Alt-right doesn’t show up to its own protest on first day

The alt-right is coming to Washington, DC to rally outside of Donald Trump’s home in the White House for the anniversary of the bloody Unite the Right event of 2017.

Well, they should be coming tomorrow, Sunday, August 12. They didn’t end up showing on August 11. The 2017 event took place between August 11 and 12.

Counter-protesters had been taking part in an #OccupyLafayettePark protest ever since August 9, in addition to “Impeach Trump” protesters who had already been gathered outside the White House most evenings since July 17. The counter-protest contingency (and the media) was really hoping to give the alt-right an early welcome on Saturday evening, but did not get the chance.

Reporters had been camped out in Lafayette Park since morning. Some had even done shots there Friday night. Rumor swirled Saturday that alt-right supporters would make their first entrance Saturday at 5 pm. Later the time was said to be 5:30 pm.

At 5 pm, a group of black supremacists arrived with a pan-African flag and shield.

They accused “whites” of causing and/or being complicit in crimes of humanity.

“He has killed more than any other man on planet earth. Not only did he bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Japan, he started blazing the fire in Vietnam.”

They left after 15 minutes or so.

The anticipation grew.

Refuse Fascism marched in with their signs.

The Revolutionary Communists marched in chanting and singing, emulating Disney’s T.C. Williams Titans.

But at 5:30, no alt-right, no Nazis, and no openly racist activists marching down the street.

“They’re gonna show up late,” because of the subways, one person said. The orange, blue and silver lines of notorious DC subways are single-tracking for maintenance work, starting Saturday.

5:40, no alt-right. 5:50, none. By just before 6 pm, it was being reported that the alt-right wouldn’t show today. They didn’t.

But there were no shortage of colorful characters and–well–who the hell knows.

Die Antwoord is a white South African hip-hop group that uses blackface in its videos. Whether Die Antwoord has been engaging in complex “racial projects” (“Fatty Boom Boom and the Transnationality of Blackface in Die Antwoord’s Racial Project,” Bryan Schmidt) or “problematic AF” cultural appropriation which “does South Africa no favours” is apparently a topic of debate amongst groups who care to debate it.

For one particular attendee (not the man in the jacket), however, my photography at a public protest in a public park was itself a microaggression. Someone with a bit too much paranoia on his mind confronted me for taking a photo “without permission” and later accused me of being a Nazi. There weren’t any crystal clear Nazis there on day one, so I guess people have to invent them.

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