These guys just won’t quit. Almost two months after the first racist rally, white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Virginia again on Saturday night. The white supremacists were led by neo-Nazi leader Richard Spencer, and gathered around the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park, chanting the same BS they did the first time. Things like “you will not replace us” and “we’ll be back.” And yes, they brought their tiki torches.
It would be amusing if it weren’t so terrifying. In a video, Spencer called the rally over the weekend a “success,” terming it “Charlottesville 3.0,” which is a disgusting and cruel thing to say, especially since the first Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville this August was where Heather Heyer, a counter-protestor, lost her life. How is anything connected to that a success?
The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer, responded immediately to the rally on Twitter. “Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned,” he wrote.
According to CNN, a group of just about 50 people gathered in the park. Although that’s not a large number, no one should sleep on the fact that these white supremacists mean business, and they aren’t losing any steam.
They are scared AF, though, which is one semi-good thing. Charlottesville police say that the rally lasted only about five to 10 minutes before the white nationalists marched away with torches.
Most of them were dressed in white shirts, and others wore sunglasses in the dark. One has to assume that the shirts are meant to evoke robes similar to the Ku Klux Klan, but also make it more difficult for members of the media and people on social media to identify them. The sunglasses would serve the same purpose.
After August’s rally, some attendees were outed on social media and were fired from their jobs or suffered similar consequences for being part of a racist and violent group.
There is no perfect way to stop these people from gathering in parks and chanting racist things in the dark. That’s America for you. But we can all start calling out racism and their other despicable beliefs when we hear them. These people don’t get to be the only voice.