Richard Spencer, Confederate Apologists March in Charlottesville, Va., With Torches Reminiscent of KKK

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Chuck Myers/MCT/MCT via Getty Images

Annoyingly, there’s more from whites up in arms that the many Confederate monuments to slavery defenders are being removed all over the country, a small but significant attempt at atonement aimed at the millions of African Americans who were enslaved here.


On Saturday, more than a few “protesters,” including punched-in-the-face-twice-moron Richard Spencer, gathered in Lee Park in Charlottesville, Va., wielding torches and chanting, “You will not replace us,” “Blood and soil,” and, strangely, “Russia is our friend” (cuz they are true Caucasians?! Or cuz Trump?).

The Daily Progress reports that Charlottesville police arrived after about 10 minutes to disperse the crowd of avowed white supremacists. For many, the nighttime gathering was reminiscent of homegrown terror group the Ku Klux Klan. Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer released a strongly worded statement, calling the event “either profoundly ignorant” or “designed to instill fear.”

“Either way, as mayor of this city, I want everyone to know this: We reject this intimidation. We are a welcoming city, but such intolerance is not welcome here,” he wrote.

In April the Charlottesville City Council voted to sell the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that stands in the park. The city also announced plans to rename Lee and Jackson parks, named, respectively, for Lee and Stonewall Jackson, yet another Confederate general.


A judge issued a temporary injunction on the statue’s removal, but as with the city of New Orleans, with its own plans to remove Confederate statues, it’s only a matter of time before the statue is taken down.


Farewell, goodbye and dasvidaniya to ya.

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Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.


Alexander Crouton-Skitch

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