PHOTOS: 'White Unity Rally' in Topeka, this week in history 15 years ago
If Charlottesville was just the beginning, as white nationalists have said, some Topekans may be wondering: Could it happen here?
It already has, 15 years ago.
On Aug. 24, 2002, a “White Unity Rally,” organized by the National Socialist Movement, was held on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse. According to the NSM website, the group is “the political party for every patriotic white American,” that doesn’t “buy into the big lie that all people and races are equal.” The Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes NSM as a neo-Nazi hate group.
The event drew counter-protesters from organizations including the Topeka chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Here are photos from that day from The Capital-Journal archives, with original captions in photos where they were available.
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