Unite the Right
| Frogs, clowns and swastikas|
|Rebuilding the Reich, one meme at a time|
|Buzzwords and dogwhistles|
“”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 performed by a blend of Republicans, neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, white nationalists, Klansmen, white supremacists, antisemites, Kekistanis, self-proclaimed red-baiting anticommunists and Identitarians on August 11 and August 12, 2017. UTR ended with 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 getting kicked off 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. A counter-protest was also formed by various anti-racist groups. The alt-right earlier had held a rally on May 14, 2017, with a torch parade similar to the August 11 brawl, and the Ku Klux Klan had held their own rally on July 8.
- 1 Scheduled speakers
- 2 The protesters/rioters
- 3 The counterprotestors
- 4 Murder of Heather Heyer
- 5 Other violence
- 6 N31VA crash
- 7 Responses
- 8 Images from the rally
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 Notes
- 12 References
The scheduled speakers for the event were the following:
- Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute (NPI)
- Mike Peinovich aka Mike Enoch of The Right Stuff (TRS)
- Jason Kessler — the main organizer of the event, a former Proud Boys member
- Baked Alaska aka Tim Gionet, a former Buzzfeed News reporter and prominent troll
- Augustus Sol Invictus aka Austin Gillespie — a Satanist, a libertarian and part of the alt-right
- Christopher Cantwell aka "The Crying Nazi" of Free State Project and Radical Agenda
- Matthew Heimbach of the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP)
- John Ramondetta aka Johnny Monoxide of Identity Evropa (IE)
- Pax Dickinson, former Business Insider CTO
- Michael Hill, president of League of the South (LS)
- Kyle "Based Stickman" Chapman, leader of the Proud Boys official militia wing Fraternal Order of the Alt-Knights (FOAK)
- American Guard, self-proclaimed "Constitutional Libertarian" American nationalist organization led by former Vinlanders Social Club skinhead Brien James
- Anti-Communist Action/Anticom, describes itself as "the right's response to Antifa" and claims it is not racist, even though members were found to have come up with making bombs against counter-protesters and some expressing neo-Nazi views
- ARM (Alt-Right Montreal) and Hammer Brothers, the Canadian-based alt-right group from Montreal
- The Daily Stormer/Stormer Book Clubs (TDS/SBC), the ever notorious neo-Nazi troll website
- "The Detroit Red Wings", a Detroit based alt-right group misappropriating the name of the NHL hockey team of the same name
- Fraternal Order of the Alt-Knights (FOAK), Proud Boys militia affiliate.
- Identity Evropa (IE), self-described "American Identitarian" group.
- The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), the notorious American hate group
- League of the South (LS), "Southern Nationalist" neo-Confederate organization.
- National Policy Institute (NPI), Richard Spencer's "think tank"
- National Socialist Movement (NSM), America's oldest neo-Nazi group
- Nationalist Front (NF), a coalition of neo-Nazi, neo-Confederate, neo-fascist and alt-right groups.
- Rise Above Movement (RAM), a violent Southern California fight club
- Traditionalist Workers Party (TWP), neo-Nazi organization.
- The Right Stuff (TRS), neo-Nazi and proclaimed fascist group.
- True Cascadia, a group of Pacific Northwest alt-righters
- Vanguard America (VA), the group that James Alex Fields belonged to. It has had an internal squabble for leadership between Dillon Ulysses Hopper (a.k.a. as Dillon Irizarry) and Thomas Rousseau.
- Antifa/Anti-Fascist Action
- Anti-Racist Action (ARA)
- Black Lives Matter (BLM)
- Democratic Socialists of America (DSA)
- Industrial Workers of the World (IWW)
- Metropolitan Anarchist Coordinating Council
- National Council of Churches (NCC)
- Redneck Revolt
- Refuse Fascism
- Revolutionary Communist Party
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
Murder of Heather Heyer
A guy who sent a Hitler pic to his mom 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. The attack was livestreamed by counter-protesters.
Neo-Nazi internet rag The Daily Stormer (TDS) called Heyer a "fat childless slut" (as a result, GoDaddy, Google and Zoho decided not to maintain TDS' DNS),, and foreign "skeptics" such as Sargon of Akkad promoted the white nationalist canard that she died of a heart attack.
Following the attack, /pol/ started "researching" who the driver was, falsely concluding the driver to be Joel Vangheluwe. 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 convicted of second-degree murder in the case. Fields had been seen at the rally wielding a Vanguard America shield, although the organization later claimed not to be associated with Fields.
