LOS ANGELES – A white supremacist group rallied against illegal immigration in downtown Los Angeles Saturday as hundreds of counter-protesters gathered to shout them down in a tense standoff that included several arrests, thrown rocks and police in riot gear.
Police officers stood between the white supremacists and counter-demonstrators on the south lawn of Los Angeles' City Hall, where about 50 members of the National Socialist Movement waved American flags and swastika banners for about an hour.
Five people, all of them counter-protesters, were arrested for throwing items, police said.
The white supremacists, many of them wearing flack helmets and black military fatigue uniforms, shouted "Sieg Heil" before each of their speakers took the podium to taunt counter-protesters with racial, anti-Semitic and misogynistic epithets.
We will meet you head on," one of the white supremacists, whose name could not be made out over the fuzzy public address system, warned the crowd from behind several phalanxes of police in riot gear.
Members of the Detroit-based group said they picked the location for their rally because of Los Angeles' large immigrant population. They accused some of the immigrants of stealing jobs and committing crimes.
Group members also said they were reacting to the recent number of street marches across the country encouraging legislators to enact reform that includes amnesty for some illegal immigrants.
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:09 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Most definitely but I think through things like this its becoming clear to people. A lot of people who aren't discriminated against or having to deal with racism thought it was long gone or just made up. But...there's the proof.
Answer by MamaChamp at 11:12 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 11:12 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Ok...what's your question? lol...it doesn't take an idiot to know racism still exists.
Spread the word to the conservative mommies that deny it exists
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:14 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Answer by MamaChamp at 11:16 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Take a trip to the Illegal Immigrant post....About the sherriff talling people to kill them before they kill you....O they say it doesn NOT exist....
Well, here's IN YOUR FACE proof and that statement by the sherriff is a subtle reference to it
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:19 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
I think when people are not exposed to it they don't realize how bad it is in some parts of the country. I knew we had some race issues in our city in a more general sense. Like maybe not hiring someone, or crossing to the other side of the street. But then I went to a town in Tennessee were it is actually segregated. If you go to the store you go to the checker that is the same race as you or they will not check you out. It was an eye opener, I didn't know places like this existed. And because we are a mixed family we couldn't get served anywhere.
Answer by Anonymous at 11:23 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Answer by 29again at 11:31 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Answer by Mom2Just1 at 11:49 PM on Apr. 17, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 11:52 PM on Apr. 17, 2010