(Toledo, OH) The Toledo Blade ran an article today that quoted city, county, and state officials on the costs associated with the October 15 NSM rally and subsequent violence. The paper arrived at a figure of $336,000, which does not include damages to private businesses and residences.
Officials in Kingston, NY - the site of a pro-white rally on Saturday - gave a preliminary estimate of $100,000 as the cost of maintaining the peace when Internet podcaster Hal Turner was joined by NSM, Aryan Nations, and other white supremacist groups.
The costs associated with providing protection to neo-Nazis and white supremacists do not go unnoticed by the racist right.
"We'll come back again and again until we bankrupt this city," Turner told onlookers Saturday. My sources on the ground said that Turner seemed giddy about the effect that his rally had on local finances.
"It was clear that he took a perverse delight in sticking the city of Kingston with these expenses," said one observer. "Turner has been bragging about it on his show and to any reporter who will stick a microphone in his face."
Cities such as Kingston and Toledo face difficult choices when it comes to the arrival of white power rallies. If a city were to eschew police protection for the hatemongers, they would leave themselves open for much costlier lawsuits should violence break out. At the same time, citizens of a given city would much rather see administrators spend limited resources on items like education and protection of local citizens.
Furthermore, the purported reason for gathering used by many white power activists these days revolves around protesting crime (specifically for them, black-on-white crime). Are these groups really helping cash-strapped cities use their resources wisely, or is this just a pretense to get more exposure for their racist ideology?
Addendum: I would like to close with a quote from Hal Turner from his Kingston speech; I think that this is telling of the mindset we are dealing with:
But we are at the end of our rope and hope that you correct these problems black america [sic]; because believe me, being at the end of a rope is not a nice place to be.