Fans of the "horrorcore" hip-hop duo Insane Clown Posse, also known as Juggalos, marched into the nation's capital on Saturday to protest being labeled as a gang by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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The event will feature speeches interspersed with performance by affiliated acts, concluding with a performance by Insane Clown Posse from 9-10PM.
This weekend is expected to be a busy one for protesting in the nation's capital, with the Mother of All Rallies, a pro-Trump group that says it wants to preserve American culture; the March to Protect American Democracy, a group that wants the Trump administration to "defend our democracy from Russian interference" and "protect America from future attacks on our elections"; and the Juggalo March.
Violent J and partner Shaggy 2 Dope cast the Juggalos as the defenders of Americans of all kinds, warning that the persecution of America's "most hated people" would inevitably lead to the persecution of others.
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Though the Juggalos were included in the FBI's 2011 report, in subsequent years, the group has been entirely dropped from the report, according to Detroit Free Press.Members of the Juggalos still say, however, that the FBI's classification caused a negative reputation and subsequent discrimination.
"We represent people who weren't born with a silver spoon in their mouth but instead with a rusty fork", one member of the group, Violent J, said during an interview in 1995.
GettyIn a counter protest, a number of masked demonstrators stand in opposition to thousands of fans of the United States rap group Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, who are gathering on September 16, 2017 in front of the Lincoln Memorial. The author, Nathan Rabin, told NPR back in 2013 that "for 360 days, being a Juggalo makes them an outcast and makes them reviled and makes them a pariah".
"If they can get away with this, if they can do this, what's next?" Roughly 3,000 people will attend the event, the National Park Service estimated.
The Juggalos won't be the only group marching Saturday on Washington.
Yesterday also saw a rightwing demonstration by supporters of President Donald Trump, dubbed the "Mother of All Rallies", as well as a counter-protest by civil rights activists Black Lives Matter. These values, along with face paint, macabre imagery, greeting each other with "whoop whoop", and a love of the midwest root beer Faygo, are core elements of the Juggalo subculture.
"No Confederate flags, communist flags, or foreign flags allowed".
"We're different. We're not risky", Kevin Gill, who is an announcer for a Juggalo wrestling league, said from the rally stage.
A handful of Republican candidates also made their way to the stage, rallying the crowd with their Trump-style political pitches. "Our patriots are of all colors and we are uniting under our constitutional rights".
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