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 into counter-protestors who were obstructing them entering the park by a Florida division of the League of the South and members of the National Socialist Movement and Traditionalist Workers Party, and a Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard shooting a gun.
Jason Kessler, the man responsible for organizing the rally, was sentenced to 50 hours of community service for punching James Taylor.
Jacob Scott Goodwin, who was a member of neo-Nazi Billy Roper's Shieldwall Network and Traditionalist Workers Party and who wore an "88" pin and TWP pin during the rally, was convicted of maliciously wounding DeAndre Harris at the rally.
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 Judge Robert Downer and replacement defense attorney Denise Lunsford agreed to. When the FBI took over the case in 2018, the two 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.
“”Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.
|—Donald Trump, August 14, 2017 (reading a statement)|
|—Donald Trump, August 15, 2017 (impromptu news conference)|
President Donald Trump's response was quite delayed and insidious; 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.
Five days after the murder of Heather Heyer, members of ISIS carried out a similar terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. Predictably, since the perpetrators were brown Muslims, Trump was quick to condemn the attack, which contrasted sharply with his slow, dishonest, and half-assed condemnation of white nationalist domestic terrorism.
Things got even worse after Trump's massive criticism of the peaceful protests of black NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem (to raise awareness of racism and police brutality, by the way), slamming them by saying they should all be fired.
By 2019, Trump himself, Scott Adams, Morton Klein (head of the Zionist Organization of America) with the help of Louie Gohmert, Steve Cortes (Trump advisor/sycophant and Fox News hack), Breitbart, and Prager "University" have attempted to whitewash Trump's false equivalence of racists with anti-racist protesters.
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/"freeze peach!" crowd 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 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
- Lost Cause of the South
- White nationalism
- Alt-right glossary
- "Wife with a Purpose", a.k.a., Ayla Stewart, a Mormon alt-right blogger who was a scheduled speaker that didn't turn up.
- The Great Replacement conspiracy theory, the far-right theory from France created by writer Renaud Camus that had a bit of an influence on the alt-right and its slogans "You Will Not Replace Us" and "Jews Will Not Replace Us".
- 2021 U.S. Capitol riot - another dangerous riot by the far-right, though far more infamous
- Though depicted in the poster, there is no evidence that libertarians appeared at the rally in any organized way, although Austin Gillespie, aka Augustus Sol Invictus, did make an appearance.
- Sound familar?
- 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.
- 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.
- Vanguard America Anti-Defamation League.
- Charlottesville suspect sent mother Hitler picture days before rally, prosecutors say by Amir Vera (Posted: 3:48 AM, December 04, 2018; Updated: 3:48 AM, December 04, 2018) CNN via WLSL (archived from 7 Apr 2019 22:50:35 UTC).
- ‘Sargon Of Akkad’ Cites White Nationalist Propaganda, Reveals His Alt-Right Sympathies
- Sexist 'Alt-Right' Conspiracy Surrounding Heatger Heyer's Death Persists Despite Ruling From Medical Examiner
- 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.
- Alex Fields found guilty of killing Heather Heyer during violent Charlottesville white nationalist rally by Minyvonne Burke and Marianna Sotomayor (Dec. 7, 2018) NBC News.
- "Charlottesville Car Attack: Who Is Accused Suspect James Alex Fields Jr.?: The Two-Way". NPR. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
- 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.
- Full text: Trump's comments on white supremacists, ‘alt-left’ in Charlottesville (08/15/2017 04:48 PM EDT; Updated 08/15/2017 06:16 PM EDT) Politico.
- President Donald Trump On Charlottesville: You Had Very Fine People, On Both Sides (Aug 15, 2017) CNBC via YouTube.
- Trump’s Quick Response To Barcelona Attack Makes His Charlottesville Reactions Look Even Worse by Paige Lavender (08/17/2017 02:30 pm ET) HuffPost.
- Watch Shaun's refutation to PragerU's video here
- Trump Supporters Now Claim He Didn't Call Charlottesville Neo-Nazis 'Very Fine People': Trump supporters have seized on the idea that it's unfair for the media to say Trump said there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ when referring to white supremacists. by Will Sommer (04.11.19 2:59 AM ET) The Daily Beast.
- Trump tries to re-write his own history on Charlottesville and 'both sides' by Aaron Blake (April 26, 2019 at 10:27 AM) 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.