(Kingston, NY) A rally in Kingston, NY that was initiated by white supremacist podcaster Hal Turner drew approximately 50 supporters, according to wire service reports and my contacts on the ground at the rally. The police, however, had the largest presence, numbering between 175 and 200 officers, outnumbering both pro-white and anti-racist forces.
The small turnout is a credit to community leaders in Kingston, who effectively campaigned for residents to boycott the rally. At least a half-dozen community events were scheduled away from the rally; this is in marked contrast to the October 15 neo-Nazi rally in Toledo, in which the only alternative event occurred less than a mile from the rally site.
Hal Turner went into spin mode even before the rally, with a post on his website at midnight last night that his rally "separates the wheat from the chaff in the movement." Turner also preemptively complained that potential supporters "had three weeks notice but they didn't show up."
It should be noted that Turner himself is something of a paraiah in the white power movement, and that a number of white supremacist groups boycotted this rally. Will Williams, who has bounced around the white power movement for decades, has reportedly placed a $1,000 bounty for anyone who would break the skull of Turner.
Left: Internet racist broadcaster Hal Turner
Turner's show has repeatedly advertised an imaginary product called the "Portable Nigger Lyncher." Here is the text of the parody ad that Turner ran:
"Does the community where you live tend to be getting darker and darker. Are you looking for an evening of entertainment with your friends and family? Well, folks, this is the answer to your prayers. The one and only PNL — Portable Nigger Lyncher. Complete with two ropes and custom hand-tied nooses."
Turner, who has had threats against him phoned in during his podcast, attempted to taunt members of the crowd into violent action against him.
"Here I am! Now's your chance!" Turner shouted. "You talk all tough on the phone, but you are too chicken to carry it out!"
No one in the crowd took the bait, unlike October 15 in Toledo.
Lessons for Toledo from the Kingston flop:
1. Schedule many alternative events on December 10, and make sure that they are held a fair distance from the rally site.
2. Get the message out to boycott the rally in as many venues as possible. Despite the fact that Turner was able to stage his rally at the high school (like Toledo), my contacts at the rally say there were very few teenagers present. Kudos to the school officials at Kingston High School.
3. Let the neo-Nazis have their minutes of spewing hate, and let them leave. Denying them their free speech rights is not only unconstitutional, but also make them look like martyrs instead of idiots. Let's not allow these clowns to derive any sympathy by giving them the right to claim victimhood.
Epilogue: NSM's Bill White decided to sit this one out, although he did take the opportunity to claim that "that there were more white activists than anti-racists" based on wire service reports. As of this writing, there has been no official word on Hal Turner's website.
Addendum (10:30 PM): Turner is predictably labeling the event a "tremendous success," and he chastised the "thousands of 'pro-white' keyboard commandos who stayed safely at home and did nothing." Turner agrees with wire service reports and my on-site collaborator that there were about 50 pro-white supporters and approximately 100 counter-demonstrators.