According to Hannah Baldwin of the Columbian Missourian, about fifty Journey for Justice activists who were marching from Ferguson to Jefferson City “encountered a hostile counter-protest Wednesday in Rosebud.” The 135-mile march from Ferguson to the Governor’s Mansion is being sponsored by the NAACP. The activists said that a crowd of about 200 people met them when they reached Rosebud around noontime.
…A display of fried chicken, a melon and a 40-ounce beer bottle had been placed in the street. A Confederate flag flew. Counter-protestors shouted racial epithets.
Rhea Willis of Velda City, Missouri, said she saw a boy she estimated to be 8 years old holding a sign that read, “Go home.”
Somebody shot the window out of the back of one of the buses traveling with the march… The outer pane of glass broke. The bullet landed in the windowsill, the driver said.
Simon McCormack (Huffington Post) said the counter-protest was the most recent example “of the vicious and sometimes violent opposition Ferguson protesters have faced.” He noted that last week a “video surfaced of a car driving through Ferguson protesters in Minneapolis, running over at least one person.” He added that on Wednesday, “another man allegedly drove through a group of protesters in St. Louis and then waved his gun at them.”
Willis, one of the marchers, grew up in St. Louis. She said she was used to racist attitudes and stereotyping. She believes that racism is learned. She said she felt as if she “was facing the same attitudes her parents faced as civil rights activists in the 1960s” as she marched through Rosebud.
Willis was marching with her 15-year-old daughter Cheyenne who said she planned “to write an editorial based on her experience for her school paper.” Cheyenne added, “I’ve been brought up to know how to deal with people like that. I ignore them and keep moving forward.”
Kasia Kovacs (Columbia Missourian) reported that Thursday’s march through central Missouri was much calmer than Wednesday’s march. Kovics noted, however, that the group did get “mixed reactions from spectators” the second day.
When the marchers walked through Linn on Thursday, they occasionally passed people holding cardboard signs in support of Wilson.
But a few miles later on Highway 50, the reactions of motorists were more mixed as they honked their car horns while passing the marchers.
One driver leaned out of his window and snapped pictures as he shouted, “I admire you!”
Another man yelled, “Support Darren Wilson!” as he drove by.
Kovacs said that the Journey for Justice marchers plan to pick up where they left on Friday morning. They expect to reach the Governor’s Mansion in Jefferson City by 1 p.m.
Journey for Justice March Through Gearld & Rosebud Missouri
Journey For Justice Faces Racist Opposition (Huffington Post)
Journey for Justice runs into hostile counter-protest, keeps marching (Columbia Missourian)
Journey for Justice march pushes toward Jefferson City after resistance (Columbia Missourian)