tv United Shades of America CNN July 9, 2022 11:00pm-12:00am PDT
whether you think you're biased or not, racism is a part of your life, with or without you knowing it. if we measure it, hopefully we can dismantle it. white folks, if you don't think about your own bias, there's a chance you're going to end up in one of those videos, harassing people who don't deserve it or even worse, getting someone killed. ♪ ♪ this week i'm in tacoma, seattle. seattle, washington. i'm talking to white people who want to end white supremacy, and do it the way white people
normally do it, by hash tagging it. white now they're protesting a nazi-owned tattoo shop. i say allegedly nazi-owned tattoo shop. i don't want to get sued by nazis. ♪ ♪ >> what can i do? now that's a question i hear a lot from people in my travels during these hectic times. but if i'm honest, it's really a question that i mostly hear from white people. specifically well-meaning, white liberal people. black people don't ask what we can do to help. in our who are we've always had to figure out how to make the world a better place while figuring out how to make it
through the day. some people are starting to realize, no, things are pretty f'd. those white people have taken to protesting, hash tagging, phone banking, and a little crocheting. but some white people are second amendmenting. specifically these white people. not to be confused with these white people. i know, it's confusing. these white people are the redneck revolt. this aren't a bunch of rednecks revolting against equality. they're rednecks revolting against the rednecks who are revolting against equality. i'll explain. the redneck revolt was founded in 2009 in kansas and colorado as an armed community defense which means these people are exercising their second amendment rights so that they can protect their neighborhoods from a resurgent wave of neo-nazis, white supremacists, and whatever this guy's got going on. >> get the [ bleep ] out of here now! >> you can identify them as the
alt-right, a community whose core belief is white identity is under attack. which other than the cancelation of "roseanne," have no idea what they're talking about. marching with tiki torches in order to keep away black people, jewish people, and mosquitos. most people associate this with the south, but the south isn't just a geographical location, it's a state of mind that extends from the deepest parts of texas to the pacific northwest. in response to all this, the redneck revolt has spread to the pacific northwest too. that's right. this guy's a good guy? wait a minute. that wu-tang hat is a good sign. i'm making the seattle-area chapter called the puget sound john brown gun club, in the woods doing their thing. ♪
today on "united shades of america," this is happening. lucky for my already ringing ears they're taking a break from the shooting, which gives me an opportunity to pull aside these members. what made you decide to join up. >> i grew up in a really rural area. that's part of my identity. you know, it's sort of always been a hard thing to find a place on the left. because it tends to be a thing of like, either you're against guns or you're against gays and black people. >> humanity, you're either against it -- >> yeah. that's sort of the tradeoff. >> yeah. >> you know, i think this organization felt like a place that matched my politics and my history. >> okay. because john brown gun club, john brown was not right wing as we define it now. >> all right, let's talk about john brown.
john brown was a 19th century abolitionist who was so committed to the freedom of black people that he decided to take out an armory at harper's ferry, virginia, with 21 of his friends. needless to say, it didn't go well. he tried to get more people to go with him, but even harriet tubman and frederick douglass were like, nah, i'm good on that. good luck in heaven. john brown's example continues to resonate with white activists like the redneck revolt. what member of the club were you? >> 11 or 12. i saw what happened? charlottesville. i'm a semi-observant jew. it made me feel compelled to do something. >> okay, wait. white jewish guy, white woman i need to talk to a regular white guy. >> seattle is really white. it's like norway. essentially.
but my neighborhood is like 80% plus people of color. around the election time, all of a sudden there's like white power slogans at my kid's park. the swastikas down the lake where i go hang out with my family. and like all this stuff just starts swirling. this elderly african-american couple a few blocks away, someone painted the "n" word on their truck. that's messed up. so i was just like, well -- time to get off my ass and do something. >> yeah. why aren't more white people here? and i mean maybe not here with us right now, but here in this frame of mind. you know? >> that's the real question. that's part what was we're doing is like, can we create a space where we can do community defense so people who are trying to fight back against this sort of various elements of oppression in society, they have the space to do it. >> yeah, good job, white people. >> so this is my nra membership card. >> can i see it?
