Charlottesville, VA has been a hotbed for the “alt-right” and “white nationalist” movements in 2017.

It all started in February, when the Charlottesville City Council voted 3-2 to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee from Lee Park. In March of 2016, Councilor Wes Bellamy had called for the statue’s removal for cultural insensitivity and for being perceived as a symbol of white supremacy.

Robert E. Lee statue, Charlottesville, VA
Robert E. Lee statue, Charlottesville, VA

The protests started almost immediately as news hit the Internet. Soon, rallies were planned in support of the statue. There was an “alt-right” demonstration on May 13th, captured with dramatic music on YouTube.

Most famously (or infamously) was the KKK rally in July. As most will remember, the key talking points were how the Klan were outnumbered by the counter-protests.

On June 25th, the alt-right suffered a split as competing rallies were held in Washington, DC dividing the crowds. One event featured Laura Loomer and Mike Cernovich, somewhat known for disrupting the current version of “Julius Caesar” in Central Park. Cernovich is currently attempting to make waves by repeatedly attacking National Security Secretary H.R. McMaster.

The second rally at the Lincoln Memorial was led in opposition to what Richard Spencer called the “alt-light” movement, which he accused of simply seeking fame. “They’re utter cucks,” Spencer said before the rally. He called the organizers of the White House rally “losers” and “freaks” during his speech.

Unite the Right Poster
Unite the Right Poster

So who are the folks involved?

Richard B. Spencer

Richard B. Spencer
Richard B. Spencer

The Southern Poverty Law Center shares some of Spencer’s quotes:

“Martin Luther King Jr., a fraud and degenerate in his life, has become the symbol and cynosure of White Dispossession and the deconstruction of Occidental civilization. We must overcome!” – National Policy Institute column, January 2014

“Immigration is a kind a proxy war—and maybe a last stand—for White Americans, who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile.” – National Policy Institute column, February 2014

“Our dream is a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans. It would be a new society based on very different ideals than, say, the Declaration of Independence.” – Quoted by Vice, October 2013

Richard Spencer is an author known for his essays on the downfall of the conservative movement and what he perceives as a dismantling of European identity.

He founded the website AlternativeRight, since shortened to AltRight, and is therefore frequently credited with coining the term. But the movement has been growing for some time, as WaPo noted.

Spencer is a rich kid, born to an ophthalmologist and the heiress to cotton plantations. He has a BA in English Literature and Music from the University of Virginia, an MA in Humanities from the University of Chicago and spent some time in a doctoral program at Duke.

He has been kicked out of Europe and banned from several countries for promoting his brand of “nationalism.”

In 2011, he took over at the Nation Policy Institute (NPI). NPI’s website says that “the dispossession of White Americans will have catastrophic effects for the entire world, not just for our people.”

He is recently remembered for his hand gestures and shouting “Hail Trump!

Also for the “Punch Heard ‘Round the World

Matthew Heimbach

Matthew Heimbach
Matthew Heimbach

SPLC “In His Own Words”:

“No longer will the homosexual, Muslim, and black supremacist groups be allowed to hijack our campus. … Youth for Western Civilization is preparing to take our campus back, all we need is the help of people like you to make it happen.” – Youth for Western Civilization blog, January 2012

“To be able to get everyone behind the idea [that] the purpose of our movement shouldn’t be about reforming America, shouldn’t be about trying to make the system better and less unfair towards us, it’s about flipping the table over. It’s about going to temple and saying that this is a violation of God’s law and creating a new homeland for whites around the entire world.”
– Traditionalist Youth Hour with Matthew Parrott, July 10, 2013

“[W]e shouldn’t give up California just yet. Because it truly is beautiful in terms of weather, but it’s full of Mexicans and that’s sort of a problem.”
– Traditionalist Youth Hour with Matthew Parrott, July 10, 2013

“This is our home and our kith and kin. Borders matter, identity matters, blood matters, libertarians and their capitalism can move to Somalia if they want to live without rules, in the West we must have standards and enforce them. The ‘freedom’ for other races to move freely into white nations is nonexistent. Stay in your own nations, we don’t want you here.”
– “I Hate Freedom,” Traditionalist Youth Network, July 7, 2013

“Those who promote miscegenation, usury, or any other forms of racial suicide should be sent to re-education centers, not tolerated.”
– “I Hate Freedom,” Traditionalist Youth Network, July 7, 2013

“I do not care if you are a man who ‘loves’ another man, you do not have the right, privilege, or ability to marry him and carry on in a degenerate relationship. In any healthy society you would be dragged off to therapy to help you cope with
your mental illness, not given glitter and assless chaps to parade down the street. A society helps the mentally ill; it doesn’t parade them around as normal.”

