Charlottesville white nationalist marchers face backlash — BBCI

Cheryl Sanders
August 16, 2017

The man behind the account "Yes, You're Racist" is now receiving death threats for posting the names of people who attended this weekend's white nationalist rally.

The self-described white nationalist said he attended the march to send a message that "white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture".

"It's this constant, 'Oh, it's the white man". I understand the photo has a very negative connotation.

Theresa May said the United Kingdom "stands with the US" but Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Trump's response was "not enough". They share them through social media.

A "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend left one protester dead and dozens more injured. "I think that what we're also seeing is people are exhausted of being swept under the rug", said Peter Young, an instructor at San Jose State University's journalism and mass communications department.

"Early on in the game, I chose to troll them by alternately confirming then denying that I was the person in the picture, in order to confuse the trail and distract them from the guy they were after".

But is it helpful?

That said, Twitter is "a bad information swapping service", he said, and some innocent people would inevitably get caught up in the process.

Nicholas Brody, professor of communications at the University of Puget Sound, said the events show that in the age of social media, "nothing is really anonymous anymore".

Facial recognition technology has been criticized for its poor ability to identify black people.

But the method isn't foolproof. In the 2013 Boston Bombing, Twitter and Reddit tried to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation identify the culprits.

Just 20 years old, Mr. Cvjetanovic was surprised that a picture of him brandishing a flaming torch and chanting some sort of repulsive motto - perhaps "blood and soil", a reinvigorated Nazi-era slogan - would be so widely seen.

But spread it did. Some have shared an online petition to have him expelled.

"But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I'm not the angry racist they see in that photo", Cvjetanovic told KTVN-TV. Spokeswoman Kerri Garcia said the university is "still monitoring the situation and reviewing information".

White couldn't be reached for comment. There was no telephone listing available for him in Reno.

"Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog", read a sign outside Top Dog on Sunday.

Simply identifying a person in a photograph does not violate Twitter's terms of use, although publishing the individual's private information is not allowed.

His home address was posted online.

"He knows those people are part of his base", Webber said. A strikethrough meant they had been killed.

"The people here stand together", Taylor said. "They are not hiding behind their hoods", he said.

"This acknowledgment does not even begin to make up for President Trump's years of riling up white nationalists", Farhana Khera, Executive Director of Muslim Advocates, a national legal advocacy and educational organization, told CNN. Compelling individuals to be accountable for their words and deeds online or off is not a threat to freedom of expression.

Last week, before the Charlottesville rally, Gorka, deputy assistant to the President, spoke about terrorism with Breitbart and said white supremacists were not the problem.

Facebook eventually removed the photograph from several accounts.

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