>> sure. >> so what happened? >> this is kind of like out of spite. >> let's be clear, these holes don't show how close he is to a free frozen yogurt, these are bullet holes shot into his nra membership card in protest. >> this is required to shoot at certain ranges? >> yeah. >> i begged, is there any other second amendment organization i can join? they said this is the only one. i hate the nra. i think they're a [ bleep ] cowardly organization. i have no respect for them. >> that's clear. >> yeah. even from the standpoint of gun rights. >> yeah. >> because they fail to stand up for lando castille after he was killed by police for exercising his second amendment rights. >> can i ask you a personal question? >> you can. >> how would you identify yourself racially? >> i'm from morocco. i'm an arab immigrant. >> i've got to be honest, when i walked up, mostly white guys, not all. i saw you, i think he's a double agent. i didn't want to say anything in front of your friends. >> no, it's true. most of the chapter is white men.
i don't think anyone should be surprised by that, because when you look at guns, at least gun culture in the united states, it's heavily dominated by white males. and we want to change that. >> excuse me for one second. >> with the range hot again, the group asked me if i wanted to shoot big guns. and i was like, not really. a gun punched me in the nose. so i will be filing charges. >> when you're in there, it's hard to remember. it's okay, kamau. those are good white folks.
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>> oh, rudy, is there anything you know? alicia's one of the coolest, most intelligent, down to earth people i know. the way in which the media twists her work is a monument to white supremacy. like a confederate flag in south carolina, we're taking it down. thank you for coming. >> this is awesome. >> i'm always happy to see you and talk to you. this is good. there's so many places i can go with this conversation. for a lot of people, they think it's black lives against white lives. >> it's interesting. whenever black people declare unity in the midst of unmitigated chaos, somehow it is so threatening to white people. it's as if, when black people say, we love ourselves, white people be like, oh, but you hate me? wait a minute, isn't this an opportunity for you to also declare that you also believe that black lives matter? >> that we can't all matter. >> matter is limited. >> matter is limited, yes. >> it shows us a lot about where we have left to go.
>> you get pointed at or sort of accused of being anti-white. >> i'm like, my dad's white. what are we doing right now? >> yeah, how is this working? >> yeah. >> i saw you at an event that i put on and invited you to, a live podcast. there was a woman on stage. >> yes. >> she was confused about the definition of racism. >> very confused. >> yes. it would have been easy for you so like -- >> pop off. >> like watching a jedi like, you didn't know it was a lightsaber. it's like, not worth it, not today. >> yeah, it's not about white people, it's about white supremacy. and white people have to disinvest from this stuff. and they're not going to if, like, every time there's some hectic -- going on you pull out the lightsaber,er, because at the end of the day, they're not going to come back, and you need them to come back. for the most part i think what's real is white people are not taught about how they've been put in a position of power and
that's exactly how it's been allowed to fester and continue. and then from there you don't stop there and just be the most conscious and still not do shit. >> yeah. i've attained the highest level of wokeness. >> some people do that. ♪ i'm the most woke ♪ >> i'm the most woke, exactly. now that we've done this, we need to actually get in the trenches. >> so then what is your reaction when you hear about groups like the redneck revolt? >> they must be in a long tradition of anti-racist organizing amongst poor and working-class white folks. i'm not as familiar with their work, but i can tell you that more groups like that are needed. >> yeah, yeah. white people have to get better at getting their people. >> that's right. >> we need -- not allies. how do you put it? >> coconspirators. >> we need allies, because coconspirators go to jail with you. you're like, you'll be okay.
thoughts and prayers, thoughts and prayers. >> i know a lot of white people are watching the show like, that was a great segment, but i don't know if i'm quite ready to get a gun and go toe to toe with neo-nazis. lucky for you, she brought a coconspirator with her, george goehl. >> to be clear, you're only here because of her. >> i know that. >> i don't mean that in a bad way. she was like, you need to book george. okay, okay. >> you know how we do. >> i know that, yeah. >> his organization is taking a lead on dealing with our country's deep-rooted social and economic issues by organizing america's working class, often targeted by the white supremacist movement. >> start off, tell me about your organization. >> people's action is a multi-racial, working-class, people's organization. we've got hundreds of thousands of members. we're doing, for better or worse, the biggest rural organizing program in the u.s.
