Unite the Right
| Frogs and swastikas|
“”By all means, compare these shitheads to the Nazis. Again and again. I'm with you.
|—Mike Godwin himself|
Unite the Right (UTR) was an alt-right
riot rally circlejerk "protest" performed by a blend of neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, white supremacists, antisemites, Kekistanis, " anticommunists" and identitarians on August 11 and August 12, 2017. UTR ended in three people dead: one killed directly by one of the UTR participants, and the other two killed indirectly in a police-helicopter crash. The "protest" ultimately ended in failure, with public opinion turning against the alt-right, the Daily Stormer gettting kicked out of Google, the arrest of some UTR protestors, and mass crackdown and suspension of alt-righters.
UTR originated when the city of Charlottesville (which includes much of the University of Virginia) planned to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee. Predictably, this act upset white supremacists, who organized the rally in response; liberals and anarchists counter-protested.
- 1 Scheduled speakers
- 2 James Alex Fields Jr.
- 3 Other violence
- 4 N31VA crash
- 5 Responses
- 6 Images from the rally
- 7 Shaun and Jen's take
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 Notes
- 11 References
The scheduled speakers for the event were the following:
- Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute
- Mike Enoch of The Right Stuff
- Jason Kessler — the organizer of the event
- Baked Alaska
- Augustus Sol Invictus — a Satanist, a libertarian and part of the alt-right
- Christopher Cantwell of Free State Project
- Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Workers Party
- Johnny Monoxide (John Ramondetta) of Identity Evropa
- Pax Dickinson, former Business Insider CTO
- Michael Hill, president of League of the South
- Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman
James Alex Fields Jr.
Some Vanguard America neo-Nazi thought it would be a good idea to drive a car through a crowd of the counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19 other people. Neo-Nazi internet rag The Daily Stormer (TDS) called the woman a "fat childless slut".
Following the attack, /pol/ started "researching" who the driver was, falsely concluding the driver to be Joel Vangheluwe.
Amusingly Sadly, certain media outlets took the bait. Vangheluwe, being an innocent man, was not arrested, but he was mercilessly harassed. Instead a neo-Nazi named James Alex Fields Jr. has been arrested on a charge of second-degree murder.
These media groups took 4chan's bait and propagated the false accusation against Vangheluwe.
- Freedom Daily
- The Count
- Studio News Network
It wasn't just the killing of Heather Heyer, there were other violent acts committed by the UTR protestors such as the beating of a black man named DeAndre Harris, the shoving of shields to counterprotestors who were illegally obstructing them entering the park by a Florida division of the League of the South, a protestor shooting a gun, and Jason Kessler (the man responsible for organizing this rally) was sentenced to 50 hours of community service for punching James Taylor.
In September 2018, four California men were charged with violating the federal rioting law by traveling to Charlottesville "with the intent to … commit violent acts in furtherance of a riot." The indicted men, "Benjamin D. Daley, 25, of Redondo Beach; Thomas W. Gillen, 34, of Redondo Beach; Michael P. Miselis, 29, of Lawndale; and Cole E. White, 34, of Clayton," are members of the racist and anti-semitic Rise Above Movement.
The helicopter which crashed was piloted by Lt. Jay Cullen, who was accompanied by Trooper Berke M. M. Bates, who was operating a video camera and taking aerial surveillance footage of the rally. Bates filmed the Dodge Challenger pressing the Toyota Camry from behind into the rear of the maroon-red Honda Odyssey which had been parked in the middle of 4th Street several minutes prior by Lizete Short, blocking the southern and only legal exit (onto Water Street) of the one-way street which had no legal northern exit.
The helicopter then pursued the Challenger and filmed the arrest. This footage was introduced into evidence by the prosecutor Joseph Platania's assistant Nina-Alice Antony in December 2017, in combination with ground footage taken from the window of the Red Pump Kitchen restaurant. Both of these videos were then sealed for a reason left out of the court transcription, but which the Judge Robert Downer and replacement defence attorney Denise Lunsford agreed to. When the FBI took over the case in 2018, the 2 videos remained sealed and banned from public viewing.
The crash happened 3 hours after the Challenger hit the Camry, as the helicopter was rerouted to aid in escorting the vehicle of the Governor of Virginia.
