As I wrote on this blog back in 2006, this original MegaMarch was one of the most amazing days I’ve ever seen. Around 500,000 peaceful marchers, moving through downtown Dallas, waving American flags and chanting “USA, USA…”
I know everyone associated with tomorrow’s march hopes and prays for a similar day. Tonight, I saw a televised debate between Domingo Garcia and a counter-protest-leader named Chris Krok.
Krok is a talk radio personality from KLIF who has been here in Dallas only a few months. He comes from a smaller market town in Georgia. I have never heard him before tonight. However, what I heard tonight has me concerned. If he is as angry and combative on the air, and in the ways his whips up the counter-protesters, things tomorrow could be quite different.
It’s clear he’s an expert at taunting and goading his adversaries. If he encourages people to do it tomorrow, it could be that some of the more than 100,000 persons present takes his bait.
I call on him publicly to renounce any inflammatory rhetoric and to exhort his counter-protesters to do the same. I am grateful that Domingo Garcia has done this all along among MegaMarch supporters, making it very clear that all who march in support of reform are called to be peaceful and non-violent.
I call on everyone who will be out tomorrow to show the best of America by advocating for your positions with hearts filled with peace and respect.