Noisemakers, squeaky toys and horns drowned out the hate-filled speech of the Ku Klux Klan Monday at a Charlotte, NC anti-immigration rally.
A group of people dressed in funny costumes – most of them dressed in clown outfits – took over the KKK rally, using circus-inspired instruments to drown out the noise of the Klan’s speakers, according to msn.com. While not all of the spectators were dressed in costume, many came donned from head to toe in rainbow-colored hair, face paint, and yes, the gigantic shoes.
In addition to the cacophony of noises distracting speakers and spectators alike, the army of clowns also threw white powder into the air, as a mocking reference to “white power,” or in this case, "white flour."
Even Charlotte City Councilman John Autry attended the event wearing a red clown nose in support of the protest.
Daily Mail estimated that anti-racist protestors outnumbered Klansmen five to one at the rally. “The message from us is, you look silly,” said Lacey Williams, Youth Coordinator for Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition. “We’re dressed like clowns and you’re the ones that look funny.”
There were no arrests at the event, which concluded peacefully after two hours.
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