Did college students in white nationalist rally just torch their futures?

Participants in the deadly “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville are being identified through social media.

Social media has enabled white supremacists to find like-minded brethren. An online call-out drew hundreds of them to Charlottesville this weekend where their white supremacists chants and Nazi homage culminated in violence and death.

Now, the same social media that united them is unmasking them.

A campaign is underway to identify the marchers captured in photos at the deadly “Unite the Right” rally where a 20-year-old from Ohio drove his car repeatedly into the crowd, killing one person and injuring 19 more.

A California restaurant fired an employee for attending the white nationalist rally.

At least one man has been fired from his restaurant job as a result of being outed by the @YesYoureRacist effort.

But some of the marchers don’t have jobs from which they can be fired; they’re college students.

I am surprised students — including the president of the College Republicans at Washington State University who resigned earlier today — didn’t consider the consequences of participating in a rally where participants wore Nazi paraphernalia and Ku Klux Klan robes, a march described by Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer as a “parade of hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance.”

Were there no adults in their lives to caution that they were undermining their futures and that any social media images of them from the rally could haunt them for decades?

In my reporting over the years on avowed racists and white heritage fanatics, they’ve often been older men who were underemployed or self-employed; these college kids had dreams for their lives beyond collecting disability benefits from the government or relying on odd jobs.

And they likely just put a match to those dreams. Already, the presidents of colleges attended by two of the marchers have sent out a flurry of tweets distancing their campuses from the beliefs and actions of their students.

Washington State University student James Allsup is confronting his critics. He also contends his resignation as president of Washington State College Republican was in the works; he just sped up the process by stepping down earlier.

The Washington State president issued a series of tweets deploring what happened in Charlottesville but has not responded to calls to expel Allsup. Allsup has take a defiant posture, telling a critic on Twitter calling for his expulsion: “Please do – huge civil rights lawsuit win for me.”

But I somehow don’t see Allsup’s boastful Twitter comments enhancing his future prospects. Among them was one Saturday with #Charlottesville that stated, “What I just witnessed was the return of America.”

University of Nevada student Peter Cvjetanovic has also been identified through social media, and says he is now receiving death threats for a screaming photo that has become an emblem of the march. He has said, “I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.” But as one person responded on Twitter, “Good luck with the job search after graduation, Peter.”

Cvjetanovic also has said, “I will defend tooth and nail my views as a white nationalist. I love my culture and will fight for it, but never in a violent way.”

Apparently, Cvjetanovic is not alone in his resolve.

A story in the AJC today reports:

Emboldened and proclaiming victory after a bloody weekend in Virginia, white nationalists are planning more demonstrations to promote their agenda following the violence that left a woman dead and dozens injured.

The University of Florida said white provocateur Richard Spencer, whose appearances sometimes stoke unrest, is seeking permission to speak there next month. And white nationalist Preston Wiginton said he is planning a “White Lives Matter” rally at Texas A&M University in September. Also, a neo-Confederate group has asked the state of Virginia for permission to rally at a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond on Sept. 16, and other events are likely.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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bicami
bicami

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Mary Eye
Mary Eye

Although my thought is to say that these students should lose it all, I have to remember the young girl that I was. Influenced by those I grew up around, this might have been an ideology that I would have understood and believed in. It was only the experience of knowing others and going to college that allowed me to form my own beliefs. I say give them a chance to change.

An American Patriot
An American Patriot

So, how do they do that....a person goes in for an interview, a photo is taken of him/her, they upload it into a facial recognition app and search the internet for a match?  Is this how it works?  You know, I certainly don't agree with what these young and I think foolish people do when they protest violently.  That's not "The American Way" and if I had the choice, I would NOT hire someone who has acted in this manner.  They would not be the kind of person I would want to pay ANY money to be an employee.

Mary Renson
Mary Renson

That's why they are in college, so they can go out and protest every chance they get. Colleges don't produce scholars any more, they are crying idiots, want their college for free( that's not going to happen ). Your there to get an education if you don't get it you pay anyway. They are graduating MORONs!!!

Michael Lloyd
Michael Lloyd

I knew as soon as white people gathered it would be racist \U0001f602

Harry S Lloyd
Harry S Lloyd

There should not be a connection. All have a right to protest

Betty Shuler Benton
Betty Shuler Benton

Guess that is why the old KKK wore their stupid white hoods and robes - they hoped their neighbors, wives, children, friends, employers wouldn't know how disgusting they were. This group was not smart enough to hide their identity...they lit their faces with bright torches so many many pictures and videos were made of their hate filled faces. I pray that they will turn from their evil ways and choose a more enlightened path.

