Chanting Nazi Slogans, White Nationalists Rally in Virginia Town

This past Saturday, a large group of demonstrators gathered in a Virginia town park to protest the removal of a statue dedicated to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Assembling after sundown, attendees wielded flaming torches and chanted white nationalist and Nazi slogans.

These chants included “Blood and soil,” “You will not replace us” and even “Russia is our friend.”

If there was any confusion about the intent of the rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer was on the scene to clear things up.

Readers may remember Spencer after a video of him being punched on the street during an interview went viral in January.

In Virginia, Spencer delivered a speech to a crowd, in which he stated that “whites have a future. We have a future of power, of beauty, of expression.” He went on to call for the creation of a “safe space” for whites in the form of an “ethno-state.”

Spencer’s vitriolic speech garnered cheers as he shouted, “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory” — a slogan, albeit in English rather than German, often expressed in Nazi Germany by Adolf Hitler and his supporters.

The rally itself reportedly lasted a mere 10 minutes before police arrived to respond to an outbreak of violence. It is unclear how many were harmed.

The timing of the protest coincided with a local fair celebrating multiculturalism — hardly a coincidence.

On Sunday, more than 100 counter-protesters gathered in the same park to condemn the previous night’s rally.

The mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Singer, also made a statement on Sunday denouncing the white nationalist demonstration. He stated that the torch-carrying protesters and their Nazi-inspired chants “hearkens back to the days of the KKK.”

Singer also asserted his belief that their intent was to “inspire fear and even terror with our vulnerable populations,” an act he described as “utterly disgusting and disturbing beyond words.”

Because Singer is Jewish, it was not before the Charlottesville mayor began to receive a number of hateful, anti-Semitic tweets. One said that Singer will be “going back to Israel. But you will not stay in power here. Not for long.”

Regarding the rally and resulting social media backlash, Singer explained that this is “sort of a last gasp of the bigotry” present in the country.

Hopefully Singer is correct. Unfortunately, reports from around the U.S. have shown an increase in white supremacist and anti-Semitic incidents, including the mass vandalization of several historically Jewish cemeteries across the country.

Free speech is one thing — however, if this “speech” inspires hate and violence, then it has no place in this country. It is illegal to yell “fire” in a crowded area. Should you be able to bring torches and shout Nazi slogans with impunity?

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110 comments

Telica R
Telica R14 days ago

Thanks for sharing

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Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill3 months ago

I find it interesting that the left is trying to erase history. What they don''t realize is that Robert E. Lee did NOT own any slaves, while Grant DID. So who is offensive?

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Melania Padilla
Melania P3 months ago

Wow, how crazy!

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Issac H
Issac H5 months ago

The Pledge of Allegiance is a Nazi slogan.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H5 months ago

More of this will be happening with Rump as dictator now.

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Carl R
Carl R5 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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william Miller
william Miller6 months ago

thanks

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei6 months ago

I agree Herbert. The violent Virginia white-nationalist rally looked and sounded very much like a Trump campaign rally. And I, like you apparently, would not want to restrict campaign freedom.

But I do question the morals, sanity, and intellectual age of any individual that would attend either kind of rally. You yourself used the accurately descriptive words: evil and reprehensible.

I thank God every day for his wisdom in creating rightwingers with such a fierce stupidity that they cannot resist proving it to the rest of us.

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Herbert C
Herbert C6 months ago

Shelly W is wrong about blacks owning slaves; her numbers are on the low side. Some free blacks did own slaves. A few rose to where they were in a position to buy relatives or others they cared about to protect them. Others owned slaves for the same reasons as white slave owners. Not that it should matter. I think we all agree that slavery was and still is an evil institution.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_United_States#Black_slaveholders

http://www.theroot.com/did-black-people-own-slaves-1790895436

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/hey-v12n5

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