Purcellville Protest 11

Several counter protesters stand in front of the Purcell Store on Main Street during a June 7 march in support of the “Black Lives Matter” movement. Some displayed imagery bearing the slogans “All Lives Matter” or “Blue Lives Matter,” and a few carried rifles.

I was born and raised in Lovettsville in the 1980s. I’m 45 years old. At the time, it had a population of 600 people, two gas stations, three stores and a couple churches. No fast food, two restaurants, a community center, and farms everywhere.

And it was quite racist.

I can spin yarns of racist tropes, town legends about which trees African Americans were lynched, rumors of certain large buildings being a meeting place for the Klan and much more. We heard racist jokes all the time. It was standard fare. Some told them enthusiastically. Others chuckled awkwardly to fit in. Some did nothing. I’m not too proud to say that for many years, I did not stand up to this bigotry.

The Confederacy was revered by our elders. Adults everywhere lauded the superior tacticians on the southern side as the reason the war lasted as long as it did. Virginia legends like Lee, Jackson and Longstreet took on their own aura of invincibility, as did horsemen like Jeb Stuart and John S. Mosby.

And as I remember, the few black folks in town didn’t say much. In elementary school, the janitor whom we all loved was black: Giles Moten. He was a Korean War veteran who injured his throat in the war. He may have been the first black man I met. He loved us and we loved him. But, outside of the school building, he wasn’t ever the same toward us. I never understood that …

As we aged, we learned to accept this stuff as a low hum in the background. It was noise. Both of my older sisters dated black men in high school. I never knew it was a big deal because our parents didn’t care who any of us dated. We were the lone liberals in a sea of … well, you know. But, there were stares and whispers.

And now, almost 30 years later, Loudoun County still proudly displays her bigotry. On Sunday, June 7, 2020, a dozen counter protesters armed to the teeth with semi-automatic weapons, shotguns and side arms stood on the steps of the gun shop in Purcellville menacing peaceful protesters. More than 1,000 beautiful and peaceful protesters standing up for black Americans against systemic racism and oppression. And there on the street are angry, white people hurling virulent insults at the marchers, chanting “All Lives Matter” back to “Black Lives Matter.” They had no interest in unity. Their goal was intimidation.

When some of these counter protesters were confronted online about their presence, they forcefully denied being there, then tried to justify their presence there. Which is it? If you don’t want to be considered a racist or a bigot, don’t do racist and bigoted things. It’s very simple. Support peaceful causes that promote inclusion. But, if you are going to attempt to intimidate peaceful marchers, expect some blowback.

Loudoun County has a history of racism. Many people I’ve known my entire life will likely read this and express sincere displeasure that I’m saying the quiet part out loud. But it needs to be said – if for no other reason than because I didn’t say enough before.

Do better, Loudoun. Confront your hate. Root out intolerance. Accept everyone as equal. The Civil War is over. The good guys won. Deal with it.

___________

Josh Stack grew up in Lovettsville and currently lives in Leesburg.

(119) comments

amerigirl

Now there is a person in critical condition because some idiot with a gun and a god complex felt they had the right to shoot someone at a rally in New Mexico. Seems the police think the biggest problem they are having is the right wing agitators. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, issued a statement on the incident: “The heavily armed individuals who flaunted themselves at the protest, calling themselves a ‘civil guard,’ were there for one reason: To menace protesters, to present an unsanctioned show of unregulated force,”

Loudoun Observer

For every one of those there are DOZENS of people that have been pulled from cars for being white and beaten in the streets at the protests. All by blacks. I can't get on any social media outlet without seeing video after video of these savages. And you...Amerigirl... you POS...sit here defending every inch of it. You are the problem right now.

Voltaire

LO--OK, first the events that you are describing are not protests but actual civil unrest. Peaceful civil protest doesn't have people dragged from cars as that is unlawful behavior and, provided that law enforcement is present, would move in and stop that activity as that activity is unlawful. As someone whose family is in law enforcement, I know that those people would be immediately arrested and detained/charged. Unfortunately, the situation at the scene of the incident and the numbers of rioters vs. law enforcement will dictate the tactics and sometimes law enforcement cannot move into the scene as quickly as wanted due to logistics/resources considerations. However, law enforcement does NOT, in emergency circumstances, need a bunch of "cowboy vigilantes" who think that they can "help" when what they do is accelerate the problems by shooting and creating chaos that the law enforcement, on scene, will have to deal with by diverting resources to handle.

amerigirl

what dozens? What is your source? I have never defended violence, so you, loudoun o, are a liar. Your lies don't make me a problem. Look at how many peaceful protesters have been beaten, black and white, or gassed. You are in denial

amerigirl

Maybe they were pulled from some of the 19 cars that drove through the protesters? The protesters we peaceful and there with legal permits but a bunch of ult-rights felt they had the authority t police the areas regardless of police presence.