>> the only one that's bigger is the alt-right. we community organize. going out, knocking on doors, listening to people, figuring out what they're upset about. what if you all got together and we worked on this? we do that in big cities, suburbs, rural communities. how do we build ow power to actually change things? >> what's the conversation you're having with people about whiteness? >> we're not going to say, do you want to come to an anti-racist meeting? those would be small meetings or meetings of the people already with us. >> that's what i feel like, well, we're all here again, everybody. nancy, thanks for bringing cupcakes again. let's wrap this up. >> yeah. that's not what we're doing. >> yeah, yeah. >> we just finished knocking on 10,000 doors, and basically asked people, what is it you're upset about? what is it you want to change? whatever the issue is. move people into a campaign to win. and then along the way, then we start to have the conversations around race. did muslims crash the economy?
are black people pushing opioids into this part of the state? did the undocumented immigrants stash a bunch of money in corporate tax havens? no. we found the enemy, it's not each other. let's focus on the real villain in the story. but we can only do that, i believe, if we start where people are at, work on what they want to work on, build a foundational relationship, and then we can start to have a different conversation. >> what are the characteristics of white communities that people are missing right now? what's actually going on? >> right, right, right. it's hard to imagine until you go there just how bad it is. it's like a different kind of poverty. it's ghost town poverty. it's like the buildings like have gotten knocked down, but not taken away. it's got a desperateness to it. folks that like -- considering the conditions in the environment they live in, pretty damn woke. most of these communities are like mixed race. just to say --
>> wait, wait, wait. you're telling me that there are folks of all different races living together -- >> yes. >> -- in these communities -- >> yes. >> -- that are dealing with ghost town poverty. >> yeah. >> we don't hear that story. >> i think it's a huge problem. >> what's at stake when we miss that story? >> if the primary portrayal of poor white people is backward, trump-loving hillbillies, the people that are with us in these communities are going to be like, if y'all don't want me on the team, i'm going to stop trying out. i don't feel like y'all want me on the team. if we're not there, somebody else is going to be. >> yeah. >> so i've got, you know, fliers that people have sent me that are, hey, you're struggling with opioid addiction? it's not your fault, we can help you, give us a call, the white knights of the kkk, and a local phone number.
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at the gun range, people from the redneck revolt talked about something i've thought of the seattle area for years. >> it's like norway. >> according to the stats, it's changing. the white population has declined to its lowest point in modern history. ever since donald trump started making america great again, hate crimes are on the rise, doubling in the last year, many incidents being tied to white supremacist groups. >> you ever see that red stuff, the good old boys driving through? >> you do. they're not always just regular people. sometimes in uniforms. sometimes people of power. >> let's be clear. she's talking about the cops. you seem like a person if i say the words white supremacy, you didn't flinch, you just nodded. >> white supremacy is the standard in america, and it's
always been. we need to work on actually dismantling it. >> yeah. the northwest is a melting pot of all types of cultures. we have to make judgments. >> cnn sucks! >> cnn sucks! >> they also pay my rent. thank you, i'll tell my kids. >> make america great again! >> you're doing a good job, love that sweater! >> now there are people out there who are willing to go even further than the redneck revolt to stop the rise of hate. i'm headed to bainbridge island across puget sound to meet up with antifa. as we know, antifa gets the headline. while the redneck revolt and antifa are associated, redneck revolt is about preventing violence, while antifa is like, we wish a nazi would.
they very specific kwliically wanted to meet up at the japanese memorial. whether you love or hate antifa, chances are you're feeling a nervous jolt of anticipation as i'm about to sit down with one of these legendary hardcore activists. >> today i was reading an article. rafi who does the baby beluga, antifa. >> not what you're expecting? this is ariel here to help us learn. >> tucker carlson from fox news at one point in the not too distant past labeled me a leader of antifa in the bay area. which was news to me. i was like, yeah, yeah, yeah. >> well, wow. >> kamau bell is among other things a host on cnn, he is a supporter of antifa, they hate this country, they want to tear it down. none of that seems to matter to kamau bell, you are peddling hate. >> it was funny, i've never been to a meeting.
for example, the pronunciation, ante-fa, anti-fa? >> ante-fa. >> how would you describe yourself? >> the way i describe antifa, do you approve of fascism? >> no. then you could consider yourself as antifa if you chose to. if you're opposed to fascism, you are antifa, it's antifascism. that could be a lot of things. say they're a great programmer and they can build a website to educate children. do you think people deserve love? antifa. >> so antifa is antifascism. in a world of politics where does it land on our far-right spectrum? it doesn't. >> the political compass is more a square. bottom left, that's where you find anarchical communism, which is the political ideology i have now. no leaders, no hierarchies. the top right, that's fascism. >> where is a i'm with her hillary democrat?
