Over the Fourth of July
weekend, a white supremacist group based in Texas
attempted to march on Philadelphia
, but was forced to celebrate the holiday
in the Confederate manner.
“They literally ran away from the people
of Philadelphia,” said Michael Crum, a Philadelphia police
officer, to local ABC
: The white supremacist group "Patriot Front
" marched through the streets of Philadelphia late last night and early this morning, prompting a response from the Philadelphia Police Department. Officers say no one in the group was from Philadelphia, and the group is based in Fort Worth, Texas. Updates @6abc pic.twitter.com/vPYbcczFtO — Gray Hall (@GrayHall6abc) July 4
According to NBC
Philadelphia, approximately 200 masked and khaki-clad members of the Patriot Front organization, which the Southern Poverty Law Center
lists as a white nationalist hate group, marched on the city Saturday night.
According to the station, they chanted about the election
and "reclaim America
," pushed and shoved people, and stole a reporter's cellphone.
However, as more residents arrived, the boldness faded.
10 patriot front fashies chased away by 2 randos in Philly*pathetic* pic.twitter.com/045Tqg0zFw — professor of critical wraith theory (@IAmGryphoneer) July 4, 2021
“They began engaging with Philadelphia residents, who were none too pleased with what they were saying,” Crum told WPVI. “These males felt threatened, and at one point, someone in their crowd threw a type of smoke bomb to cover their retreat.”
Jim Kenney was "appalled" that the group chose his city for their protest
“While we respect everyone’s right to free speech
, our administration opposes everything these groups stand for,” he wrote on Twitter, adding, “Racism
, intolerance, and hatred have no place here.”
More footage of the white supremacist group Patriot Front attempting to protect themselves from being beaten up in #Philly #PullUpSummer pic.twitter.com/wPWsV8OFPJ — Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) July 4, 2021
and videos from the scene show them fleeing in Penske box trucks, including images taken by a Philadelphia Inquirer photographer.
When another member of the white supremacist group pulled down the truck's roll-up door, slamming him in the head, one of the white supremacists
was hit and fell:
— Abdul-Aliy (@MxAbdulAliy) July 4, 2021
Police pulled over the vehicles and were seen questioning, frisking, and detaining members of the group.
However, police told NBC Philadelphia that no arrests were made, and no injuries or property damage were reported.
According to one local activist, police did not do enough to prevent white supremacists from attacking bystanders.
“It is clear that when Black
people and our accomplices and allies organize in the streets, they are met with a different kind of response from police,” Abdul-Aliy Muhammad told the Inquirer.
According to Shira Goodman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, her organization will investigate to ensure that the group did not receive preferential treatment from the police.
According to ProPublica, Patriot Front is the “nation’s most active white supremacist group.”
According to the organization, the group was founded following the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville
Nothing like taking your kids to Philadelphia for the Fourth of July and running into literal Nazis
. These scumbags are members of the Patriot Front. That may or may not be my kids and I joining a growing crowd yelling at the spineless dickholes and chasing them away from City Hall. #fucknazis pic.twitter.com/bqYviUq1Bd — Not Today
(@SunnyDelight888) July 4, 2021