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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106 comments

Issac H
Issac H1 months ago

The Pledge of Allegiance is a Nazi slogan.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer H1 months ago

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

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Carl R
Carl R2 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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william Miller
william Miller2 months ago

thanks

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Regus Slantei
Regus Slantei2 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 C2 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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Herbert C
Herbert C2 months ago

Dan B
It's become all too common today to try erasing all vestiges of the past with which we do not agree. Personally, I could care less about these monuments. But then like most Texans, I have no particular attachment to the Confederacy. I do have to question the accuracy of this article. A large group of demonstrators gathered at the site, shouted Nazi - white nationalist slogans, somehow managed to incite an "outbreak of violence, " and it ended when police responded. But the entire rally lasted a mere 10 minutes according to the article. Well, that was quick.

Richard Spencer seems to hold some reprehensible views, and If I were holding a rally to preserve my "Southern Heritage," I wouldn't want him anywhere near it. But he has as much right to free speech as anyone. The article ends with the question "Should you be able to bring torches and shout Nazi slogans with impunity?" Yes, you should.

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Dan Blossfeld
Dan Blossfeld2 months ago

Herbert C.,
It appears that some people want to celebrate only that part of history that they like, and ignore or erase that wish they do not.

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Carl R
Carl R2 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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Carl R
Carl R2 months ago

Thanks!!!!

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