Listen To Counter-Protestors Play ‘La Bamba’ To Drown Out White Nationalists

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Never underestimate the power of “La Bamba.” Almost 60 years since Latino legend Ritchie Valens released his hit single “La Bamba,” the Mexican folk song that dates back to the early 1900s made another comeback this past weekend. On Saturday, two white nationalist rallies took place in Tennessee and counter-protestors knew exactly how to handle the situation.

“La Bamba” was played loudly over speakers to drown out chants by “White Lives Matter” supporters.

The first rally held on Saturday was in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and police report that they only made one arrest. Members of the “While Lives Matter” group were behind metal barriers on one side of the street while protestors were on the other. Police presence, which included some officers outfitted in riot gear, was pretty intense.

As white nationalist rally leader Michael Hall tried to speak, calling counter-protestors “degenerate whores,” you could hear “La Bamba” on full blast.

“All you people over there — your day is coming. Your day is coming,” said Hill. “You’re responsible for more damage in the past century than anybody else.” Hill added, “Our nation is our people. Our skin is our uniform.”

Counter-protestors also played songs by another folk hero, Bob Marley.

People on Twitter were loving the fact that “La Bamba” was played during a racist gathering. Here’s what they had to say:

The second rally held the same day in nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn., was canceled due to not enough white nationalists showed up.

Here’s the version of “La Bamba” made famous by Los Lobos, featuring a cameo by Lou Diamond Phillips and Esai Morales.

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READ: 11 Things We Learned from the Movie ‘La Bamba’

 

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