Community gathers for ‘No Hate’ rally in Greenville

Courtesy: Matt Purinton

GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Around 80 people gathered in Cleveland Park Sunday afternoon for a “No Hate” Rally.

The rally was organized by Wade Hampton High School Student, Asha Marie after she became the target of hate speech on a popular Greenville County natural attraction.

She along with other Wade Hampton students, members of the groups Upstate Coalition for Equality, Greenville Black Lives Matter, and From the Ground Up all came together in protest. A few weeks ago, someone spray painted a message on Bald Rock near Ceasar’s Head, calling Asha Marie a curse word followed by the ‘n-word’.

Asha Marie was vocal in leading the charge to change the name of Wade Hampton High School this past spring. She says the current name glorifies someone with a racist history.

Asha Marie says the purpose of the protest was to take action, raise awareness, and send a message that the Greenville community doesn’t support hate in any form.

“”We wanted to come out here to protest hate speech and racism in Greenville and really call attention to it and say we don’t stand for this,” Asha Marie said.

At the end of the rally, people in attendance spelled out the words “No Hate” with their bodies.