VA NATIVE

I was very distraught to read everyone's comment. I was born and raised in Virgina, and never have i come across such hatred as in the comments about Josh Stack's opinion. There is so much disent and anger in these comments. No wonder people can't get along. God needs to be number one in our lives. Then we would be able to civily discuss things without all the vehemence and viciousness. I feel sorry for Loudoun County.

pual mase

Hey Joshua

Now that you cleared your conscious and demonstrated you virtue and wokeness, what have you actually accomplished?

Your testimony about racism in the 1980s neglects the decades of improvement in race relations since. Is it supposed to be a revelation that racism existed then and still exists to some extent now?

You and your peaceful protesters are sending a message that racism is bad which is great. It is also supporting the myth that racism is the main cause of problems in some black communities.

Until we address problems like parenting, education and drugs, no amount of protesting and racism blaming will improve black communities.

Your self-indulgent confession muddies the waters and fosters racial division.

amerigirl

• Hey Pual

Look at the paper, this is not a clear your conscience page it is an opinion page. It is not what anyone ha accomplished, though he may very well have it is about voicing your opinion. Get it?

Maybe before you criticize you should reread the article. Again, he wote an opinion, in an opinion page, not a testimony, this isn’t a trial, and you are not a judge.

His opinion on racism is different than your’ he is still entitled to his opinion. Unfortunately so are you however misguided it is.

There is NO self-indulgent confession, it is an opinion. It is written in an opinion column. Must you always take things too far?

pual mase

The race Inquisition has begun.

If you do not kneel to the BLM gods you are a racist and destroyed.

White people are all guilty and dissenting opinions are blasphemy.

Meanwhile, BLM, rioters and criminals are victims that can’t be criticized or held accountable.

amerigirl

You are so late for the party! No understanding of equality, it's all some white guilt thing to you. Not even close. But I should have know when you looped BLM in with rioters and criminals.

pual mase

Hey AG I don’t take issue with his right to express his opinion. I do take issue with the substance of his opinion, which is my opinion I have every right to express.

Get it AG busybody?

amerigirl

Oh so your mean in your opinion that he “cleared your conscious and demonstrated you virtue and wokeness, what have you actually accomplished?” He stated his opinion, and you said it was not that but something else. So, yeah, you took issue with it, by claiming it was something else. I took substance of your opinion, which is my opinion I have every right to express. Busybody? It’s a freeking opinion page, everyone is a busy body. DUH!

workhardgetahead

Those folks had just as much had a right to be there as anyone else. One thing that should be noted is that they didnt riot, loot or burn down any buildings. When the protest was over everyone went home. No one was hurt or killed.

amerigirl

Of course they had the right. Having the empathy to care about people of color being killed, not so much. Having the ethics to respect the protesters right, not so much. Having the brains to not make a scene and showing their racism, not at all.

pual mase

It is not racism to oppose divisive protests that promote the phony notion that systemic racism is the cause of the problems in the black community.

Accusing anybody and everybody of racism that doesn’t agree with your views is despicable .

Could it be you want to shut down discussion of the root causes of the problems, so you can keep pretending and rile up the progressive base?

amerigirl

the divisive protest included gun why? I have no problem with opposing protests as long as both sides do it legally and have permits. I bet only the BLM protesters had a permit.

amerigirl

No it is more racist to call protests for equality phony. To not realize how bad the racism in the country is Maybe you should pay attention to your own words. If people are telling you you're a racist try to find out why instead instead of think it's because they don't think like you, or consider that your thinking may have a racist tone to it.

Now you are making things up again. I never said I wanted to shut down any discussion. Your root of the problem doesn't cover all that has happened and you pick and choose what you think it is. These are my opinions, I'm not riling up a progressive base, especially from some little local paper. Get a sense of what you said.

amerigirl

Poor pual you don’t understand the word racist, do you? I call them when I see them. Please tell me you mistyped that 3rd line and you aren’t an admitted racist. Turds?? Look you little piece of s#it, I can call names to, you stop, I stop. You have a conspiracy theory for everything.

pual mase

My heart and action are NOT racist......that was a typo

WisdomGuidedByExperience

"If people are telling you you're a racist try to find out why..." Why should I accept that false premise? Somebody telling me I'm a racist doesn't make it so. Accusing somebody of automatically being a racist by the nature of their skin color is why BLM loses so much credibility at a time when we need to have a serious dialog (not a monolog) about how to improve relations between everyone, not just blacks and whites. That's why All Lives Matter, not just Black Lives.

amerigirl

pual, I that it was a typo and that you would want the opportunity to correct it, that's the only reason I pointed it out.

workhardgetahead

Carrying guns is racist? How did they infringe on the protestors? People.of color are killed everyday, including white people. Did you see the elderly couple visiting their sons grave and they were killed. Or how about the 92 year old woman that was hit by a black guy in New York. You see Amerigirl, there are injustices everywhere and to everyone, not just blacks. If Derek Chauvin had his knee on a white guy he'd still be employed instead of being in jail. If the Atlanta officer had shot a white guy we wouldnt even know.about it and the Wendy's would.of never been burnt to the ground. Not racist but fact.