Mike Pregon
Mike Pregon

Same should be done to the Antifa low lifes .

Sally MacGregor Crone
Sally MacGregor Crone

Who cares what repercussions these people face? They should avoid these events because they are disgusting events filled with hate, not because they are 'worried about undermining their futures' and 'social media images haunting them for decades."

Bonnie Cales Rhoads
Bonnie Cales Rhoads

They should have been kicked out of college for skiping classes to be mixed up in the clash of idiots in Charlottesville Virginia. Jim Rhoads

King Morton
King Morton

I hope do. Our young futures get torch all the time wen we get banged up for weed and put on probation for 2 years

Cheryl Robb
Cheryl Robb

Hope so. It's time they grow up . maybe all should be drafted into the service. And see what it takes to have freedom

Sarah Catherine
Sarah Catherine

If the answer is 'yes' then good! That young lady killed gets NO future.

Voncile Stone
Voncile Stone

Sure hope so...yet it appears the left and their hate are winning at least the battles...just pray not the war..this has got to be turned around before our country is destroyed!

Michael Hopson
Michael Hopson

Hope so ... I don't see them on any leadership council I'm in on.

Lisa Murad
Lisa Murad

We need to reach out to them. They are individuals who already have alienation issues. They need to be counseled and worked with. Further alienation just serves their recruiters' purposes.

Shane Burrell
Shane Burrell

Yeah that works be easy on the racist, bigots, skin heads and Nazi. You can't counsel or work with HATE.

William Mullins
William Mullins

Trump: "Are Washington and Jefferson next?" FALSE EQUIVALENCE! Washington and Jefferson were much more than JUST slave owners, and the Confederacy was NOTHING MORE than a traitorous attempt to destroy this country in order to preserve slavery.

Jay Sanchez
Jay Sanchez

You know ANTIFA means Anti-Fascism right? Fascists are Nazis so you are basically saying you support Nazis.

Trevor Stricklin
Trevor Stricklin

Jay Antifa operates on Communism ideals, fear and hate.. they have proven it with the violence and destruction they have caused across the country..

John Temperly
John Temperly

Not until i turn 65 and then i am not sure Scott Hornibrook

Scott Hornibrook
Scott Hornibrook

I thought if you moved back to Wisconsin that would end your biz in Georgia.

John Temperly
John Temperly

It would Scott. My Sister and i will live together when we retire, she has a home in Janesville, WI.

Erin Culver
Erin Culver

I'm just here to read the classic comments like; "but what about" and "they had permit" and my personal favorite, "many sides".

Erin Culver
Erin Culver

You can be a patriot, or you can be nazi. Those are the sides.

Peggy Ellis
Peggy Ellis

I agree, but only if this also applies to the students involved with Antifa and BLM. This is not a one-sided hate fest.

Jay Sanchez
Jay Sanchez

Good to know that you think people protesting Nazis are as bad as Nazis. That makes yo a Nazi sympathizer. Good to know.

Omar M. Grady
Omar M. Grady

I hope so. I wouldnt want one of them being a Judge or lawyer, a dr or a police officer.

Omar M. Grady
Omar M. Grady

Robert Williams you just made me spit my water out. People like this need to work at a hotel front desk so they can see how many different types of people there are.

Jim Carpenter Jr.
Jim Carpenter Jr.

Yea! They had no right to protest even with a permit! Must be the Constitution is for only a select group that decides who should protest!

Rose Lynn
Rose Lynn

Every opportunity that comes up and any conflict that arises during their life these pictures will surface. Why celebrate Nazi's and the confederates? They are all losers defeated by America. I guess that's the way to make America great again....by celebrating losers??

ElderSage
ElderSage

Its is the duty of all institutes of higher learning to deny the right of free speech to their students. So yes, any student who has different beliefs from the college administrators and profs should be expelled.

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

These idiots are soooo stupid. Pictures on social media  are like the guy who drove his car into the innocent crowd...with his license plate still attached. They'd never find him....oh wait!

Tye Alexandra
Tye Alexandra

They can always join the militia and go live in the woods, shoot guns all day and wave flags.