In the midst of a $1.3 billion infrastructure project, Washington Metro Area Transit Authority must also contend with the #UnitetheRight protest demonstration in Washington, D.C. on August 12. Many #UnitetheRight supporters will be gathering in Virginia to demonstrate at Lafayette Park in DC.
Protest organizer and activist, Jason Kessler tweeted “my intent is to make the case for why white rights should be part of the conversations to prevent extremism. Especially as white people are facing lowered life expectancy, dwindling population, demonization of our history and culture, etc.”
Perhaps the Archives is the best stop to examine the U.S. Constitution before mobilizing to protest to preserve white civil rights. Does the Constitution not grant civil rights to all citizens? It also grants citizens the right to peaceful assembly which includes whites and all the other colors under the rainbow. When did it change? Maybe when Donald Trump became President of the United States.
The DC Voice went to Deanwood Metro, ahead of the projects and protest to learn if anyone knew a protest was on its way. Along with how they feel about a private transit service for white civil rights supporters.
DC Voice: Have you heard about a #UnitetheRight protest coming to DC? If so, what did you learn from hearing about it? Do you plan to ride Metro during that time? Have you heard of Metro providing private rail service for the protesters? If so, how do you feel about it?
Marsella, 50: No, haven’t heard about a protest. I will ride it, but I don’t have any money to put on it. No, I didn’t hear about Metro providing private rail service.
Marvin Hernandez: No, haven’t heard about a protest. If it is don’t know main goal of protest. I haven’t heard of Metro providing private rail service for protesters.
Byrd: No, haven’t heard about a protest. I guess I will ride Metro during a protest, I got to get to work. No, I didn’t hear about Metro providing private rail service.
Michael: No, haven’t heard about a protest. Yeah, I will still ride Metro during a protest. No, I didn’t hear about Metro providing private rail service.
Thomas: No, haven’t heard about a protest. I mainly ride the bus, but still would ride the train. Yes, I saw it on the news. It’s a good idea to have, it won’t affect me because I take the bus to and from work.
Despite who’s heard of a protest or a private priority transit rail service for white civil rights defenders, people should plan ahead the weeks of August 11-26 and add extra time to their schedule. White Civil Rights Activist Jason Kessler has. He’s taken time to tell supporters how to plan ahead of the scheduled work, starting with a “Rally Countdown Timer” on their website. The site gives instructions to protest participants:
- REMEMBER: If you feel your rights are being violated in any way contact a team member for assistance.
- Do not react with anger to anyone.
- Don’t forget American or Confederate flags, water, and bodycams.
Metro will not allow the protest to interfere with their project. However, the jury is still out on whether they will make special arrangements for the protestors or not.