Amazing: “White Terrorists” Put Down Signs and Helped Shield ‘Black Lives Matter’ Protestors

PORTLAND, OR - JUNE 04: Members of a security detachtment at the pro-Trump Freedom Rally at Terry Schrunk plaza in downtown Portland on June 4, 2017 (Photo by Diego Diaz/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

In an odd but heart-warming twist in an otherwise bleak saga of racial disunity, people classified by some as “white terrorists” – who were at first counter-protesting in Missoula – eventually put down their Confederate flags and used their pickup trucks to shield George Floyd’s mourners from anticipated trouble.

Numerous protests have been held around Montana in cities like Bozeman, Helena, Billings, and Missoula. Protests started small and grew increasingly larger, one after another. As the protests started, opposition protestors were absent. But as the protests grew, they began to attract crowds of citizens with firearms who were intent on making sure that the peaceful protests didn’t grow into full-scale riots. Rumors of out-of-state paid Antifa protestors coming east from Couer d’Alaine into Missoula or Kalispell (an unsubstantiated but not far-fetched claim) put locals on edge.

Counter-protesters began to arrive as one would expect them to in the rugged state of Montana, with pickup trucks flying Trump flags, American flags, and some with the Confederate Battle Flag. Both men and women emerged from their vehicles with tactical gear and semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 sporting rifle. Although the progressive blog, the Montana Post, referred to the group as “white terrorists,” news reports indicate that they were only concerned citizens who mostly parked a block away from the protest, keeping an eye out for any possible trouble or impending riots. Those who did hold up signs or raise their voice were mostly focused on Antifa and violent rioting that is happening around the country, and few – if any – voiced explicitly racist opinions.

They were present, the group claimed, just to watch out for potential trouble. Meanwhile, the protestors themselves say they felt intimidated and threatened by the distant presence of the “concerned citizens.” Their firearms looked imposing and their dress and attire appeared militant. For many onlookers, the two groups seemed diametrically opposed to one another and a potential race conflict was on the horizon.

But then, something amazing happened. The two groups began to converse. They talked to one another. And as they spoke, they figured out that neither group wanted violence and neither group supported hate.

One publication quotes an ethnic-minority participant in the George Floyd remembrance rally as saying, “It means that we’re having a conversation, and we’re getting together and putting differences aside and talking. We’re doing it peacefully and coming together as a unified community instead of against one another.”

Eventually, the racial equality protestors politely asked that the concerned citizens put down their flags and shield them from potential trouble, whether Antifa groups rumored to be in the area or possible alt-right trouble makers. In a stunning display of humanity, the counter-protestors put down their flags. In typical Montana fashion, they did not put down their guns.

Derek Crowe, originally a counter-protestors, said, “Even if there is nothing coming, no violence, just being here and making sure that not only they’re safe, but our community and our buildings, too.”

But with their guns in hand, and having maneuvered their pickup trucks around the protestors as a 21st-century version of “circling the wagons,” the concerned citizens joined the protest against racial inequality and even sung along with some of their songs.

Another counter-protestor, Carla Lewis, had two sons with her who were open-carrying their firearms. Lewis told the Missoulian, “Our thing is, and they don’t like it, all lives matter.”

Then she added, “But I understand Black Lives Matter, because of what happens. We don’t agree with what happened, and that cop needs to do time.”

Of course, no happy ending can go unbegrudged. One participant, a black woman, told the press, “Missoula is so desperate for white-washed harmony, they’re going to believe that things are all good because they see this shininess happening between protesters and militia and cops. And it’s not, it’s a co-option of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

She concluded, “They need to put their guns down. You don’t shoot people who are looting.”

Most Missoulians would disagree with that sentiment and most looters probably would get shot if caught breaking-and-entering anywhere in Montana. Thankfully, however, most participating in the rally for George Floyd were appreciative that concerned citizens were present and now protecting them, even with guns in hand.

Imagine that…the “white terrorists” actually turned out to be reasonable human beings who could understand where the protestors were coming from and would likewise condemn police brutality. Conversely, the racial equality protestors could empathize with the counter-protestors and understand they just wanted to keep their community safe from mob violence incited by Antifa.

In the end, the two groups came together in song and fellowship to both mourn the loss of George Floyd and cry out for a peaceful rather than violent response. This story should be on the national news and the front page of every newspaper. This is how America is supposed to be.

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature” – Abraham Lincoln.


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  1. Thank you for having the most accurate report of what really happened in Missoula between the protestors and those of us who were out in force to try to keep Missoula safe from harm, if things were to get out of hand. You’re the first one to get it right.

  2. You know what pisses me off? The fact you label these men as WHITE TERRORISTS! What have these men done to be branded with the label of white TERRORISTS? Not a fucking thing! They showed up legally with open carry firearms. Why? I do know , maybe because our country is being looted and destroyed! Shame on you for racially profiling a race. Shame on you! There are a lot of white men out here who want to live peaceful lives just like every other men and women of color. Wow!

  3. Actually, Mr. Germain, it is *very* far-fetched to think that busloads of Antifa were coming to cause trouble in Montana. Or anywhere else.
    Unlike the Proud Boys, the Boogaloo Bois and their ilk, antifa is not an organization. It’s a state of mind, a point of view, a commitment to oppose fascism wherever one finds it, by whatever means are at one’s disposal. Also unlike the white supremacist agitator “boys,” there are no anonymous billionaires funding antifa activities, because there’s no “Antifa” entity to fund. Someone decides they are firmly anti-fascist, they’re antifa. How they express that is up to them, and they do it in their own dime. I’m old and broke and wobbly, and I’m antifa. You may well be antifa, if you oppose fascism, and just never claimed the label because you didn’t understand it.
    Antifa is only scary to fascists. Ask yourself why you’ve been told to fear it.

  4. “Rumors of out-of-state paid Antifa protestors coming east from Couer d’Alaine … (an unsubstantiated but not far-fetched claim)….” Really? Please provide some evidence — any evidence — that this is NOT far-fetched. It is in fact entirely far-fetched, even ridiculous. Unless your media diet consisted exclusively of Alex Jones, Fox News, and far-right Youtube videos, these allegations would be obviously unbelievable.

    These same rumors have spread like wildfire in small rural communities throughout the country, and have been lapped up and acted upon by scared, gullible citizens — and all-too-enthusiastic militia types — spreading fear and endangering lives. This nonsense needs to be forcefully denounced; these lies need to be put to bed once and for all. That’s the duty of responsible journalism.

  5. Violent ANTIFA presence was substantiated by law enforcement and DID show up in Coeur d’Alene but did not stay.


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