Violence Erupts Between White Nationalists & Protesters At Emancipation Park
White nationalist group, “Unite the Right,” bore torches and chanted about not being replaced as the University of Virginia became ground zero for racism.
In full display, we have been taken back to the 1920s, as white nationalist groups, Nazis and the like, clashed with counter-protesters at the University of Virginia last night. The optics were startling and very scary with white nationalists being so confident in their stance against “not being replaced” that they left their hoods and swastikas at home. There are unidentified militia members toting heavy artillery down the street heading towards Emancipation Park.
— Craig Stanley (@_CraigStanley) August 12, 2017
All of the outrage stems from the “Unite the Right” and their belief that Charlottesville is planning on removing any trace of its Confederate past. This has given alt-right activists, Ku Klux Klan members and members of the Nazi organization, a rallying cry, as they are expected to gather in Emancipation Park this afternoon, Saturday, Aug. 12. As I am watching @AMJoy live on MSNBC, a skirmish took place between alt-right members (Ku Klux Klan) and anti-white nationalist protesters. Armed with bats, sticks, shields, brass knuckles and assault weapons — no cops have stepped in to stop the fighting. Posted in the southern corral of Market Street, they have not entered the area. This is extremely alarming.
USA: University of Virginia pic.twitter.com/dAFXwpQhws
— redball (@redball2) August 12, 2017
With police estimating that as many as 2,000 to 6,000 people could gather, the “Unite the Right” protest rally could be “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades in the United States.” Decades, Murica, decades. Which means this wasn’t that long ago when you all felt like you had to show “the others” that you did not want us around you. 1,000 law enforcement officers and first responders might not be enough, despite it being the largest deployment of Virginia State Police in 30 years.
Blonde White supremacist shouting ni**er at the University of Virginia.
— 🅺🅸🆂 🅺🆁🅰🆅🅴R ♻ (@KissKraver) August 12, 2017
Let’s get back to the torch-bearing white nationalists.
Chanting “blood and soil” (a Nazi agriculture slogan) and “you will not replace us,” the “Unite the Right” hate group has put a face on the angst and hate that voted for Donald Drumpf. “In my 47 years of association with UVA, this was the most nauseating thing I’ve ever seen,” Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics tweeted. “We need an exorcism on the Lawn.” With violence ratcheting up as the rally inches to start, there’s no word from Mayor Mike Signer, there’s no movement from police authorities and the white supremacists are throwing bottles as things become very physical.
Hate-mongers even surrounded a church that resided on campus, filled with black parishioners and worshippers, while holding torches. “They are coming for the church! Police all around. They won’t let us go outside. Y’all these KKK are marching with torches!” Traci Blackmon, a black woman pastor who was inside the church while it was all going down, tweeted. Blackmon, who spoke out the night before, answered MSNBC’s Joy Reid about who she feels is responsible for this visible show of hatred and force. “I blame the [Trump] administration,” Blackmon said curtly. “He has allowed the racist rhetoric to permeate throughout this country, and I fear that this has opened the door for more things like this to happen across the country. May God have mercy on all our souls.”
Lord knows, we cannot even imagine what the black-and-brown folks are feeling down there. We all should keep watch on this and note that white people can never say that racism and privilege does not exist.