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“No camo or weird shit, dress normal. Feel free to carry thiugh [sic].”
That’s from an email sent Friday to a group known as Minnesota Chimpout, a white supremacist group that carefully coordinated a trip to the Black Lives Matter sit-in that’s been continuously going on since the Nov. 15 police shooting of Jamar Clark.
By “carry,” the group’s members meant bring weapons. Not every member planned to carry guns, but some did. And when they weren’t emailing plans to infiltrate the protest, they were checking up on each other on 4Chan and 8Chan‘s /pol/ (politically incorrect) boards—hotbeds for racist discourse and activity. They also communicated on SheekyForums.com.
Members knew they were treading on thin ice. At one point, a member named Blake Holland realized his name showed up in the email thread—but after a brief acknowledgement, he didn’t seem to care much.
The group planned to livestream the event, after carefully following the Black Lives Matter social media accounts to check on locations and other information. Whether or not it was the same livestream that showed up on YouTube Friday night is unconfirmed—but given the blatantly racist music and commentary in the video, it seems possible the emails are related to the “IRL baneposting and loli adventures” of the guys in this video.
It’s titled “/k/ visits the justice4jamar protest,” referring to another 4chan board. On the /k/ board, “kommandos” discuss guns and other weapons, and there is a guideline stating that “Discussions about politics or current events belong on /pol/.”
In another video, one that has been widely circulated to identify two men who attended the protest and filmed the events, the men identify themselves as “Saiga Marine” and “Black Powder Ranger.”
In the same video, one of the men (who called himself Saiga Marine) flashes a gun at the camera and says, “yes, we are locked and loaded.”
“You have a gun?” replies Black Powder Ranger, laughing nervously. Then Saiga Man gives a shoutout to /pol/—the aforementioned no-holds-barred online political community that frequently includes white supremacist speech—and instructs viewers to “Stay white.”