Twitter page names and shames rally participants

Posted August 16, 2017

The rallies in Charlottesville, which brought together an assortment of neo-nazi, white supremacist, and "alt-right" organizations to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee ended in tragedy late Saturday afternoon when Heather Heyer, a resident of Charlottesville, Va., was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a participant in the white nationalist marches.

Following deadly violence during a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, Twitter users took to the social media site to decry racism by identifying the "white supremacists" present at the rally.

@YesYoureRacist told Washington, D.C. television station WUSA9, "I'm not "trying" to get anyone fired, I just think people have a right to know if one of their neighbors, coworkers, employees, classmates etc.is attending white supremacist rallies". There are flaws to it, of course.

"I understand the photo has a very negative connotation".

In a clip caught by HuffPost reporter Christopher Mathias the group of people, who are seen holding Confederate flags and other racist symbols, can be heard shouting the homophobic phrase. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture. People like him, he said, "just want to preserve what we have".

David Edwards is a writer for Raw Story.

Logan Smith, who is communications director for Progress NC Action, says the account had about 65,000 followers Saturday morning. As long as these Twitter users are careful not to reveal too much, they seem able to continue sharing and identifying public photographs.

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Kyle Quinn, an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, was falsely identified by Internet sleuths as one of the people carrying torches at Friday's rally in Charlottesville.

There were calls on social media for Cvjetanovic and other protesters to be "named and shamed" after supporting a rally on Friday ahead of a deadly protest on Saturday where a auto rammed into a crowd of counter-protesters opposed to the group's nationalist views. "I am allowed to express my political beliefs and if UNR does expel me, then it is a clear violation of my first amendment".

The hashtag #ExposeTheAltRight is also being harnessed in the social media backlash against the events in Charlottesville. The photo was indeed of Salads wearing a Nazi armband, not to exalt Adolf Hitler per se, but for the equally stupid goal of trying to prove Donald Trump's supporters aren't racists.

The 20-year-old, who attends the University of Nevada, says he did not expect to become the viral face of the weekend's riots. He also said people have been sending the university messages through social media, email and phone, and that the university had plans to review the outside correspondence it received in the recent days.

University President Marc Johnson said the white supremacist movement had a corrosive effect on society. "We denounce any movement that targets individuals due to the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or whether they were born in our country".

Smith has made several mistakes, according to NPR ― he tweeted a photo taken at a Trump rally from several months ago that featured a man wearing a Nazi armband who apparently had done so as a "social experiment". Every time a user starts his tweet with "I'm not racist but ...", the account reminds him that this turn is precisely racist.

Cvjetanovic thinks that's unfair since he was only invoking his constitutional rights.