Another Post in My Scenes from “Post Racial” America Series: NAACP Journey for Justice Marchers Encounter Hostile Counter-Protest in Missouri

Seal_of_Missouri.svgBy Elaine Magliaro

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)

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16 Responses to Another Post in My Scenes from “Post Racial” America Series: NAACP Journey for Justice Marchers Encounter Hostile Counter-Protest in Missouri

  1. Bob Kauten says:

    The mob about which we’ve heard, far beyond ad nauseam, showed up.
    They identified themselves by sporting confederate battle flags.
    They still got that treason thing goin’ for ’em. Perseverance is a virtue.
    Do I earn points for using Latin?
    Hizzoner said that we’ve had a justice system in place for 200 years. I guess that’s since around 1814. Yes, our Founding Fathers did put that one into place. It included slavery and no suffrage for women.
    That system worked so well, why change it?
    Hizzoner didn’t realize how eloquently he spoke on behalf of his colleagues. He got their viewpoint exackly raht.

    Sarcasm? Moi?

  2. blouise17 says:

    Bob K,


    No points for French

  3. blouise17 says:


    Remember FOX NEWS telling us all this would be over in a week? (I think you posted that piece of video)

  4. Bob Kauten says:

    No soup for you!

  5. Ha ha…great levity is needed in a tyrannical, crony, corrupt world.

    Me, I steal the soup, run out and grab a cronut too (if only Seinfeld had gone a few more seasons).

    Then, (as FireDogLake put it..”keep calm… its just perpetual hunting season”)….

    I’d run down the street, kick the Staten Island police car and wake em up and say

    Look, its cracker season, a pack of educated black men are on the loose and one of them has a white woman

    And watch them try to choke hold Clarence Thomas during his parade fir Monsanto

  6. I’ve been drowning in my life for a few months, but I had to post to let you know I’m still lurking and reading.


  7. Hello consiglieri39

    Cool moniker

  8. Elaine M. says:


    It’s good to see you! I hope all is well.

  9. eniobob says:

    Haven’t seen much of the two Senators from MO on the tube lately. August ??? UUUUMMMMM

    “Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill on Monday both mourned the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and urged their home state citizens to withhold judgment until they receive the results of independent investigations.

    Blunt, a Republican, called for Justice Department and FBI investigations into the fatal shooting. Soon after his statement was released, the FBI announced it would open a probe into Brown’s death.”

    Read more:

  10. swarthmoremom says:

    “One of the cars parked on the streets near my house in Washington, D.C. has a magnet on the side reading: “Stop killing our black men. Jesus loves them and we need them.” This has been a terrible year for police brutality against African-Americans.

    Except it hasn’t. Because before Eric Garner and Michael Brown, there was Kimani Gray. And Kendrec McDade. And before that Rodney King. And so many others. That magnet has been on that car in my neighborhood for years—as long as I’ve lived here. More African-Americans will be killed by American police officers before it is removed.

    African-American activists have pointed this out repeatedly during the heated coverage of events in Ferguson and now New York City. The protests have never been about one incident. They’ve never been about one particular tragic death. These are protests against unceasing, unaccountable violence over many years. These are protests responding to a systemic failure that has roots as deep and as old as American chattel slavery.

    Which is another way of saying that this wave of public attention—would that it were “public outcry”—is really a response to a failure of the American criminal justice system. And in a country like ours, failures in meting out justice are really failures of the broader American political experiment.

    Sadly, this is why police violence against African-Americans has been so pervasive for so long without attracting much attention from white conservatives or progressives. To acknowledge that American police routinely brutalize African-Americans and their communities would be to admit that the United States has failed—is failing—at some of its core promises. For if our police behave so and our systems of judicial oversight are toothless to hold them accountable, that would mean that equality before the law is a mirage.

    These are uncomfortable truths to face. And they are more damning than more quotidian forms of systemic racism. It is one thing to disproportionately assign African-American children to ineffective, under-resourced schools. It is quite another to kill African-American men without ever facing a trial (let alone a conviction).

    White conservatives and progressives alike have been reticent to face the steady tragedy of police violence against African-Americans in the United States. Which is sadly consistent for conservatism, but a catastrophic failure by white progressives……”

  11. Um….I’m a whitey progressir and others here are too.

    Get your point… and rather it be that we need more Caucasian progressive outcry….

    Just sayin….

  12. Mike Spindell says:

    How dare the “mob” protest. The Grand Jury has spoken and their word is final. We see in the lawfully assembled people of Rosebud, the feelings of true Americans disgusted by the persecution of Officer Wilson…………Yeah that’s the ticket.

  13. pete says:


    Considering what Mike Brown was supposed to have taken from the mini-mart I don’t believe senator roy wants to put is name in on this one.

  14. NBC says:

    Swarth: More African-Americans will be killed by American police officers before it is removed

    And more non-african americans as well, ‘justifiable’ and ‘non-justifiable’.

  15. Elaine M. says:

    ‘Journey for Justice’ ends with rally at Mo. Capitol

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After a week and more than 100 miles, the Journey for Justice march ended inside the Missouri State Capitol building Friday.

    The march started last Saturday in Ferguson, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer. The NAACP organized the march, which began with about 250 participants.

    “It was to bring light and attention to the disproportionate number of African-American men and boys who are killed by law enforcement officers across the country,” said Roslyn Brock, chairwoman of the NAACP board.

    The group walked until sundown each day. A bus traveled with the group and returned the participants back to St. Louis each night. Those who participated said they met some support along the way but also some challenges.

    “It was a long journey,” Brock said. “We were met by people who blew their horns, and we were met by people who rolled their windows down, stuck their middle fingers out and called us the n-word.”

    Brock said that at one point, a projectile hit the bus’s back window. Nobody was injured.

  16. eniobob says:

    “Wednesday, December 3, 2014
    What the NAACP Journey for Justice Means to Jefferson City, MO
    The Journey for Justice Means to Jefferson City:
    A Time to Shine

    Unlike our neighboring community in Rosebud, MO Jefferson City can show who we are – good people that respect and appreciate a good protest. We realize that as our state’s capitol, people come to town for political redress not mayhem. We open our doors and welcome people from accross the state every day – Friday will be no different.”

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