Voltaire

Workhardgetahead--it is clear that the picture shows a group of individuals with high powered firearms that were using intimidation tactics to keep people from coming over to that location. Granted, people of all colors, including white, are killed everyday. As your two illustrations (the crime in Delaware and New York) illustrate, random acts of violence will happen. That's the way it is. As to your premise about Derek Chauvin, I am not sure that it is valid. The Minneapolis Police Department would taken administrative action with Chauvin as that incident would have been reported no matter if George Floyd is white, black, blue or any other color. As to state prosecution, that would also have occurred too if George Floyd was white or any other color. Given that the Atlanta Police Department (APD) had body cameras and there had been a shooting, there would have been an internal investigation of the shooting by either the APD or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and that investigation would have concluded the same as it did with the black victim.

amerigirl

Work, you make no sense, carrying guns to intimidate those to oppose people protesting for equality for the treatment of blacks by police is racist. How does crimes committed by blacks that are not in a position of authority have anything to do with police, who are in a position of authority, brutality? Your comparison makes no sense. There are crimes, and injustices everywhere, this is about the way blacks are treated by the cops. If the Atlanta cop shot anyone for the crime of sleeping in their car there would have been outrage. Then the cop goes over and kicks him and stands both feet on the guy? That causes outrage, do you honestly think that would have happened to a white man? Shoot them in the back? Kick him when he is down and not moving? Stand on his back instead of checking for a pulse?

AFF

You'd think the owner of a business like Batman Handyman Services might not want to be seen with a guy strapped to his hip out intimidating peaceful potential clients?

You'd think that a guy who sold supplies to Magnolia's restaurant might be worried about losing clients if he was seen out being deliberately confrontational?

See the white chick on the left side- she and her husband (who apparently has, for now anyway, a security clearance) were so offered that their picture was being shared on social media that they tracked the person down and showed up at their house..... you'd think these people would have considered their presence to be an obstruction to their livelihoods and might have, you know, put on a white hood so nobody could tell who they were?

Nope- these people went out in broad daylight with their underwear hanging out and now they're upset people mocked them.

KK153

careful who you out Robespierre...less one day the revolution comes for you.

RoundHillGuy

AAF, great strategy, out these people and send agitators to their homes. These people are armed, how do you think that's going to end? I'm sorry but if you show up to someones house and start trouble , you get what you deserve and its all on you. play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

amerigirl

Why do so many republicans feel like they need to hide behind their guns? It must be a poser quest. Who showed u at someone's house and started trouble, what trouble? They were peaceful protesters. So round hill, who had the permit to be there?

Voltaire

RHG--I know how it is going to end. Someone is going to (a) the morgue or (b) the hospital and the shooter is going to spend some quality time in the custody of the Commonwealth. Just because someone shows up at someone's house to cause trouble doesn't provide a sufficient defense to avoid legal difficulties if the person is shot by the homeowner.

gator

no silly, nobody’s coming to their homes, intimidation and bullying are you RSNJs’ game... we’re coming for their livelihoods.

LocoSince1976

There are racists in Loudoun County. There are unfortunately, still racist in most places. Luckily racism is decreasing and has been for decades. Racism should be breathing its last breaths, if not for our media and politicians (ALL MEDIA AND ALL POLITICIANS) keeping it alive. Racism being "alive and well" is a huge overstatement. Point me to some racist institution or racist policy, not just a few half-brained jerk-offs with guns. You can read this same stupid op-ed in 1000 newspapers across the country. Not surprising that Josh would write this though. He hasn't ever had an original thought in his life, he might as well just completely plagiarize the Daily Kos or Think Progress, he’d spew out the same DNC playbook nonsense either way.

Joshua Stack

For the record, I don't think I've ever read a Daily Kos or Think Progress piece. And I never intended this to be an original thought, which is why i'm surprised it has upset so many people. To say that a rural southern county was racist in the 80's and 90's and still is to an extent is not news.

But, if you're going to publicly insult me, have the stones to put your name to it. At least I had the guts to speak out about racism being wrong, whether or not people agree with it. I stand behind it. -Josh Stack

KK153

"have some stones" is a very misogynist term as it quite offensive to many women. While I appreciate your thoughts on racism, I don't appreciate the use of such offensive terms while presenting your opinions.

LocoSince1976

Put my name on this and immediately be branded a racist for not supporting the current narrative? No thanks.

Racism is wrong and terrible and ignorant and evil. You will find no argument here. White privilege is real, though I do not think our institutions themselves are racist. I support the BLM protesters. I disagree with their tactics. I believe our police are over-militarized and need better training and support for PTSD. I do not believe in abolishing or defunding the police.