Donald Trump's response was quite delayed and insidious (Great people on both sides!); rightfully this pissed people off. It is fairly certain that white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and alt-right activists voted for Trump, if they voted for anyone in the 2016 Presidential election. "President Trump is rarely reluctant to express his opinion, but he is often seized by caution when addressing the violence and vitriol of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and alt-right activists, some of whom are his supporters." Indeed, none of the other candidates for president ever displayed sympathy for any of these aforementioned ideologies, while Trump had done so on many occasions. The maker of the parade torches used in the march, Tiki® Brand, in contrast to the President, was quick to disassociate itself with the pro-Confederate-statue crowd. Things especially got bad after Trump's massive criticism of peaceful protests of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, slamming them by saying they should all be fired.
The hacktivist group Anonymous, in response to Unite the Right, has supposedly hacked multiple alt-right websites, even saying they are going to shut down The Daily Stormer. However, many think this is being faked by said websites for attention, since everybody hates them even more now and they may want to feign weakness so the mob comes to defend them. The Daily Stormer in particular reportedly had gotten notice of being shut down soon by their webhoster before the "hacked" message appeared.
Unite the Right was a false flag operation to defame the alt-right
Some people on the Conservapedia talk pages ranted about UTR being a false flag by teh leebrals in an attempt to discredit the right.[note 2] They claim that since this happened at the same time as the "Democrat Party" was involved in controversy, the left manufactured it to distract the MSM. The false flag conspiracy theory has also been propagated by Infowars, and US House Republican Paul A. Gosar of Arizona. Gosar also brought up the debunked claim that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator.
A couple weeks later, for a UVA football game ESPN decided to pull an announcer for happening to have the name Robert Lee. Unsurprisingly, being of Asian descent, he was not actually named for the Confederate general.[citation NOT needed]
Images from the rally
The Tiki Torch parade
Militia members patrolling Emancipation Park in Charlottesville
Counter-protesters with clergy
Fashy haircut gets punched
Shaun and Jen's take
- Lost Cause of the South
- White nationalism
- Alt-right glossary
- "Wife with a Purpose", a.k.a., Ayla Stewart, was a scheduled speaker who didn't turn up.
- Though depicted in the poster, there is no evidence that libertarians appeared at the rally in any organized way.
- Sound familar?
- Flags and Other Symbols Used By Far-Right Groups in Charlottesville: The so-called “Unite The Right” rally organized by white nationalist Jason Kessler in Charlottesville, Virginia, has succeeded in drawing out a diversity of far-right groups ranging from white nationalists to armed "Patriot" groups. (August 12, 2017) Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Mike Godwin: Man who devised internet Hitler law says 'Call these Charlotteville s***heads Nazis', The Independent
- A Guide to Who’s Coming to the Largest White Nationalist Rally in a Decade by Spencer Sunshine (August 10, 2017) Political Research Associates.
- The Internet of Hate: After Charlottesville, Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right have become a lot less welcome on the web. So they’re building their own. by April Glaser (Aug. 30, 2017) Slate.
- Man misidentified as Charlottesville driver had to flee home; plans to sue far-right sites by Oliver Darcy (August 16, 2017: 6:13 PM ET) CNN Media.
- What We Know About James Alex Fields, Driver Charged in Charlottesville Killing by Jonah Engel Bromwich & Alan Blinder (AUG. 13, 2017) The New York Times.
- UPDATE: #Charlottesville Driver Who Struck Crowd In Custody—Stay Tuned (Aug 12, 2017) Gotnews.com (archived from 13 Aug 2017 00:01:47 UTC).
- White supremacist is guilty in Charlottesville parking garage beating of black man by Ian Shapira (May 2, 2018 at 9:30 AM) The Washington Post.
- Four members of militant group charged in 2017 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville by Paul Duggan (October 2 at 2:40 PM) The Washington Post.
- YourAnonNews, while an unproven source, is considered the best source of news regarding Anonymous. They think it's a hilarious joke performed by TDS to gain publicity.
- Arizona congressman repeats bogus claim that Charlottesville violence was left-wing plot by Derek Hawkins (October 6, 2017 at 5:24 AM) The Washington Post.
- The Mormon Church Condemned White Supremacists, and This Mormon White Supremacist Mom Is Very Mad About It by Ruth Graham (Aug. 18 2017 12:34 PM) Slate.