>> probably left of center, as opposed to like a right of center, more like -- kind of think of it as a moderate republican. abraham lincoln? >> yes, exactly. that's the last time we had a true moderate republican. now the stuff you see on the news, specifically like you've actually at times had to get out there and mix it up. what was it like? >> so i went to visit this protest in portland. there was like the proud boys and this group called a.c.t., anti-islamic. and this guy just ran at these two girls. and so they were both wearing hijabs. he definitely looked like he was going to hit them, jump on them. i didn't even think about it, i jumped like at him, but i picked him up. like off the ground. and i threw him on the ground. and then i jumped on him and started like punching him.
>> it's not easy to imagine you in the streets punching a proud boy in the face. which doesn't mean i don't believe you would do it. you know how you frame people like, this is what i'm expecting, this is what this person is going to be. to sit with you right now, it's not what i imagined. oh! i love that these are -- >> i know, i like that. >> i want to ask you -- wow. >> i usually have a couple of those on me just in case. >> just in case. >> i use it for whatever i need to use it for. >> point taken, in other words, stay in line, kamau, keep it friendly. you have a bag of things. >> i do. >> let's do show and tell. including the mask. >> i do, yeah. so this is good for masking up. this is what a lot of people use. just like a black bandana. wear it like this. >> my heart elevated. i was like, is something happening? >> here we go.
so these are some of the flyers. >> oh, so this is the thing you put up around neighborhoods. >> yeah, this guy works for i.c.e., grabbing kids, taking them away from their families, whatever. i-docs. it's basically like you post people's public information or make them known to people. >> are you not afraid that somebody from the the other side is going to go, i'm going to is going to go, i'm going to dox you! >> they can go for it. >> you could have shown up today masked up. >> yeah. >> so that we don't see your face, so there's a little more plausible to anonymity. >> i could have. it's never made me stop before. >> i'm going to block out this person's face. >> yeah, yeah. >> have you seen this bern getting coffee in your neighborhood or your bus? this person is from the privatized immigration detention system, modern-day nazi putting people in concentration camps, be on the lookout. some people are going to say, saying they're a modern-day nazi. >> inflammatory.
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like we can be creative, there's so many ways to say no. like there's so many ways. everyone can do it. >> yeah. sometimes it can be like, no. sometimes like, no! >> right. >> do you have a pocket guide? >> yeah. >> i mean, like when we do -- we did this. >> nice. >> the little no is, no, this is bad. the not ever is really recognizing, there's a social movement that is seeking to take over. >> yes. >> and create a white ethnic homeland. >> this is like, i voted a straight democratic ticket. and this is like, we've got to hit the streets! >> right. the very least we can do is say no to white nationalism. >> this is the power of art, i think. this is a very intense message put in a very fun little package. >> kate's pamphlet offers things on how to diffuse white supremacy. part of their no, not ever exhibition that included interviews with actors in the pacific northwest who worked against white nationalism in the
1980s and '90s. i'm pretty sure this is antifa. there's two of my favorite words in this. they start the whole thing off. how do we solve the problem of white feminism? >> right. when we think of white nationalism, we think of man. women are totally invisible. white women, they've gotten a pass. >> yes. white women, on the bus, for the vote, tapping into white power, what white supremacy offered them. >> you heard that right. no, susan b. anthony is beloved and put on a coin that nobody cared about. but the women's suffrage movement was about white women. receipts show some organizers got the 19th amendment through by reassuring white men that white supremacy would be strengthened if white women would be given the right no vote. whoa, what in the name of mrs. maisel is going on white women? black women had to wait until
the voting rights act of 1965 to legally go to the polls without harassment. although like my grandmother said, just because white folks say it, it don't mean they play it. how do you feel about the redneck revolt? the idea of progressive people who are also like, we need to take up arms and exercise our second amendment rights? >> it's great. >> a great no, right? it's a great no and a yes. and it's competing. >> oh, look at this, one of my favorite things. grainy black and white footage of black and white people fighting for our civil rights. seattle's long and storied history of coming together to fight racism can provide lessons for people just showing up to the party. i'm showing up to soulful dishes to share soul food with charm armsbury and aaron dickson, founder of the seattle chapter of the black panther party. they've spent decades together fighting for the cause of justice. >> there's a narrative the black
panthers wanted to hurt white people. at the beginning, you two were already working together. >> malcolm x went through that evolution, a period of being a black nationalist. and after traveling, not just around the world but in parts of america, he began to realize that this struggle was not just about black people. that this struggle was for the rights of all people. >> that was an enduring solidarity that i felt with members of the panther better and era. it's a sense of duty, a sense of honor. we're going to look out for each other. >> and the fact that black americans are such a small population, how can we talk about changing the system in america, revolution in america, when we're such a small part of the pie? >> in the late '60s, the panthers banded together with