My real question is: What/who are you helping by writing this op-ed? Are you making things better or worse? What specific actions would you like to see Loudoun County and it’s residents take? Or did you spend a few hours to write “hating people for the color of their skin is awful”. Hopefully most of us knew that already.

Be well.

Joshua Stack

Hide behind a hood and throw stones at people trying forcefully object to racism in the public realm and be called a racist. Put your name to it and have the courage of your convictions, and maybe we can talk. Clearly you know who I am so if you were interested in constructive conversation about how to improve things, you would have reached out to me personally. I'm not that hard to find, as you know. But, you were interested in tearing me down for speaking out. And for what? What have you gained? If you know of me, then you also know that I've spent most of my professional life trying to give back to the impoverished and working to engage others to do the same. I've been boots on the ground in Appalachia and the ghettos of Atlanta and DC. I've helped raise a biracial nephew who had no father. I have plenty of ideas that I have presented about how to address the systemic racism that is tied to poverty. But, of course, since you know me and my positions so well, you would also know this. What have you done besides attempt to belittle my voice? What good has that done?

So, you have branded yourself a coward for the world to see. As for racist? Who knows...you're too busy hurling insults from behind a hood...

LocoSince1976

Behind a hood? Got it. Coward? Got it. Would it matter to you if I said I was the daughter of bi-racial parents? Somehow, I don't think it would. I had no intention of tearing you down. I support the spirit of your message. I question the wisdom of posting (being a part of) a picture of a bunch of morons with guns and calling the county you were raised in racist. I don't believe that brings us any closer to where most kind, thoughtful people (which I believe you are at heart) to where we want to be.

Joshua Stack

You come out guns blazing saying I've never had an original thought in my life and i copied and pasted stuff from the DNC and other publications, all from an anonymous handle and you get upset when you're branded cowardly? C'mon. Don't throw stones from a glass house.

But more to your point, there are much more constructive ways to go about having this conversation than to anonymously comment on a news article. If you really were interested in constructive dialogue, you would seek me out. I'm here. Let's talk. In the absence of that, not sure what you're trying to accomplish other than to denigrate someone who wanted to speak out on behalf of African Americans. That has triggered you. Not sure why. But, until you decide to come to the table with valid concerns and out from behind your pseudonym, then all I'm gonna think of you is that you're interested in conflict and not resolution.

As for the photo, I didn't take, choose it or suggest it. As you can see by the credit, it was taken and chosen by the Times Mirror staff. Send your beef to them.

So, for the 3rd time, if you're interested in progress and constructive dialogue about the issue of race in Loudoun County or elsewhere, then let's talk. But, since we've had this tete a tete, another black mound was found hanging from a tree in Houston. There's lots of work to do to heal these wounds and try to find a way to create some harmony. Lampooning the words of someone who discusses a diffiult truth is not the way to go about doing so. But, as I said, I'm here to talk to anyone who wants to work to address the issues of racial inequality. We'll be sure to include some African American leaders in the conversation because it's those voices that need to be heard the loudest, not ours.

Racism is a white person's problem. That's why I wrote this because of all the white people who don't care that black Americans continue to suffer.

Joshua Stack

*man, not mound. Should have proofed my last comment.

LocoSince1976

I'll definitely reach out when tensions are not so high and people won't lose jobs and friends for not towing the line for the current media narrative, "until you decide to come to the table with valid concerns" - 1 - what SPECIFICALLY would you like to see happen? 2 - maybe stop labeling anyone with an opinion slightly different from yours racist. If someone is legit racist, then f**k em, 3- maybe look at the cities with the worst racial and police problems and evaluate who has been running those cities for decades upon decades. Disclaimer - to be clear, I think Trump is a giant f**cking buffoon.

amerigirl

LOCO, You think the media is biased and creating a narrative? There are many racist narratives in these posts because they are ignorant of what has been going on but also because they don’t care. Maybe you should stop trying to blame Democrats because most cities are democratic. Most people can find areas in cities where they can afford to live and take public transportation to work and schools. You are so right on trump though.

amerigirl

What/who are you helping by writing this op-ed? I think he is making some people take a deep look as to how they look and might see their actions as wrong.

ConcerninAshburn

I applaud your candid and courageous article which serves as an unpleasant mirror. Of course strides have been made, but I think it’s important for white people to be part of this change. Men like you will help create the change people march for. We still have a long way to go. Thank you for shining a light on this. Pam Crescenzo

KK153

so "All lives matter" is a virulent insult? Got it...

amerigirl

No you don't 'got it', not even close. Do you think because legally all men are equal that they are are treated the same? Try driving, walking and now even sleeping while black.

pual mase

Conflating every tragic incident that happens to a black person does not proves the widespread, systemic racism myth.

amerigirl

This paper is not big enough to cover all the wrongs done to people of color. If you think those aren't real happenings then you are really in denial about racism and I can see why. You are out of touch with what is going on in the US.

