Many of the people who attended Monday's George Floyd vigil at the Holy Name rotary were local parents and their children.
And then there was Dianna Ploss, a Trumpist Muslim-hating provocateur from Gloucester who helped run virulent homophobe Scott Lively's failed 2018 campaign against Charlie Baker but who now takes to YouTube to post videos in which she rants about things like the absolute tyranny of the Swampscott DPW painting social-distancing markers on downtown sidewalks.
On Monday afternoon, she navigated her way to West Roxbury and roamed the rotary with a phone mounted on a tripod, trying to interview some people, but screaming at others.
Cora Carey of Roslindale, who brought her sons to the vigil, reports:
Oh she was BONKERS. She got right up in my face in front of my kids and screamed at me that I was a disgusting person for bringing my children to this. I calmly told her she was entitled to her opinion and turned my back. She kept screaming. It did start an interesting conversation with my kids on the bus ride home, though...my ten year old asked, "why didn't any of the cops standing right there protect us from her or ask her to stop?" I replied, "because she was not threatening us physically, she was not armed, and she was not using hate speech, and she was exercising her right to speak freely, which we should not take for granted." That made a big impression.
What I found particularly ugly was there was a man there who was replying to her calmly and quietly...sort of trying to defuse the situation....she kept getting up in his face and then the second he didn't budge and confronted her she yelled, "oh you think just because you're a BIG MAN you can come and intimidate me like this? Because I'm a woman?" Such an ugly mutation of feminism; this was a kind, thoughtful citizen who happened to be male-presenting and 6' tall. She's a tool.
She called me "disgusting" at least five times and told my kids "your mother is a disgusting person." She also said BLM is a "terrorist organization." It took all the self restraint I had to not tell her I found her 80's blue eyeshadow "disgusting" but I didn't think that would make me a very good role model for my kids.
Another local mother, who requested anonymity, had a similar story:
She came up to us screaming like a lunatic "You're disgusting, bringing your children to this!!" She seemed truly unhinged.
There's yet another report from a parent in the Chronicles of West Roxbury II Facebook group.
As we waited to cross the street she started aggressively harassing my family. She started yelling "You are horrible parents", "You should be ashamed of yourselves" "You don't belong here" and "Your children deserve better than you" among other sentences I don't feel I can write here. My youngest started crying. ...