On Saturday, an event in the city of Evansville, Tennessee, was meant to honor two African American men who were murdered in recent years.
The event was billed as “Black Lives Matter: Unity at the Crossroads.”
But instead, it became a show of force against what it deemed a “white supremacy” agenda that sought to silence dissent on campus.
As the crowd gathered to listen to speeches from local black leaders, they were treated to a display of racial slurs, which some were quick to defend as “saying a lot.”
The speaker, however, was none other than the man behind the event, Gavin Grimm, the co-founder of the alt-right “alt-right” movement and a key figure behind the protests against the planned removal of a Confederate statue.
The man who led the event had a history of racism and misogyny.
Grimm is a well-known white supremacist who, after the murder of Trayvon Martin, became a prominent supporter of Donald Trump.
He also used his platform at the rally to speak out against a recent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left one woman dead and dozens injured.
The rally itself was marred by violence, with protesters reportedly using pepper spray, rocks and other weapons to attack counterprotesters.
At least one person was arrested.
The incident prompted Evansville Mayor John Black to denounce the violence and call on the police to use more lethal force.
However, the white nationalist event was not a response to the Charlottesville rally, but rather a celebration of a “community of unity” that was being led by Grimm and other prominent white nationalists.
At the rally, the speaker and his supporters were met with boos and chants of “white power.”
It was not long before the crowd began to leave, but the event was soon disrupted when several masked activists began to storm the stage, shouting, “white supremacists, get out of our city!”
The crowd then erupted into violence.
Some of the masked protesters assaulted the man with a hammer, before several other men in the crowd were injured by the crowd.
A fight broke out as the two groups struggled over who would get to be the first to throw a punch.
Several individuals were then arrested.
In response to a report that some of those arrested were members of the KKK, the Evansville Police Department released a statement that said they were only involved in arrests to maintain public order.
Grimm was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
The charges were later dropped, however.
Black called the attack a “disgraceful attack on our community” and accused Grimm of “continuing to use his platform to incite violence and promote a racist ideology.”
“As a member of the Ku Klux Klan, Mr. Grimm has no place in our city,” Black said.
“The Ku Klux Klansman is a hateful racist who should not be allowed to hold a platform in this city.”