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‘Not all about racism’: Neo-Confederate defends Arkansas flag rally after anti-‘n*****’ Facebook rant

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Organizers of a Confederate flag parade taking place this weekend in Arkansas say the event is not motivated by racism, KATV reports.

The city of Russellville has issued a permit for a so-called “Rebel Ride,” scheduled for Sunday at the Dardanelle Lock and Dam. Hundreds of people are expected to attend, according to THV11.

Event planners “were reluctant to release the route of the rally due to concerns about counter-protestors,” according to KATV. On the Pope County Rebel Ride’s Facebook event page, the description reads: “This rally is to show support of the rebel flag and our heritage and show we wont back down and they wont take away our rights. Also, while doing this, we will be collecting canned food donations that will go to Main Street Mission in Russellville. See yall there!”

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Tyler Titsworth, one of a handful of people organizing the march on Russellville, describes the Confederate flag as “the backbone of our community, really.”

“It’s not all about slavery, it’s not all about racism,” Titsworth tells KATV. “It was about our states wanting the rights to our individuals without having the government completely control us.”

Tim Perales, a fellow Rebel Ride coordinator, agrees.

“To me [the Confederate flag] is a symbol that says I will not be controlled,” Perales tells THV11, echoing Titsworth’s sentiments. “Everything nowadays is not offending somebody. They’re trying to take our flag and that’s offensive.”

An organization called Russellville for Justice is encouraging opponents of the rally to write letters to Randy Horton, the city’s Republican mayor.

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Posters on Russellville for Justice’s Facebook page express fear of holding a counter-protest against the neo-Confederates, lest simmering tensions turn to violence. A screenshot of the beginnings of what became a lengthy conversation on Tuesday:

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Russellville is home to the White Revolution, a neo-Nazi organization the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as a hate group. The town is situated some 85 miles away from Harrison, where the Ku Klux Klan keeps its headquarters.

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Titsworth’s Facebook page suggests the states’ rights enthusiast has some lingering racial resentments. Screenshots of some noteworthy examples are below. Raw Story blurred out the word n***** in one of Titsworth’s posts.

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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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