WisdomGuidedByExperience

When I see BLM caring about the 7400+ African-Americans that die via homicide as much as the 10-20 unarmed African-Americans that are killed by law enforcement officers (source: FBI database for 2018), then I will actually believe they mean it when they say All Black Lives Matter instead of the current [Some] Black Lives Matter.

Guest

Q: "Mr Falcon, do you think Mr, Owl is a predator?"

A: "Of course Not, I have no idea what Mr. Mouse is going on about..."

Guest

When my daughter was in first grade, 27 years ago, I asked about immersion classes at PTO night and the principal just laughed at me and said “we don’t have that problem out here. I was rendered speechless.

Guest

These comments prove this article. Woah.

Guest

I grew up in Lovettsville. Went to school with your sister as a matter of fact. This sounds like bs.

Rebecca

Oh yeah? Which sister are you referring to - Me or my other sister? What are you claiming is BS? The fact that I had the term "N Lover" said to me more than I can count? The fact that the running joke in town was that if black people came to town they were coming to our house? Or maybe it was the time someone spit on me in HS and said I was dirty. So....which one would you like to debunk Mr. or Mrs. Guest? I'm here for it.

Kellie

Speak out against these people hiding behind their keyboard. Racists have a history of talking big, but hiding their face. Good for you Rebecca!

Rebecca

I am just beyond livid with these people that want to be a keyboard warrior and make accusations and can't man or woman up. It was awful the way I was treated back then and that town to this day is still racist. Alot of the old people have died, but their offspring are alive and well and feel they have a free pass to do mistreat people for the COLOR OF THEIR SKIN. FFS, it is 2020. ENOUGH.

Guest

Of course. Of course, I imagine "This sounds like bs" when you are on the giving end, instead of the receiving end. Jackass.

Guest

I grew up in Lovettsville, went to school with your sister as a matter of fact. This sounds like bs to me.

Guest

Lollll stfuuuu nobody cares what it sounds like to you

amerigirl

Open minded, NOT

Guest

This guy was a PUD back in highschool and still is today. This opinion is just that an opinion and mostly trash. Keep fanning the flames tho.

Kellie Herring

Says the guy who won't put a name to his comment. Racists sure do love to hide their faces and names. You guys have a long history of that.

Maureen B.

I totally agree with you. That racists sure can't put up their names so we know who they are. Evil floursishes in darkness. That's where they belong. The civil war is over... the bad guys lost... move one and becone a good person.

amerigirl

Makes me wonder what he thought of you back in school.

ExitRamp

Urban Dictionary:

PUD - one who runs from any fight, shies away from any argument, is a weakling.

Websters Dictionary:

Coward - a person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things. Sometimes goes by the name of Guest.

Guest

Reading the comments just strengthen Mr. Stack's point. Some Loudouners still embrace racism and are blind to the fact that minorities are NOT afforded equal rights.

pual mase

Just because you believe something doesn’t make it a fact.

Just as the fact that I don’t believe BLM propaganda, which is easily disproven with facts, doesn’t make me racist.

RoundHillGuy

LIES LIES LIES, We saw the police stand down and allow the mob to burn and loot stores across the entire country under the guise of BLM. The government showed us all that they will not protect you or your business. These men were there to ensure that a message was sent that lawlessness will not occur in Purcellville. There are hundreds of first account videos on you tube and twitter showing complete lawlessness from coast to coast. btw, calling anyone racists anymore carries absolutely zero weight due to its gross over usage.

Guest

As long as its “white people” lawlessness then I guess it’s ok. Let’s go back in history and reflect on some of the riots committed by white folk in the name of FREEDOM. Those of you who spew this crap are a bunch of freakin

hypocrites!

Guest

I don’t recall white people rioting or looting anytime in modern history except for the Boston Tea Party or union riots a hundred years ago. Blaming racism is a tough sell when you see the rioting, looting and high crimes rates in minority communities.

Personal behavior is a personal responsibility, not someone else’s whether they are racist or not.

Guest

So when yalls favorite hockey team wins or baseball team looses , y’all aren’t the white people out there looting and rioting because of a fucking sport though. But when black people and actually a majority of races come together to practice peaceful protesting and (what they won’t show is it’s actually been white people to start majority of the rioting and looting). It’s a whole problem. You racist are the hypocrites!

Guest

If you can't think of another time white people were looting and rioting, you should research the Mississippi Burning. You need to seriously educate yourself. You are so very ignorant.

amerigirl

Because you have a mental block, University of Maryland, 2001, 2002, 2010. Michigan State University Student Riots, 1999-2013, Kent State University, 1970, and that's just the colleges.

Voltaire

Guests--there have been multiple incidents of rioting by various types of people. The Rodney King Riots of 1992 is a good illustration of a riot with a various mixture of races (white/black/brown) that causes mayhem. There have been countless times when sporting teams win trophies that the winning team's population (again all races) decide to "tear the town up".

ExitRamp

@Guest

Yeah, sometimes when they weren't rioting or looting, they were lynching. You going to Tulsa for the Centennial?

Big Red

Generally the term "modern history" refers to the history of the world since the advent of the Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries and the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

1786 - War Vet Dan Shays led a group of 4,000 in a protest against aggressive tax collection, political corruption, cronyism, and civil injustices in Massachusetts. They attacked the Springfield Armory in an attempt to seize the weapons there and overthrow the government.

1791 to 1794 - Farmers rioted several times over a whiskey tax, culminating in more than 500 men attacking the home of a tax inspector.

1855 - German-American tavern owners rioted as a response to the City of Chicago closing taverns on Sundays and raising the cost of liquor licenses. Rioters clashed with the police, including exchanging gunfire.

1862 - Irish and German stevedores rioted to demand increased pay and protest against the treatment of the dock bosses. They overpowered the police and seriously injured the chief of police.

1860s - Armed mobs of southern women, on multiple occasions, looted stores and warehouses to protest food shortages. Some mobs burned down grocery stores and dry goods stores. Confederate President Jefferson Davis once begged a mob of women to disperse and even threw money at them from his own pockets.

1877 - Railroad workers across the country rioted to protest wage reductions. In Baltimore, 22 people were killed and hundreds injured in clashes between the workers, police, national guard, and federal troops. In Pittsburgh, strikers burned down Union Deport, hundreds of train engines, and thousands of rail cars. In Scranton, PA, a mob attacked the mayor and fought the local militia. In Reading, PA, 16 people were killed in battles with the state militia, and several railroad bridges were burned down. The Great Railroad Strike of 1877 led to widespread formation and organization of labor unions and pension plans.

1892 - 7 people were killed and several barges burned as steelworkers in Homestead, PA battled Pinkerton agents over labor disputes.

1894 - Hundreds of railroad cars were burned and looted and over 30 people killed in fighting with National Guard troops over the wage reduction and rent increases of Pullman Car workers in Chicago. Rail traffic in the Western U.S. was severly disrupted.

1910 - 2,000 protesters burned a trolley car and blockaded railroad tracks during a labor strike by trolley workers in Philadelphia.

1913 - 10,000 rioters flooded downtown Indianapolis, vandalized the main business district, and fought the city police during a streetcar worker's strike. 6 people were killed.

All of the 19th & 20th Century - Hundreds and hundreds of race riots, anti-immigrant riots, religious riots, labor riots, and political riots. Thousands of deaths, billions of dollars in property damage, and radical changes in the political and cultural landscape, primarily conducted by White Americans over having their jobs, money, booze, and sense of entitlement messed with. Rioting, looting, and burning is an old American Tradition. So don't get your panties in a bunch over a police station and a couple of stores burned down over the outrage over the continued police brutality against Black People. We're just being American.

Voltaire

Guest--lawlessness, whether it be white, black, brown, yellow, or whatever color under the rainbow, is wrong and will be stopped by the appropriate authorities.

amerigirl

Dn't you just love the way they are bringing up all the lawlessness that didn't happen? My God, they had a permit, they have ones for the next 2 events also, no incidents in the 4 they have had so far except from those people cowering behind their guns.

Voltaire

AG--I agree.

Guest

Lol shut up and move away from round hill as you are polluting its beauty

Guest

Why weren't their weapons loaded then?

Guest

If their weapons weren't loaded, why did they have them? Oh, riiiiiight, to intimidate. Or .... to compensate for other small things.

(Also, not specific to my comment, but still relevant to the other comments here.....Racists gonna racist)

ExitRamp

Especially liked the one dude with Kevlar. Nice touch.

Maureen B.

Stop it already RoundHillguy. You know what you just said is a lie. Shm

Guest

It was white men and women who started the fires and looting. GTFOH with that BS.

amerigirl

Then you were watching Fox news who has removed their misleading and altered images in response to the article in the Seattle times. Their only apology was in the editors notes basically saying e"Fox News regrets these errors" Yeah I bet they do. They only regret them because they got caught. You really think there was going to be lawlessness in Purcellville? Really????

