Local social media was abuzz Thursday with rumors of protests and even “riots” scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Sanford – and then nothing happened.
Details about the events were sketchy – there were various rumors about protests at City Hall or the courthouse, and a lecture at the Mann Center, all shared with The Rant multiple times over the course of the day – but were given some credibility by an Instagram video by a person possibly from Atlanta going by the name of Red Pill, who said he would be in Sanford on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., as well as a flyer promoting a lecture he planned to give at the Mann Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Virtually all of the rumors had events beginning at 6 p.m.
But as of 7:30 p.m. Thursday, nothing had taken place at any of the named locations. The Lee County Sheriff’s Department had a visible presence at the courthouse, but no demonstrators or anyone else could be seen other than a lone television reporter at the courthouse. The gates at the Mann Center were locked.
Adding to the confusion, flyers for two Friday events that seem to be in conflict with one another began circulating on Thursday. In one, demonstrators are asked to assemble at Third and Alcott streets at 3 p.m. Friday to march to city hall. In another, Red Pill is again slated to appear at the Mann Center at 5 p.m. before a march toward city hall. Tickets can be purchased, the flyer indicates, through Eventbrite, which shows no events scheduled in Sanford on Friday, and the Mann Center website likewise shows nothing.
Additionally, in the Instagram video linked above, Red Pill indicated he would be in Atlanta for an event there on Friday. If anyone can provide clarity on the conflicting details, please contact us. News organizations are typically reluctant to dispel rumors, but their pervasiveness today – as well as the threats of violence that appeared to come unanimously in response to the rumors – seemed to necessitate this post.
We’ll continue to monitor events on Friday, but in the meantime remember that social media posts may or may not be true. Take everything with a grain of salt.
One video I saw said he wasn’t gonna be here for BLM March on Friday he was gonna be in ATL…
I know he was in Sanford by his Instagram Story and said he would be at Horton Park at 7 tonight.
There will be a peaceful demonstration on tomorrow in celebration of Juneteenth
Saw tickets for sale on Eventbrite and they were sold out, in the morning. By 4 or 5 the event was taken down. Same with the man center.
You have to buy a ticket to protest??
We need to have March/parade supporting our officers. Thank you to all Sanford NC officers!!!!
To celebrate, What? But depending on your ethnicity I guess there is something to celebrate while most of the world is in rebellion of what some feel praise worthy. To the good police out here, THANKS!!💯💪❤🙏 But to those who deal as their Demon Ancestors and relatives and friends now, “Times Up”🙏💯💪 I’ve been a witness to some of these young police here in Sanford!! Disrespectful!! And a few of the good or decent. Why not celebrate the Ending of the Muderous Alien Police that are being, Discovered😂❤
Like the officer in Atlanta? That cop was well within his rights.
I don’t think was happened to Floyd was justified, however in his case and the case in Atlanta both guys were resisting arrest. I’ve got news for everyone I’m white and if I resist arrest the police are going to beat the hell out of me too.
Fayetteville had a similar round of rumors that never came to fruition. FPD was aware and watching. Again-believe nothing rumored.
I just don’t know where they are getting there info from but we are.all about peace no violence…
Great example of a scam artist trying to capitalize on hate….shameful. So glad Sanford is a tight knit community. He probably has made that same speech with a different city name in each one. Shameful taking something this serious and turning it into profit….freely assemble with all neighbors and talk it out is the way. Start at home, meet your neighbor, meet your church neighbors, meet your across town neighbors….we are all God’s creation living in a world, in our location, so we better get to knowing each other and supporting each other so our town can succeed beyond wildest dreams!! But agitators are just that….who needs it!!