REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Small-town Shoutdown Feels Anything But ‘Our Town’

The Roper Report

For Arkansas Public Radio

I arrived at Riverside Park in Batesville where white nationalists were gathering for an anti-Shariah law demonstration, and took a few minutes to gather my thoughts and nerve before I approached them. I had never covered a race rally before and wasn’t sure what to expect. It felt unpredictable.

“This probably isn’t the safest part of your job, is it?” said Jordan Gould, one of the day’s counterprotesters, who offered to jump in his car and lead me to the other side of the White River when my GPS couldn’t find the way. My colleague, KASU-89.1 news director Johnathan Reaves, stayed behind to cover the counter-protest, and it was my job to obtain interviews from Billy Roper and his band of white nationalists.

The task was to obtain both some audio and some personal understanding of the rally members’ agenda. My guide wished…

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