the internet is helping to identify charlottesville supremacists
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The alt-right often decries anonymous sources as indicators of fake news. But most nationalists weren't so keen to give their names when venting to reporters in Charlottesville over the weekend. But staying anonymous on the internet isn't so easy. Following the disturbing "Unite the Right" protest that turned Charlottesville's UVA campus into a site of racist violence over the weekend, Twitter users are rallying together to name and shame those feeling empowered to push their dangerous agenda.
The account @yesyoureracist is asking people who recognize any torch-bearing racists at the rally to give them a hat-tip, at which point the torch-bearing racists' schools and employers will also receive a notification. "I do what I can, but it's a team effort really," the user tweeted, with a wink face emoji and the hashtag #ExposeTheAltRight.
The first person to have been identified is already out of a job, resulting in the catchy tag #GoodNightColeWhite. And it's not just those who descended upon UVA who are being called out. One Peter Cvjetanovic, a.k.a. the screaming torch guy with a Richard Spenceresque hairstyle, recently met with GOP senator Dean Heller, a.k.a. the guy who announced his opposition to Trumpcare before later deciding to slash Medicaid funding for a large chunk of his constituents. This is hardly likely to aid the embattled politician in his efforts to win re-election next year. Meanwhile, the man who organized the protest appears quite chummy with congressman Tom Garrett.
If you don't know anyone in the photos (congratulations) you can still help fight the good fight. @yesyoureracist has set up a Patreon account where followers can buy them a beer. Outing nationalists is thirsty work.