Political reverberations following the incidents of right wing violence and terrorism in Charlottesville (and elsewhere) continued into this weekend.
Hundreds of San Diegans gathered in front of the Museum of Man in Balboa Park on Sunday, August 27 to make their voices heard. The rally and March Against Hate had a more militant tone than some recent post-election demonstrations. Signs and banners mentioning the dreaded “Socialism” word were to be found, and there were more people of color participating.
The rally at the start was short and sweet, kicking off with the joyful sounds of the Euphoria Brass Band. We were reminded of the white supremacist imagery all around us in Balboa Park by SDSU lecturer Ozzie Monge. Those lugging banners were invited to lead the march, which headed east on Laurel Street, turning toward downtown at Sixth Avenue, and ended at Horton Plaza. There were no incidents of violence, no counter-demonstrators, and the same handful of people identifying as Antifa who’ve shown up for many recent protests.
Given that I’d spent the previous day in and out of Urgent Care and the Emergency Room–thanks to a persistent bug picked up while on vacation–, I passed on making the trek downtown.
Following is a gallery of photos from the March Against Hate: