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White Lives Matter Shelbyville, Tennessee Rally Set for Saturday

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Members of Houston-based White Lives Matter hold a rally outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 19, 2016. (James Gregg/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:38 AM

A "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville, Tennessee on Saturday has been set to protest the resettlement of refugees and other immigrants moving into the region there, The Tennessean reported.

The newspaper said some of the organizers include groups that took part in the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that left one counter protester dead.

In the past 15 years, some 18,000 refugees have moved to Tennessee, The Tennessean quoted state department records.

"There has been a big dumping of refugees all over the area," Brad Griffin, a member of League of the South, which is leading the "White Lives Matter" rally in Shelbyville and a possible second rally in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, according to the newspaper.

Shelbyville's city council last week passed a resolution in support of law enforcement's efforts to keep people and property safe and upholding the constitutional rights for free speech for the rally organizers and counter protesters, The Tennessean wrote.

Shelbyville Mayor Ewing Wallace Cartwright and council members acknowledged that the "community is caught between conflicting ideological ideas," but it didn't denounce the views of the White Lives Matter rally, the newspaper said.

Terrance Hightower, of Chattanooga, told WTVC-TV that he plans to travel to Shelbyville to stand up what he believes in.

"It sounds weird, but it's kind of fun to me – to just walk around and chant, even yell at the communists," Hightower told the television station. "They're yelling at us, we're yelling at them."

Sharon Edwards, chair of the Bedford County Democratic Party, told The Tennessean that she plans to campaign against the rally.

"As a white person, I feel like it's my job to stand up to other white people who are saying these things," Edwards told The Tennessean. "I was born and raised here. We love where we live. We love everyone in it. And they don't get to come into the town and speak for us."

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