Voltaire

RHG--as someone whose family is in law enforcement, your perception of what the police are or are not doing is wrong. In civil disturbances, the police operate within a chain of command and report to an incident commander who makes tactical decisions. Sometimes, those decisions will focus on control of the incident scene and the safety of the officers under the commander's command. That will trump efforts to stop looting and destruction. It's unfortunate but that is the way it is. The police will, upon having sufficient numbers of personnel on scene, arrest people. However, it is illogical and unreasonable for a police commander to risk his officers' lives to save a store. That is a tradeoff decision. As to the claim that the Government will not protect you or your business, that is false. Law enforcement (and supporting units from National Guard and/or military (if activated)) will do every effort to ensure that the peace is maintained and the laws enforced. However, as previously stated, the tactics and the incident scene will require some trade-offs to be made by the incident commander. What law enforcement doesn't need is a group of individuals with high powered rifles playing vigilantism as they, like the rioters, are in violation of the law and resources that could be better deployed elsewhere will have to be diverted to deal with them. Law enforcement does not need to have "posses" of people playing cowboy/vigilante because all they do is impede the real professionals from doing what it is required.

Eric the half a troll

I am so happy the Purcellville Riot of 2020 was averted!! Phew!!

amerigirl

Now if we can just avoid Sterling Riot on 6/21, the South Riding Riot on 6/28!

Voltaire

I believe that there is a Loudoun County Sheriff's Substation at both of those locations. I suspect that should provide sufficient law enforcement resources to deal with any rioting.

Phillip Lamberson Esquire

First of all, the photo is very misleading and semi-libelous. BLM is an exploitative shell company supported by “ACT BLUE” hence all proceeds are dispersed to white Democratic political candidates. The gentlemen in this picture can not and do not support such a misleading and exploitative venture, yet you make it sound like the individuals in the photo are inheritantly racist which is not true. As legal counsel I strongly suggest you take this down or face the consequences.

Guest

I would think that your statements about BLM could be considered "semi-libelous" as well

Richard Bird

Dear bankruptcy attorney from Texas. Yes, I looked you up. Provide legitimate proof of what you say about the Black Lives Matter 'organization'. Not a youtube video, not a link from angryrepublican.net, not from reddit. Fyi: It's a movement, not a company

Guest

Have you been on their website and actually read their wordy explanations of what they stand for? It was oppression but now they have added many other like paying money to families who had ancestors enslaved. Defunding police and adding black militias to patrol the streets. Receiving salaries even if they have no jobs. Their children accepted into any schools no matter grades etc. People are using this term Black Lives Matter loosely. I suggest everyone do their homework!!! Their funding along with Antifa is being investigated!

amerigirl

What site are you looking at? Have you ever heard of cause and effect? Who caused the slaves to be in this country? Who never really compensated them for the work done by them? Time to do something about the cause to get a more positive effect. I suggest you do your homework, Antifa isn't even an organization. . Trump’s scapegoats them and he does it as a ploy, still angry about ingratiation day. he has blamed looting on antifa in tweets, fundraising emails, and public appearances. He doesn't have a clue. But you won't hear him put down real threats like Proud Boys, the Three Percent, KKK etc. You want to know what the conclusion about Antifa and the protests are? Internal FBI assessments and protest-related court documents tell a consistent story: Antifa members are not responsible for the unrest.“antifa” as mentioned in the president’s tweets and on Fox News bears little resemblance to reality. They are a trumped-up boogeyman for the conservative movement, a totem used to justify their violent “law and order” approach to legitimate demonstrations demanding racial justice.

amerigirl

Stalker!!! And he wants you to change your info. The Black Lives Matter Foundation, a Santa Clarita based organization registered in 2015, is unaffiliated with the BLM movement. They file taxes.

Guest

Terrible legal take, if you’re actually a lawyer I feel bad for your clients.

Guest

Perhaps it would have been wise for the folks in the photo to have considered the company they keep, and the impression they might make, when hanging out with gun-toting intimidators. <> If you don't want to be seen in an article commenting about folks smirking and hanging with "all lives matter" and the connotations that go with it....maybe a better choice would be to stay at home. Fact is, the caption states:

"Several counter protesters stand in front of the Purcell Store on Main Street during a June 7 march in support of the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Some displayed imagery bearing the slogans "All Lives Matter" or "Blue Lives Matter," and a few carried rifles."

Not seeing where that caption says anything untrue. They were standing there. Some carried weapons, and some signs were around.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Luciuxness

The photo is fine

Be thankful he didn't quote you guys

amerigirl

The photo makes Loudouners look like a bunch of backwoods rednecks, Fine?? no way. It's embarrassing.

Voltaire

AG--you are correct.

amerigirl

How insane is that????? Both political parties have sites they use to collect and distribute their funds. You have no clue what you are talking bout. Actblue and Winred are software companies. They are not support groups. Yes all funds Actblue handles for the Dems go to Dems, but they are all Dems, not white dems, Just as all funds handled by winred go to republicans, who are 90% white.

Guest

All anybody has to do is google "Josh Stack" and you'll see someone that's been quarantined since Trump won office. There is a direct correlation to frequency of tweeting and mental health.

Guest

Direct correlation, as we've seen with 45, indeed. Except, his tweeting and mental health has been in place since long before the 'Rona.

amerigirl

give me your name so I can google it. That direct correlation has nothing nice to say about the user.

