Famous white supremacist Richard Spencer and his fellow “believers” are upset Confederate monuments to slavery defenders are being removed nationwide. The removal is a step towards atonement to the millions of African Americans who were enslaved here.
On Saturday night, a few dozen protesters, including 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.,” according to Daily Progress.
— Cecilia Davenport (@CWDaven) May 14, 2017
“Russia is our friend,” in Lee Park. pic.twitter.com/uNKMoKRegF
— Allison Wrabel (@craftypanda) May 14, 2017
Charlottesville police arrived after about 10 minutes to disperse the crowd of active 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.
The next night there were counter-protests:
In April, the Charlottesville City Council voted to sell the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that stands in the park as a symbol of slavery and rebellion against the United States.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)