chuck's patriot party to organize poor rural white people in the appalachian south and the pacific northwest. others organizations doing similar work in chicago. talk about the role that guns played back then, especially with the panther party. >> we carried our weapons everywhere. people tried to say the black panthers were violent. we weren't violent. we espoused self-defense. >> everybody was armed. everybody had a loaded weapon. during that whole period when is the fbi got active and found a way to bust me. so i ended up being charged and convicted of a sawed-off shotgun, one-quarter inch too short. gave me ten years. no priors. i'm a graduate student, man. >> yeah, yeah. >> as long as they are able to keep us divided and fighting amongst each other, the longer that this racist, capitalist, imperialist structure will continue to move forward and
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wear black lives matter patches. >> excellent. >> we're perfectly aligned with the cause you help promote. >> excellent, thank you for saying that. tell me more. why guns? why is guns the organizing principle? >> there's something to be said for being able to show up to a protest with highly armed and primarily violent far-right activists, and they don't do shit when we're there. and everything's peaceful. people get to speak their mind and protest. and you showing up at a rally with a gun is different than me showing up at a rally with a gun. it is an obligation in this country at this point for me to -- for me, i feel, like i need to go and put my body in front of their guns. and i'm okay with that. my wife's less okay with that. >> yeah, yeah, yeah. >> but you know, i can use my white privilege to speed on the highway, or i can use my white privilege to put my body in front of other people's guns.
>> the idea of white people with guns showing up to protect people like you who are out there to speak your mind, yeah that sounds right. i don't want you carrying a gun to the black lives matter rally. >> you know black lives matter already gets characterized -- >> even when nobody's held a gun. >> i've never held a gun in my life. >> right wing elements see it as a way to find common ground with us and hold a conversation. we put out literature at a second amendment rally that says, gun control is racist. and we identified and explained all the different ways that gun control laws have been used to target black men specifically. >> all gun laws predominantly in america have been about disarming black people. white people are afraid of black people with guns. >> yes. >> that is the root of gun law in america. the southern slave patrols to now. >> yeah. >> interesting point. >> before we wrap this up, i
invite you to give them something to take to their white people. >> oh, man. >> yeah. >> i think y'all are doing it, honestly. i feel really heartened. the only other thing i can say is, keep embedding yourself in communities that people don't go to, except for the alt-right. >> on saturday, a group that we work with a lot called tan is having a rally outside a neo-nazi tattoo shop that's in my neighborhood and it needs to be shut down. >> you're going to check it out? >> yeah. >> you're gangster. >> at least your girl calls you gangster, you put that in your bio. i'll update my wikipedia page, wrap it up there. >> the redneck revolt provide their own brand of community defense in many ways like protecting counter protesters, taking a page from the black panthers, feeding those in need, teaching gun safety courses like
this one. >> okay, push this button. >> i've never touched a gun in my life, and watching this power point presentation makes me want to pee my pants, i'm so nervous. >> got it, got it, got it. this is halley, a spokesperson for tacoma against nazis. how did you get involved in this? >> so there is a local tattoo parlor in tacoma that is run by confirmed neo-nazis. they would tell you they're not nazis, i couldn't tell they bedeck themselves in nazi imagery. it's really abhorrent to me that we have a group of people that stand up and send a public message to say, tacoma is a place where we're not going to put up with this, we're not cool with nazis doing business in our community. >> these photo of the tattoo shop owner show tattoos of the number 88. and according to the
anti-defamation league, that's white supremacist code for "heil, hitler." this group photo with the banner of crossed hammers, logo of the hammer skins, a skinhead organization documented by the southern poverty law center. the wolf's angel sign, the symbol for the nazi party and worn by the german ss. they've got a lot of ways to show you they're nazis. we get it. you're nazis. >> so far we've had two protests outside the tattoo parlor. at the second protest things got pretty heated. there were a few moments that definitely could have escalated into violence. it was these guys that shut it down. >> wow. >> so much about what we're trying to do is build a coalition and inspire people to actually take action. so we need to recognize that everyone has different tactics. they're not all going to be our tactics, but we all need to link our arms and agree we have a common enemy. >> i have a question. you have a wedding ring. do you have any kids? >> i have a baby. >> how old is the baby? >> 14 months, just started walking. >> you're a mom, a new mom.
