any measuring stick of anti-immigration activism in South Carolina, this protest seems to have drawn a larger crowd than any of those.
Greenville Photo Gallery