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article imageVideo: 'Clowns' counter-rally around KKK/Neo-Nazi rally

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By Can Tran     Nov 12, 2012 in World
Charlotte - Protesters countered a KKK/Neo-Nazi rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Instead of fighting hate speech with hate, protesters dressed as clowns to fight hate with love and laughter.
Whenever there is something we don't like, there's a protest. For example, the Tea Party Movement was born out of anger and frustration toward the policies of US President Barack Obama. Fed up with Wall Street, the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement was born. The Westboro Baptist Church, classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is known to protest at military funerals since a gay soldier was killed in battle and given a military burial. You have the hacker group called Anonymous protesting in front of Scientology churches. When California's Proposition 8 was passed, LGBT rights activists protested and rallied. There's always going to be groups of people protesting things they don't like. This happens in the United States and across the world.
Protests are usually met with a counter-protest. Charlotte, North Carolina is by no means an exception. There was a rally held by both the Ku Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazis. They were met by a larger group of counter-protesters who were dressed up as clowns. From the CNN video, both the rally and counter-rally did not have an air of violence. According to the counter-protesters, this was their way of standing against hate speech. Instead of showing hate and intolerance, the counter-protesters used love, humor, and laughter. Dressing up as clowns and having fun about it can go down in history as an original and creative method to take a stand against hate speech.
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