Why are white supremacists protesting to ‘reopen’ the US economy?

Joey Gibson, leader of the right-wing group Patriot Prayer, addresses a crowd on April 19, 2020, in Olympia, Washington, insisting the state lift restrictions put in place to help fight the coronavirus outbreak. Karen Ducey/Getty Images

A series of protests, primarily in state capitals, are demanding the end of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Among the protesters are people who express concern about their jobs or the economy as a whole. But there are also far-right conspiracy theorists, white supremacists like Proud Boys and citizens’ militia members at these protests. The exact number of each group that attends these protests is unknown, since police have not traditionally monitored these groups, but signs and symbols of far right groups have been seen at many of these protests across the country.


Racist flyers pop up in Lemont

LEMONT — Lemont, in the southwest suburbs, has become the latest Illinois community to see racist flyers pop up. It’s also at least the third community in the 3rd Congressional district to be hit. The Chicago neighborhoods of Beverly and Mt. Greenwood have also seen the flyers appear. It’s also the same district where self-proclaimed neo-Nazi Arthur Jones ran as a Republican in the 2018 election.