While the annual NSM rally not only celebrates Hitler’s birthday, it will also draw attention to “illegal immigration, rampant crime, the recession and white civil rights.” NSM members will wear uniforms similar those of SWAT teams, said commander Jeff Schoep to the Detroit Free Press.
Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, the LGBT Fairness Campaign, the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Standing Up for Racial Justice and other organizations are also sponsoring the counter rally.
“We can never be silent in the face of racism,” said Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman. “The intersections of oppression are made clear by the NSM, whose prejudice spans the entire spectrum of perceived difference in our country—race, color, religion, nation of origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and more—all the unique identities that, woven together, form the brilliant tapestry of our great nation.”
The NSM’s basic philosophy is, “Only those of pure white blood … may be members of the state. Accordingly, no Jew or homosexual may be a member…,” according to the group’s website.
Illegal immigrants “scurry into this country like roaches” and then work “for taco wages—and I’m not just talking about Mexicans,” said another member of the NSM, Duke Schneider, to the Detroit Free Press.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear called the NSM’s ideology “reprehensible” in a state that is “tolerant, progressive and welcoming” for all. However, he added in a statement that the Constitution “affords the right to free speech and free assembly to all, and we respect those rights.”
This is just another recent hate incident to occur in the Tri-State of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Vandals have struck many areas of Central Ohio white supremacist graffiti, and there have been a handfull of recent attacks on immigrants and gay men.
Both groups are gathering Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in front of the Kentucky Capitol Annex, located at 702 Capitol Ave. in Frankfort.
For the counter rally, carpools will be leaving from Louisville at 1 p.m. from the Fairness Campaign office, located at 2263 Frankfort Ave., and Carl Braden Memorial Center, located at 3208 W. Broadway.