Chapel Hill town council member Jessica Anderson took to Facebook to express her disdain for Silent Sam after last week's protests at the monument.
A Facebook comment was left on Anderson’s post in disagreement with her views and said Anderson was a "liberal parasite," who "perpetuate(s) lies and hate." Anderson replied with a photo of a donation to the Southern Poverty Law Center. She ended the photo caption with #DonateAgainstHate.
“Do I want to engage in a battle of words with someone who is a self-described Klan member or do I want to turn it into something positive?” Anderson told us.
She said she decided to make it into a viral campaign, after a few friends of hers found it interesting. Since then, the SPLC and others have gotten involved with the #DonateAgainstHate campaign.
The inspiration for Anderson's #DonateAgainstHate campaign came from an event called Rechts Gegen Rechts (the Right Against the Right) in Wunsiedel, Germany. Every year, local Wunsiedel residents and businesses donate 10 euros for every mile neo-Nazis walk for the event, according to The New York Times. The money is donated to a program called EXIT Deutschland which helps people leave right-wing extremist groups.