Days after the tragedy that occurred in Charlottesville this weekend, Americans around the country are still finding ways to express their grief and outrage at the domestic terrorist attack enacted by hateful neo-Nazis and KKK members at their “United the Right” rally.
One way that affected individuals have found to express their frustration with the lack of legal action against the individuals involved in the rally is to identify them and share their names and images online, so that their employers, friends, and families can be made aware of the fact that they are dangerous and hateful racists.
This form of internet justice has proved especially effective, and proves that social media can be a tool to be used by those who oppose Trump and oppose the alt-right. By identifying these people, they have forced them to abandon the anonymous security provided by a mob and have their hateful and indefensible beliefs hung out to dry in the court of public opinion, and many have found themselves ostracized.
One alt-right marcher, Peter Cvjetanovic, found out that there was a petition circulating to have him expelled from the University of Nevada due to his participation in the protests. Now that he had been publicly called out for his beliefs and faced the possibility of actual repercussions for his actions, Cvjetanovic quickly tried to backpeddle and normalize his views, failing spectacularly.
Cvjetanovic claimed that ““As a white nationalist, I care for all people”, and was openly mocked for the ridiculousness of this statement due to the fact that the White Nationalist movement is inherently hateful of Jewish Americans, immigrants, and Americans of color.
One neo-Nazi protester has found himself completely disowned by his family as a result of his participation in the march. Pete Tefft of North Dakota was present in Charlottesville, and when his parents found out about his affiliation with the protests, they banned him from their house and all family gatherings. His father, Pearce Tefft, had this to say:
“I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful, and racist rhetoric and actions… I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender, and creed. I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same. Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.”
These powerful words make it clear that neo-Nazis and fascists won’t find acceptance in America. This is because expressing Nazi views isn’t “political speech”, but hate speech aimed at inciting violence, which is not and should not be protected by law.
These neo-Nazis are finding that out the hard way, and if you’re glad to see them finally suffering the consequences of their hate, please like and share this message in order to show that you too stand against their dangerous and hateful actions.