White supremacists plan March 3 rally in Duluth

  • Updated: February 25, 2012 - 9:38 PM

A white supremacist group says it will hold a rally March 3 in Duluth to protest a community anti-racism campaign that some detractors have called unfair to white people.

The Supreme White Alliance expects 20 to 100 people to attend the rally at the Civic Center, an outdoor square in downtown Duluth, said Robert Hester, of Superior, Wis., who identified himself as a "council member" who represents the Supreme White Alliance from Illinois to the West Coast.

Hester said the so-called Un-Fair Campaign that is underway in Duluth is "reverse discrimination" against the white race. The campaign kicked off with billboards and posters with pictures of white faces on which are written messages such as, "It's hard to see racism when you're white," and "Is white skin really fair skin?"

In response, about 40 Duluth organizations and nearly 150 individuals have signed a pledge to stay away from the rally.

"Any attention we give them only gives them what they want," said Duluth Mayor Don Ness, who has received hateful messages from around the world as a result of the campaign.

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