Two flash mobs led by white nationalists Richard Spencer and Sam Dickson took place Saturday in downtown Charlottesville, VA, home of an ongoing dispute over Confederate monuments in the South.
In the evening event over 200 men and women carried torches to the statue of Robert E. Lee in a visually striking demonstration. The statue has been targeted by left-wing groups who’ve tried to have it removed just as the city of New Orleans has recently begun to do to their confederate monuments.
Spencer and Dickson talked about the need to commemorate the dead whom they describe as dying in “brother wars” (i.e. wars between people of European ancestry). In response the crowd chanted “no more brother wars.”
It started Friday afternoon when a group of about 150 clad in white polos and white dresses formed a marching column called a “white bloc” — a response to the “black bloc” uniforms of anarcho-communist group Antifa — at MacGuffey Art Center and marched in military formation to Jackson Park where they turned about face to greet featured speakers Richard Spencer, Sam Dickson, Nathan Damigo and Mike Peinovich.
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Spencer spoke first, saying, “We are here to say no; no more attacks on our heritage, on our identity; no more attacks on us as a people.”
Nathan Damigo, who caused a sensation in Berkeley by punching an Antifa rioter, added, “This fight is essentially a demographic struggle for the future of Western Civilization.”
Like Damigo, many of the demonstrators weren’t necessarily Southerners but sympathized with the fight to preserve a history which they say is increasingly under attack by Left-wing ideologues who want to tear down statues, change the names of buildings and rewrite history books to place white people in an unsympathetic and even hostile light.
Several demonstrators held signs depicting the controversial tweets of Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, a black man who has been pushing to have the statues removed. In past tweets he said, “I hate seeing white people around town”; “I don’t like whit(sic) people”; “I really tune out white people in community meetings”; and “My favorite thing about being down South is seeing the look on the faces of little white men when they have to look up to a black man.” He also retweeted, “It ain’t rape if she moans” and “I’m on a white girl diet this weekend you niggers should try it.” Bellamy replied, “A rape charge waiting to happen.”
A small showing of local Antifa supporters clustered towards the end of the event including Pam Starsia, Bellamy’s attorney, and Joe Starsia, leader of racial “social justice” group SURJ.
Interestingly, a young black man, Emerson Stern, took a selfie with Richard Spencer. Starsia then followed Stern through the park until reporters got between the two men.
“Spencer speaks what everyone is thinking but afraid to say out loud,” Stern said. “Showing Up for Racial Justice is a group of white, privileged losers,” he said of Starsia, “they don’t really do anything.”
Left-wing press compared the torch lit ceremony in front of the Robert E. Lee statue to a “Klan rally.” However, according to Evan Thomas, one of the organizers of the event, “It was a torch lit funeral procession for the fallen dead. This has a long and rich tradition in European cultures.”
Editor’s note: The author notified The Daily Caller after publication that he spoke at a luncheon May 14 on behalf of an effort to preserve the monument.