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Missouri Militia Counters Social Justice Rally On Kansas City's Country Club Plaza

Frank Morris
KCUR 89.3
Militia members met demonstrators on Country Club Plaza Sunday.

On Sunday, several hundred people gathered in Mill Creek Park. They marched through the Country Club Plaza to counter the white supremacist movement and racism in general. Militia members were there to meet them. 


Like a number of people at the protest, Will Jones kept a wary eye on about two dozen armed men, dressed in camouflage and Kevlar, standing nearby.


"We’re not used to seeing something like this here," said Jones. "I know they’re everywhere, but you know, when you see it in person, with some of that military hardware like that, it kind of stresses you out. It becomes real when you see it in person."


The militia present were mostly members of the Missouri chapter of the Three Percenters. They declined interviews, but were on hand to counter the otherwise liberal, social justice, anti-racist protest. 


Amanda Vean joined the demonstrators, idly swinging a baseball bat.


"Well, they came with guns, so I came with a baseball bat," Vean said. "If they attack us, I mean, we have to do something. I’m not just going to sit back and let it happen."


And nothing did happen, there was no bloodshed. But some demonstrators worry about future protests.


Frank Morris is a national correspondent and senior editor at KCUR 89.3. You can reach him on Twitter @FrankNewsman.

I’ve been at KCUR almost 30 years, working partly for NPR and splitting my time between local and national reporting. I work to bring extra attention to people in the Midwest, my home state of Kansas and of course Kansas City. What I love about this job is having a license to talk to interesting people and then crafting radio stories around their voices. It’s a big responsibility to uphold the truth of those stories while condensing them for lots of other people listening to the radio, and I take it seriously. Email me at frank@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @FrankNewsman.
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