On Saturday, thousands of counter-protesters gathered on the Boston Common in preparation for a "Free Speech" rally scheduled by white supremacists. Refreshingly, photos of the resistance in Boston this weekend paint a more hopeful picture than it could have, with anti-racist protesters far outnumbering the white supremacists.
The "Fight Supremacy" counter-protest includes a coalition of Antifa members, Black Lives Matter organizers, and various leftist groups resisting the proliferation of hate groups. Last weekend, Charlottesville, VA faced thousands of white supremacists who rallied to protest the city's decision to remove a Robert E. Lee statue. The large gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville ended in violence and the death of 32-year-old Heather Heyer.
Conversely, on Saturday morning in Boston, counter-protesters outnumbered white supremacists beyond the shadow of a doubt.
"Resistance takes many forms. One of those forms is counter-protest. Counter-protests send a message to white supremacists that their hateful rhetoric, physical violence, and fear mongering will not go uncontested. It's also a show of solidarity and an opportunity for allies to "show up" and wield their privilege," wrote the Fight Supremacy mission statement.
According to WCVB, the rally organizers removed flags from their bandstand a half hour ahead of time due to the enormous crowd of opposition.
Here are just handful of photos documenting the resistance in Boston this weekend.
A Sea Of Resistance And Tubas
A Bird's Eye View Of The Gigantic Crowd
A Gathering Of Witches Against White Supremacy
A List Of House Rules
A Video Of The Massive Gathering
The Endless Horizon Of Fight Supremacy Protesters
A Visual Comparison Of The Alt-Right Vs. The Resisters
The Dangerous Ways That History Repeats Itself
NFL Fans Showing Up To March
The Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Hugging Black Lives Matters Leaders
Marching Bands Coming Through To Play The White Supremacists Far Away From Boston
A Shout Out To Tina Fey's SNL Sketch
The Streets Are Brimming With Protesters
A Red, White And Blue Protest Sign
The Sadly Salient Reminder That Nazism Is Not Normal
A Message To All The Haters Out There
A Vision Of The Crowd Chanting Against White Supremacy
The Scant Attendance Of The Rally
A Trump Supporter Faces Off With A Protester
An Image Of People Commuting To The March
A Picture Of The Literature Being Distributed
As showcased by these photos, it's clear that thousands of people in Boston were ready to show up and throw down in the face of hate groups. Luckily, this time, the peaceful protesters drowned out the possibility of white supremacist violence on the scale of Charlottesville.