Hate group rally flopped without support
Saturday’s rally by the Ku Klux Klan-affiliated “Honorable Sacred Knights,” in Dayton, was not the powder keg some in the national media had predicted it might be. In fact, to the enormous relief of most reasonable people, only nine people are reported to have shown up in support of the organization.
Dayton spent $650,000 on security for the event, worried it could turn into the kind of deadly confrontation that occurred in Charlottesville, Va., during a “Unite the Right” rally held there in 2017.
But perhaps there is hope. Perhaps Saturday’s piddling show of support for the kind of hate espoused by the KKK and other similar groups should help us understand the loud voices that seem to be trying harder every day to divide us — to embolden those who never quite let go of the hate in their hearts as the rest of society evolved — are just that: loud individual voices that do not represent the millions upon millions of Americans who have the common sense and decency that we are in this together, here in these United States.
Monday we honored those who died protecting the values of a country in which true patriots know ALL men are created equal. It has become easier in recent years to fear there is a turning tide against that sentiment. But maybe not.
Maybe what we saw in Dayton should inspire confidence that the hate mongers and dividers are not winning.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley issued a statement after the rather anti-climactic event, saying now “we have to get back to the real work — making sure that no matter what you look like, where you come from, or who you love, that you can have a great life here in Dayton.”
It is heartening to know that perhaps Dayton (and Ohio … and the maybe even the rest of the nation) is not shying away from that work nearly as much as those commenting on the impending “rally” had feared.