Think racism, the KKK, and white supremacists are no laughing matter? Folks in Bloomington, Indiana might disagree with you.
It’s not that these Hoosiers cotton on to racists — quite the opposite, in fact — they’ve just found a unique way for dealing with them.
The hilarious photo shown below — with a lone, grim-faced man holding a white supremacist sign and surrounded by smiling white, brown, and black people — is making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit with variations of the following caption:
“Man tries to start KKK rally.”
@Shortieteee_ tweeted the image on July 9, 2014 and got over 17,000 shares:
dude tried to start a KKK rally and this just shows black people gives no f*cks about y’all’s racism, :D :D
We did a little sleuthing and discovered where the photo came from, and even found a video to go with it.
In 2012, the photo was first posted on IMGUR with the following caption:
“This guy tried to stage a ‘white heritage(Klan)’ rally in my town, I don’t think he got the turnout he was hoping for.”
Indiana Public Media reports that on April 7, 2012:
The activist Thomas Buhls held a cardboard sign that had an image of a confederate flag and read “CELEBRATE YOUR WHITE HERITAGE.” A crowd of protestors gathered closely around, using expletives to tell him to “go home” and “get out of Bloomington.”
Unfortunately for Buhls, nobody else was on board with his “white heritage” celebration. Locals showed up to photobomb him, and paraded about in clown suits and makeup with silly noisemakers to show what they thought of his antics. And Bloomington hasn’t seen any KKK rallies since.
Or at least, those white supremacists are keeping their hate on the down low these days.
Watch locals hilariously clown this KKK rally.
Here’s the video with the news report on this pathetic attempt at a Ku Klux Klan rally.