The protest’s self-portrayal as victims of oppression fell flat.
Women’s March Organizer Tamika Mallory compared her organization’s #NRA2DOJ March on Friday to the marches undertaken by civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama in 1965.
“In the spirit of those who walked across the bridge in Selma, Alabama, they knew they were going to meet Bull Connor, but they went anyhow. And today, we march anyhow,” Mallory told the crowd as she raised her fist.
“We are also prepared to stand up to anyone who thinks that they are going to challenge us and put fear in our hearts and minds,” she said.
As the 1965 activists crossed Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on a voting rights march, they were met by state police officers who brutally and viciously suppressed the march.
However, Mallory’s march was met with no such savagery, as police officers could be seen guiding and protecting marchers as they made their way from National Rifle Association (NRA) headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia to the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
The protesters gathered outside the NRA to demonstrate against an ad the organization had posted online.
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