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AirTalk debates: What’s the best way to protest white supremacist rallies?

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 12:  White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters in the street after the "Unite the Right" rally was delcared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police the rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the "alt-right" clash with counter-protesters in the street after the "Unite the Right" rally was delcared a unlawful gathering by Virginia State Police August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

When it comes to protesting protests, the best tactic for doing so is still up for debate.

When it comes to protesting protests, the best tactic for doing so is still up for debate.

“Forget about it,” writes one L.A. Times columnist. “Take a nap. But whatever you do, don’t give the extremists the one thing they so desperately want: A response.”

Some say violenceis the answer. In April, when Ann Coulter canceled her speech at UC Berkeley,  pro-Trump supporters came to Civic Center Park in droves. Many wore body armor, andaccording to The San Francisco Chronicle, they were prepared to fight. But no one showed up to counter protest. Instead, the protest fizzed out and attendees went home without much of a tussle.

But as the country saw in Charlottesville this month, violence against white supremacist rallies can be life-threatening.  What’s the best way to organize a protest? Do you ignore it? Make fun of it? Bring your dog to a field where a protest is scheduled and not clean its “business” up?

How do you think should the country handle protests in the future? Call us at 866-893-5722 to weigh in.

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