After Bus Beating, March For White Civil Rights
On September 14, two black students beat a white student on a West Belleville (IL) High School bus. As a result, there was a white supremacist rally Saturday in Belleville, featuring swastikas and insults with a crowd of 250 onlookers. A silent counter-protest took place close by, conducted by a church group.
While a police sniper watched from the roof of the police station, 22 members of white supremacist groups, shouted obscenities and made obscene hand gestures. One man, who had a crew cut and wore a black uniform, told the crowd of onlookers, “Wake up white America!”
“We were out there to denounce the violence,” said Belleville resident Jason Bonn, who is a corporal with the National Socialist Movement, a group with a name similar to the Nazi Party of Germany during World War II. Bonn’s group is “fighting for white civil rights.”
The videotaped fight on a school bus en route to Belleville West sparked national attention. Police originally called the attack racially motivated, but recanted that statement the next day and said it was a case of bullying.
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