- This bubble tea challenge is a balancing act 2 Years Ago
- Laura Dern gifts the internet with more ‘Big Little Lies’ memes 2 Years Ago
- The Stonks meme is back—and it’s weirder than ever 2 Years Ago
- Video shows officer threatening to shoot pregnant Black woman in front of her children Today 1:12 PM
- Netflix’s ‘Leila’ tells a familiar dystopian horror story Today 12:37 PM
- O.J. Simpson says in Twitter video that he never slept with Kris Jenner Today 12:06 PM
- GOP commissioner jokes on Facebook about running over Trump protesters Today 11:52 AM
- 2 trans women killed within 3 months in the same neighborhood Today 11:35 AM
- DNC tries to pander with tone-deaf Beyoncé meme, fails miserably Today 10:45 AM
- Parkland grad says Harvard rescinded offer after racist comments surfaced Today 10:10 AM
- ‘The Edge of Democracy’ chronicles the downfall of Brazil’s political leaders Today 9:42 AM
- Suzanne Collins is writing a ‘Hunger Games’ prequel Today 9:31 AM
- KSI rips Logan Paul for delay in their YouTube boxing rematch Today 9:02 AM
- Trump kicks chief of staff out of Oval Office for coughing during interview Today 8:29 AM
- Netflix announces Samurai version of ‘Game of Thrones’ Today 8:10 AM
White supremacists hold torchlight march, rally ahead of ‘Unite the Right’ protest
The event was a preview of today’s ‘Unite the Right’ rally.
The dormant University of Virginia campus was filled with hate and vitriol Friday night when hundreds of white supremacists and white nationalists held a tiki torch-lit march, chanting phrases such as “Blood and soil,” “You will not replace us,” and “One people, one nation, end immigration.”
— Alejandro Alvarez (@aletweetsnews) August 12, 2017
Happening now near UVA pic.twitter.com/IxWOFnUhA2
— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) August 12, 2017
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) August 12, 2017
— The Daily Progress (@DailyProgress) August 12, 2017
— Kurt Chirbas (@kchirbas) August 12, 2017
According to the Washington Post, the march, which lasted only 15 to 20 minutes, was made up mostly of white men in their 20s and 30s, though some appeared to be teenagers, and footage from the rally shows women were present, too. Nazi salutes were prevalent.
ft Nazi salute pic.twitter.com/8KCTDPRt4l
— Chris Suarez (@Suarez_CM) August 12, 2017
The march ended in a rally around the campus’ statue of Thomas Jefferson, UVA’s founder, and dispersed after a counter protester used a chemical spray on a dozen or so marchers. There were no immediate reports of arrests stemming from the rally or small counter protest.
The evening’s march came on the eve of a white supremacist and alt-right-led rally, Unite the Right, which began early Saturday morning. Notable alt-right figures expected to attend the Charlottesville, Virginia, rally include Richard Spencer, Mike Enoch, and Pax Dickinson.
According to the rally’s organizer, a white supremacist named Jason Kessler, white supremacists, nationalists, and members of the alt-right are congregating at Emancipation Park, formerly Lee Park, to support the site of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The city voted to remove the statue earlier this year, but the decision is still pending a judge’s ruling expected later in August.
An estimated 1,000 protesters are expected to take part in Saturday’s rally, while larger numbers of counter protesters are anticipated.
In a statement addressing the rally, Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the UVA march a “cowardly parade” of hatred and racism, and he said he was “disgusted” by the display of intimidation.
Update 12:55pm, Aug. 12: According to the New York Times, UVA officials said in a statement that one person was arrested and charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Several others were injured, including a university police officer injured while making the arrest.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.