Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen, and other White supremacists are facing long-lasting consequences for their participation in the Aug. 12 Unite the Right White nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Online activists have targeted the White supremacist rank and file by widely dispersing pictures of ralliers on Twitter and Facebook. After using the social media networks to put names to the faces of howling torch-bearers and club and members of shield-wielding gangs, the activists are targeting those individuals’ jobs, educational standing, and personal lives.
Peter Cvjetanovic, a University of Nevada-Reno student, was the subject of a Change.org petition urging his removal from his university job and expulsion from the school. However, university president Marc Johnson told the Associated Press that administrators and campus police have concluded that there is no legal standing to take either action against Cvjetanovic.
Cole White, also photographed among the torch-bearing crowd, lost his job at the popular Berkeley, Calif. hot dog restaurant Top Dog, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Washington State University student James Allsup resigned as president of the university’s chapter of the College Republicans after he was photographed at the Charlottesville rally, according to Spokane, Wash. CBS affiliate KREM. The College Republican National Committee issue a statement on Aug. 14. calling on any of the organization’s leaders who supported the nationalist rally to resign.
“Advocates for white nationalism, racial supremacy of any kind, and terrorism have no home in the Republican Party or anywhere else in America,” Chandler Thornton, the CRNC national chairman, wrote in the statement.
Logan Smith, writing on Twitter under the handle @YesYoureRacist, identified Peter Tefft of Fargo, N.D. as one of the Charlottesville protestors. In response, Tefft was disowned by his family in a letter his father wrote to Fargo newspaper The Forum.
“Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer,” Pearce Tefft wrote in the letter. “I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.”
Shaun King, activist and senior justice writer at The New York Daily News, has named individual members of the mob that were photographed and videoed beating counter-protestor Deandre Harris bloody at Charlottesville.
Smith has named Daniel Borden and Michael Ramos as two of Harris’ assailants and is offering a $10,000 reward for the names of three others.
Neither Smith nor King responded to requests from the AFRO for comment on their work so far.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old activist and counter-protestor, was killed when a car plowed into her and others at the Charlottesville rally. The attack, which injured another 30 people, was allegedly perpetrated by James Alex Fields, Jr., a member of Vanguard America, a White nationalist group. Much like Cvjetanovic, White and Tefft, Fields does not hold any kind of leadership position in the organization.
Recent confrontations with members of the establishment far right and insurgent alt-right started with de-platforming, the denial of speaking opportunities to individuals such as debunked race scientist Charles Murray, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, and Breitbart journalist and left wing critic Milo Yiannopoulos.
Other confrontations have gotten physically violent. White “identitarian” Richard Spencer was punched in the face on-camera on Inauguration Day. Tim Gionet, a video blogger operating under the name “Baked Alaska” was maced at the Charlottesville rally.