married. have a job. and just looking at you, you don't look like a nazi fighter. if i was to read a book called "tacoma nazi fighter" i'd expect a grizzled muscled man or woman in fatigues. half a cigar. are you afraid? are you afraid? >> i imagine you're familiar with the 4chan. there's a level deeper called 8chan. i learned that this summer. they're internet message boards that attract fringe groups that can share information without censorship. these are dark corners of the internet that make the worst parts of twitter look like your grandma's etsy page. >> there are white supremacists trying to hunt down my address. my husband and i have been nervous. we have a baby. we're not trying to be reckless. but we feel so strongly, it's time for us to show up with our faces and our reputations and
our bodies and take on a little bit of that risk that everybody else doesn't get to choose whether or not to have the safety. >> that's important part for me, taking the risk, with your skin, your white skin. >> exactly. i'm here to show my white face and show them that i'm here and i don't like what they're doing. [water splashes] is it on the green? [goose squawks] i was just looking for my ball. 19th hole, sam adams summer ale. [goose squawks] (here you go.) (cheers guys!) oh, marco's pepperoni magnifico. classic and old world pepperoni® on one pizza—and a large is just $9.99?! the phrase “slice of heaven” comes to mind... marco's. pizza lovers get it. lemons. lemons, lemons, lemons. look how nice they are. the moment you become an expedia member, you can instantly start saving on your travels.
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so the day's arrived for the protest against the alleged nazi owned tat to shop. still don't want to get sued. want to make sure your afro is at its highest point when you're standing up to nazis. once my fro was ready and this guy put on his bullet-proof onesie, we are off to the races. >> we are protesting an erratic and potentially violent group. so we're overindexing on safety. i think we're going to have a really fun day if we can follow instructions. >> just like a mom. have fun but be safe. >> i am hosting my husband's and brother's joint birthday party after this protest. >> i love this. it's like we still have to live our lives. >> so my husband is home cooking his own birthday dinner. >> that's funny, i got to go
fight nazis, so pick up some slack. it was pleasant, strangely, we could tailgate if we wanted to. it's nice. now, is that on the rung from what happened a couple nights ago? >> yes. >> you went to jay z and beyonce concert in seattle? >> yes. >> so you really got a full shot of like let's do this. yes. put your signs up. if you like it then you've got to put the nazis out. i've probably already broken copyright legislation. it's covered under parody. i don't have to pay for this. i thought i would be across the street from the nazis. we're about to walk past the
nazi tat to shop right now. >> whose town? >> our town! >> whose town? >> our town! >> how you doin'? >> good. >> they got people coming in from the back. they went down the alley, and they're coming in the back, and that truck i don't know if you noticed came from over here. >> oh. so you're seeing some action happening. >> well, they're just showing up. we'll see how it goes but looks good. >> it's a great crowd. >> nazis gone! >> their time has come! >> and while i was afraid something bad might happen apparently when you show up with a bunch of dancing committed members, white supremacy takes a knee. so how's this going?
>> fantastic. >> amazing. >> yeah. >> what do you think? >> it's weird. it seems good, when i was told earlier in the week i was going to go to a nazi protest i didn't go oh, that should be fun. >> but it's fun. >> it is. >> people love getting rid of nazis. >> what feels better than this, right? >> i didn't expect kids to be here. >> this is like a old time picnic. everybody in america should take a day off on the weekend and protest nazis. it should be just a thing. >> it's so cool to be to see such a broad base of support. we have the moms. we had a couple neighbors come by and say oh, my god, i didn't know anyone actually cared. thank you, somebody finally showed up. >> i think a lot of people of color are going to be surprised there's a lot of white people out here. and a lot of white people are like i thought i was doing enough. >> we aren't just allies, we're accomplices. >> co-conspirators. i'll let you get back to it, thanks. what can i do? that was the question that started this whole thing.
unlike most episodes of this show when we ask questions, this time, we've definitely answered. you can use your privilege to defend others, and you can have fun while you're doing it. you can get directly in the fight and still make it home for that birthday party. and all the while you can learn from the people around you who have been doing this work for years. white people, we've seen what these folks are willing to do. what are you willing to do? it's not a rhetorical question. it's the first time i've heard a black lives matter chant that i didn't feel like i had to get in on. they got it. black lives matter. >> black lives matter!
welcome to all of you watching us here in the united states, canada, and all around the world. i'm kim brunhuber. ahead on "cnn newsroom," turmoil in sri lanka. voting under way in japan just two days after shinzo abe was assassinated while on the campaign trail. we're live in tokyo on the latest investigation