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Naming and shaming white supremacists, one social media post at a time

Anti-racism vigilantes have joined hands to identify white supremacists on social media.

world Updated: Aug 14, 2017 22:19 IST
Charlottesville,@YesYoureRacist,White supremacist
Anti-racism vigilantes have joined hands to identify white supremacists on social media(Gregg Davis Facebook page)

A Facebook post by Missouri resident Gregg Davis has been shared 223,279 times and has garnered over 10K reactions. Each photograph asks: “Do you know me? Are you my employer? I was at the Nazi Rally at Charlotte, VA”.

The post invites people to identify the far-right protesters who gathered at Charlottesville for a torch march that turned violent and led to the death of a 32-year-old woman.

Another social media user, who goes by the name @YesYoureRacist on Twitter and has reportedly exposed white nationalists in the past, has also requested anyone who recognises the men in the photos to out them publicly on social media.

“If you recognize any of the Nazis marching in #Charlottesville, send me their names/profiles and I’ll make them famous,” the user wrote.

The efforts to publicly shame the white national supremacists and neo-Nazis involved in the demonstrations appear to be successful. They have managed to identify at least one white nationalist, Cole White, fired from his job at Berkeley’s Top Dog restaurant.

“The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog,” the restaurant said in a statement to nypost.com. “We believe in individual freedom, and voluntary association for everyone.”

@YesYoureRacist has identified a number of other far-right extremists and neo-Nazis who were involved in the protest - putting out their names, professions, Twitter handles for the world to see.

“I live in North Carolina and am pretty active in political activism here,” @YesYoureRacist told BuzzFeed news . “I have friends who went to Charlottesville to counter-protest the Nazis, and once I saw the news of the car incident it was very worrying until I was able to get in touch with them and confirm they were safe. I’m a white guy, but I feel very strongly that white people have a responsibility to fight racism and all bigotry whenever they see it. Otherwise, they are passively supporting white supremacy by doing nothing.”

One of those identified, the ‘angry’ torchbearer from the rally, 20-year-old Peter Cvjetanovic from Reno, Nevada , decided to explain himself in an interview with a local TV station after facing people’s wrath, reported nypost.com.

“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was,” he told Channel 2 News. “I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo”.

Apart from the 32-year-old Heather Heyer who died following the car incident, 35 people were injured at the rally, 19 confirmed by the hospital in Charlottesville.

The driver of the car, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr was arrested shortly after the incident, and has been charged with second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding, and one count of hit-and-run.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 21:25 IST