The city of Shelbyville, Tennessee, which has a population of just over 20,000 people, is bracing for the firestorm that is sure to accompany a major white nationalist rally set to take place within its borders later this month.
Local news station Fox 17 reports that the planned “White Lives Matter” rally scheduled for October 28 is being used to protest refugees being resettled in central Tennessee. Residents of Shelbyville, however, insist that the white supremacists’ decision to stage a rally in their city is not a reflection of their community’s values.
“I’m not going to speculate on why they chose this community,” said Shelbyville resident Allen Pitner, who is the CEO of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. “Could be a logistics thing or something, but again they are in no way reflective of anything about our community.”
“It’s actually really scary especially since we’re having a festival called the Boo and Brew the same day,” said local resident Reeni Dee about the prospect of violence in the city. “We’re a little scared about it.”
The rally is being organized by groups that helped organize the violent white nationalist protests that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia this past August.
Watch Fox 17’s report on the upcoming rally below.