Guest

Josh Stack

@VaStatesman7

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Jun 4

Something to keep in mind that gives me glee from time to time: Donald Trump stopped his daily Coronavirus Briefings after he suggested taking bong hits of UV light and injecting surface disinfectants. He was too chickenshit to return. Now he barricades himself in the WH. coward.

Guest

What a foolish comment

amerigirl

truth hurt?

pual mase

Blacks have equal rights under the law and we have seen a twice elected black president, supreme court justices and countless black elected officials at all levels. Many cities and towns have black police chiefs and officers. Blacks have achieved great success in business, arts, entertainment , science. Yet BLM, NAACP and dem liberals continue to beat the drum that racism is holding down blacks. Of course racism unfortunately exists in all races, black and white and others. But blaming systemic racism and the police for issues in the black community is disingenuous and not supported by the facts. Homicides of unarmed black men by police are 0.1 % of all black homicides. In fact, a police officer is 18% times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by police. It seems Blue Lives Matter is much more justified by the statistics than BLM.

Dems and the media keep telling blacks they are the victims of a rigged system and the gullible believe it. Others have been intimidated to mouthing support of the BLM lies because of they are afraid of being charged as racist if they don’t comply. Stop the victimhood lies, the intimidation, the rioting , looting and violence. Stop the democrat identity politics which emphasizes our differences not our commonalities as Americans. Many black communities, and white and hispanic communities are poor and suffer real problems. The problems are rooted in real issues like absent fathers, drugs, poor education. They are not caused by a small minority of bigots that may exist. The protests we are seeing are not serious attempts for change because they are focused on superficial issues while ignoring the real, underlying problems.

Guest

Absent fathers, drugs, poor education; these are the symptoms, not the causes.

Guest

I lived in Loudoun for 15 years, the first week I was there I rode my bike from Round Hill to Purcellville. When a car came I moved to the shoulder or turn lane but I had some fine young men, rev their lifted dually and slowly ride behind or next to me screaming the n word, and saying go back to Africa, no one stopped and helped, people went around them. Before they sped off they swerved the wheel as if they were going to hit me. I fell into the gravel shoulder and cried, 2 LCS passed me without stopping. I was on my way to the Pville library to get a library card and check out some books. My father the Vietnam vet was absent because he died when I was 3 in a car accident, I was on plenty of "drugs" used to regulate my medical conditions, and I've been in advanced classes my entire school career. In addition my mom is a double major from a private college, you can take your racist "symptoms" and go on somewhere.

Guest

I'm so sorry for this experience for you, and it breaks my heart. As painful as recounting the story was, thank you for sharing.

pual mase

Yeah OK . So you are saying racism causes fathers to abandon their kids, deal drugs and drop out of school. How do you explain the millions of minorities that overcame their obstacles and achieved success? Keep playing the race card and watch things deteriorate further.

Guest

The bigots that exist are in the Republican and conservative Party you dumbass Hahahaha

Voltaire

Guest--you cannot make that premise stick. Not everyone who is either a Republican or a conservative is automatically a bigot. There are people of different political views/opinions that are bigots. Although fictitious, Archie Bunker voted Democrat and he was a bigot.

Guest

"BLACKS"

amerigirl

You think the problem is blacks? Racist idiot.

Guest

Every bit as real as the symptoms of parental absenteeism and drug use:

Implicit bias

Bias in hiring

Disparity in conviction and sentencing

Wealth disparity

Laws driving unequal school funding

For profit prisons

Redlining

Banking behaviors in mortgage

Harassment

Healthcare outcomes

The BLM movement has driven change in many of these areas in the last 3 months. We've seen policies and laws change and leadership commitment to more change. There are serious attempts for change, but you have to be willing to look & see.

pual mase

Keep believing you are a victim and it all someone else’s fault and your circumstances will never change for the better. The world will beat you down if you let it, whether you are black, white or whatever. Obstacle s rarely get removed by complaining.

amerigirl

Keep believing that the problem doesn't exist and snuggle up in your happy hole. Protesting is complaining and it is working. That is why it was guaranteed in the Constitution.

amerigirl

The key words, under the law. Do you think that if republicans had their way those black officials would have ever had those positions? Cities are usually democratic and Dems pick the right people by qualification not skin color. You also need to realize that the black people you are talking about had a better education than what they could get in a poor black area. Look into their backgrounds and it will be clear as day. Please show where you received the data on police deaths by black men.

If you think the system isn’t rigged how do you explain why so much more tax money goes into white areas, why is there a lack of education, hospitals, health care, or public supported business of any kind in black areas? Stop, is that all you have to say, stop doing this and that because it is identity politics? Yes, it is they have identified black areas and are not willing to spend tax dollars there. You think the root of the problem is because of absent fathers, drugs, poor education. I say it those things are a result not the cause.

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