After the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month, cities across the country are showing a willingness to stop white supremacist rallies however they can. It’s sort of up to citizens to keep Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members out of the streets, since it’s unconstitutional for the government to stop people from peacefully protesting. Even if they’re “peacefully” promoting white supremacy. Last week in Boston, for example, thousands of counter protestors filled the streets and managed to suppress a white supremacist rally. On the west coast, people are getting even more creative. For example, in San Francisco, people are fighting racists with dog poop.
This is likely not what Ghandhi meant by peaceful protest, but it’s also not the worst idea.
There’s a white supremacist rally planned for this Saturday in Chrissy Park, a public park by the Golden Gate Bridge. The other day, an artist named Tuffy Tuffington was walking his pups, stewing over the fact that it was going to be allowed to happen. No one wants Nazis, KKK members, or other far-right groups in their city. As he watched his dogs do their business, the idea struck him: Fill the park with dog poop.
Not even neo-Nazis want dog poop on their shoes.
Tuffington went home, according to The Washington Post, and created a Facebook group with a handful of friends. He sort of meant it as a joke, he told the news outlet, but he encouraged people to share it.
So far, there are about 1,000 people “going” to the event. There’s no word about the white supremacists canceling the event due to poop, but it will certainly be awful. Not only is it, well, POOP, but no one looks cool or powerful while they’re trying to wipe the soles of their footwear clean because they stepped in a “landmine.” Maybe they should get the tuba players from Boston last week to play more cartoon music while these people step around and in dog poop all day holding up their hateful signs.
There are tons of comments in the group calling the organizers and participants all sorts of names. But they’re just mad they’re going to smell like dog poop if they attend the event. This might be the one time ever that good people will be happy to hear that no one curbed their dogs in a public park. We just really hope everyone makes good on the plan to clean up the next day.