Fired, Disowned by Families:Racism Repercussions For Charlottesville Protesters
by G. Brown
The furor following the protest meant to unite White nationalists is far from fading. The flames from the torches that protesters carried in that Charlottesville march have been extinguished, but the event is still the center of burning rage by millions.
A Twitter account with the handle @YesYoureRacist decided since the KKK members decided to leave their hoods at home, why not truly identify them. The site is publicizing the identities of some of the protesters based on photographs with a statement of “If you recognize any of the Nazis marching in #Charlottesville, send me their names/profiles and I’ll make them famous…”
As people are identified, the website owner is contacting their employers. When this picture of Cole White was identified, his L.A. employer Top Dog, a restaurant chain, was notified of his participation. The eatery’s management says “Cole chose to voluntarily resign his employment with Top Dog and we accepted his resignation.”
Another man, Nigel Krofta has also reportedly lost his job after a photo of him was circulated on social media. Here’s the photo of Krofta (front row, right) standing next to the man who drove a car through a crowd of counter protesters and killed a 32 year old woman. James Alex Fields, front row left wearing glasses, has been arrested.
Other White nationalists are losing their families. One man has publicly disavowed his son who participated in Charlottesville. Pearce Tefft penned a letter to the editor of news sites saying,.
“Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast. His hateful opinions are bringing hateful rhetoric to his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his parents. Why must we be guilty by association? Again, none of his beliefs were learned at home. We do not, never have, and never will, accept his twisted worldview.”
Late night talk shows from Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon all opened their shows with blistering monologues condemning the “Unite the Right” protest. “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert slammed Trump for failing to immediately rebuke these hate groups by name especially since he says Trump is always willing to pick a fight.
— The Late Show (@colbertlateshow) August 15, 2017
Even foreigners like “Last Week Tonight’s” British host John Oliver, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, all condemned the deadly racist protest with anger and remorse before Trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel came down hard on the right-wing extremists calling the protest “absolutely repulsive–naked racism, anti-Semitism and hate in their most evil form .”
Trump’s hesitation is costing him loyalty as well as a number of top executives are distancing themselves from him. Merck C.E.O Kenneth Frazier bowed out as the only black business leader on Trump’s American Manufacturing Council. Following Frazier’s lead were the Alliance for American Manufacturing president Scott Paul, Under Armour C.E.O Kevin Plank, and Intel’s C.E.O. Walmart’s C.E.O denounced Trump’s response, but is not stepping down from his advisory role.
While Charlottesville was a horrible moment, it is doing something that’s needed in this country. It’s forcing people to take a long look at racism and decide if they are part of the problem or part of the solution. Racism is not an issue where you can straddle the fence–you either support racism or you don’t. Those who don’t are taking action and letting their sons, their employees and co-board members know that supporting white nationalists won’t be tolerated.
No matter how small the step, whether stepping down from an advisory council or using social media to shine the light on racists… people are drawing a line and taking powerful, non-violent action to deal with this. The time for rhetoric is over.