Heimbach started his crusade at Towson University, starting a “Youth for Western Civilization” group in 2011. In 2012 he used the group and a Towson tradition of writing messages in chalk, known as “chalking,” permitting all speech as long as it can be washed away by rain. Heimbach chose to call out what he and others call the “Boer genocide.” After much controversy, the faculty adviser resigned and the SGA quickly pulled support for Heimbach’s group.

Not to be beaten, Heimbach formed a White Student Union later in 2012, announced in a letter to the school paper, The Towerlight.

Notice that the letter finishes with the infamous “14 Words.”

In October of 2012 he was able to fund and organize an event with Jared Taylor, founder and editor of American Renaissance magazine.

He has since begun an organization known as the Traditionalist Youth Network. The group’s website lays out the goals.

While claiming to be “inclusive” and on both the “right” and the “left” of the political spectrum, the groups goes on to say:

We’re not a threat to the students who are homosexuals, minorities, and atheists; we’re an alternative for them to consider. Homosexuals don’t spontaneously emerge from gay test tubes. They have faith traditions, extended families, and communities that they belong to in addition to experiencing sexual attraction to people of the same gender. While authentic Traditions do not embrace the individuals acting on those impulses, authentic Traditions do embrace the individuals as complete people. It’s degenerate and dehumanizing to define one’s “identity” primarily on one’s sexual impulses, one’s autism, or whatever other superficial idiosyncrasies modern educational, governmental, and media institutions attempt to pigeonhole individuals into.

We embrace ethnic minorities on their terms, validating, celebrating, and strengthening those bonds between people who share a tribe and tradition. Perhaps our most controversial position is our encouragement of members to court and marry partners who share a tribe and tradition. In the Modern rush to tolerate a plethora of “alternative lifestyles”, we believe the forces of secular globalism have become intolerant of one of those alternatives: traditional, monogamous, heterosexual relationships with partners who share a common heritage and tradition.

By the time 2013 had rolled around, Matthew Heimbach was making MAJOR waves, as this report from ABC News suggests.

The key points to note in the video are the claims that people of color and Jews are “disproportionately” more likely to be “predators,” and that some are in need of a “short drop with a tight rope around their necks.” When asked if he considers himself a racist, he replied, “Sure. Why not?”

In 2015, he returned to Towson to continue promoting White Student Unions.

I had the pleasure to meet with young activists from Towson University this weekend, they have decided to organize a chapter of the TWP. Tomorrow belongs to us

Posted by Matthew-John Heimbach on Monday, 12 October 2015

Heimbach also admitted to being involved in the infamous shoving incident at a Trump rally.

Augustus Sol Invictus

Augustus Sol Invictus
Augustus Sol Invictus

There isn’t much to say about Mr. Invictus. Except he is interesting….. VERY interesting. A few hours after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was captured, a lawyer from Florida quit his job. His departure memo was duly noted at the time.

In it he declared:

I am of genius intellect & cultured, well-educated & creative, well-mannered & refined. I am God’s gift to humankind where the English language is concerned, and I also happen to have a basic knowledge of Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, and Italian. I am musical & artistic; I am athletic & possessed of militant self-discipline; and I am many other things. I have a Cadillac & a poodle, multiple computers & a personal library; I live in an apartment downtown, right across the street from the courthouse; I have been to Paris & Vancouver, to Cairo & Dubrovnik, to Mexico City & Siracusa. I dress better than all of you, pronounce my words perfectly, and have a winning, professional handshake. I am everything you ever wanted to be.

He goes on to claim that he has “won” the “petty game” of the world and that it holds no more interest for him.

WITNESS YE MY RENUNCIATION:

I hereby renounce my licenses to practice law, my diplomas, my affiliation with Rollins, DePaul, and the University of South Florida, my United States citizenship, my membership in the Roman Catholic Church, my law firm, my publishing company & poetry journal, and all of my material possessions.

He finishes with the assertion that he would disappear into the wilderness and return “bearing Revolution.”

HEAR YE MY FINAL WORDS IN PEACETIME:

I have prophesied for years that I was born for a Great War; that if I did not witness the coming of the Second American Civil War I would begin it myself. Mark well: That day is fast coming upon you. On the New Moon of May, I shall disappear into the Wilderness. I will return bearing Revolution, or I will not return at all.

War Be unto the Ends of the Earth,

Augustus Sol Invictus
Orlando, Florida, USA
XX Aprilis MMXIII Satvrnvs

And then he went to Arizona for a fast, or vision quest, or whatever he was looking for.

Now he’s back, and the stories came with him. Having joined the Libertarian Party, he has declared his intention to run for office, but the Libertarian leadership has concerns.

Florida candidate for U.S. Senate admits to sacrificing goat, drinking its blood

“I did sacrifice a goat. I know that’s probably a quibble in the mind of most Americans,” he said. “I sacrificed an animal to the god of the wilderness … Yes, I drank the goat’s blood.”

Jason Kessler

Jason Kessler
Jason Kessler

The apparent organizer of the event, Kessler is a newcomer to the “alt-right” movement. Until last year, Kessler was just a struggling author, frequently bemoaning the challenges of manhood and speaking lovingly of Ayn Rand.

In October, that all changed. First Kessler came out in support of Doug Muir, the UVA lecturer that compared the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK. Next he set his sights on Councilor Bellamy, the man who had called for the removal of the Lee statue. He began calling him “Creepy” and a “Black supremacist.”

In January, Bellamy was arrested for assault after punching a man who he accuses of defacing a petition he was gathering signatures for. He later plead guilty.

He attempted to have Bellamy recalled. The attempt was later dismissed.

Events this Week

This week, the city announced that the permits would not be issued for Lee Park, but for McIntyre Park due to anticipated crowds being larger than the 400 Kessler cited on his application.

Kessler and his co-organizers are refusing to honor the permit, insisting that Lee Park (now renamed Emancipation Park) is the central focus of the protests, being the location of the Robert E. Lee statue that started the entire effort.

The ACLU and Rutherford Institute step in

This week, John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute announced the organization along with the ACLU would file suit against the city of Charlottesville, claiming that Kessler’s First Amendment rights are being violated.

From the August 10 letter:

Pointing out that the First Amendment prohibits the government from blocking a protest based on its content or viewpoint, or based on how the government anticipates others will respond to the protest, attorneys for The Rutherford Institute and American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia (ACLU) have filed a First and Fourteenth Amendment lawsuit against the City of Charlottesville, Va., for discriminating against protesters who espouse highly controversial views and blocking their access to a historic downtown park while allowing counterdemonstrators access to parks in the vicinity. The complaint argues that City officials violated activist Jason Kessler’s constitutional rights when they revoked his permit five days before a long-planned August 12 rally in Emancipation Park to protest the removal of a Confederate statue from the park and insisted that the demonstration be moved to a more isolated location over a mile away. Two other groups that oppose Kessler’s message, which have called on thousands of protesters to attend, have been granted permits by the City for downtown parks close to Emancipation Park on August 12.

Whitehead made comments to reporters concerning the suit in this NBC29 video.

There is now an emergency injunction hearing scheduled for 2:15pm EDT. I will update this article as soon as I hear the results.

UPDATE:

The Court has granted the injunction and the rally will go on as planned in Emancipation Park (formerly Lee Park).

https://twitter.com/MattTalhelm/status/896167501272317952

 

Counter protests and events

The city has approved two permits for counter-rallies. Walt Heinecke of Peoples Action For Racial Justice Charlottesville has been granted two separate permits for rallies at McGuffey and Justice Parks. The press release says many events will be planned.

In addition, the University of Virginia hopes to absorb some of the hype with their own scheduled events.

Hype is rising

 

UPDATE: Gov. McAuliffe releases statement concerning National Guard preparations

 

Interestingly, the counter-rally event page on Facebook is active: https://www.facebook.com/events/1527709727296643/

While the Unite the Right rally page has been deleted: https://www.facebook.com/events/137857813439031/

 

Sources:

City Council votes to remove Robert E. Lee statue

Charlottesville City Council votes to remove Lee statue

The KKK rally in Charlottesville was outnumbered by counterprotesters

KKK rally over Confederate statue stirs deep-rooted tensions in Charlottesville

Right-wing activists repeatedly rush the stage at Public Theater’s final ‘Julius Caesar’ performance

The alt-right is splitting in half, and white nationalists like Richard Spencer want it back

Richard Bertrand Spencer

What’s the alt-right? A primer

Rutherford Institute & ACLU Sue City for Discriminating Against Controversial ‘Alt Right’ Views by Blocking Protesters’ Access to Park

Rally relocation: City okays permit for McIntire Park, Kessler refuses to change

Federal Court Taking up Location Issue for Unite the Right Rally

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