Twitter account doing the Lord's work of publicly identifying racists

Twitter account doing the Lord's work of publicly identifying racists

CultureAugust 14, 2017 By Rachel Chesbrough

Over the past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, white nationalists assembled for a Unite the Right rally, the largest of its kind in at least a decade. Surprising no one, it was filled with hate and bigotry, and ended in violence and tragedy.

As Al Jazeera reports, the group of hundreds descended upon the University of Virginia campus, hollering slogans like “blood and soil,” “white lives matter,” and “you will not replace us.” President Trump, true to form, later delivered a statement that delighted the neo-Nazis, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.” And so the decent people of American public have been left hemorrhaging grief and indignation, furious at the lack of consequences for these domestic terrorists. Enter Twitter user @YesYoureRacist.

According to his op-ed for the UK Independent, Logan Smith started the Twitter handle after he noticed many on Twitter earnestly tweeting “I’m not racist but…” followed by something blatantly racist. Smith began to search those words to retweet the paradox. However, in recent days specifically, it’s become much more than that. With the help of his built-in community, he’s been working to identify the white supremacists who were at the rally.

A far cry from “doxxing” (or making known sensitive information that clearly identifies people), this process allows the general public — people of color in particular — to be aware of who may do them harm (made known by their presence at a public rally and/or from public posts on social media).

Below is the roundup of @YesYoureRacist’s work thus far:

James Allsup – Washington State University’s College Republicans President. He has more than 14,000 Twitter followers and 145,000 YouTube subscribers. According to KREM 2, Allsup claims that he attended in a “media capacity,” but he was in fact a speaker at the rally.
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Ryan Martin (L) and Jacob Dix (R) – Centerville, OH. Martin has deactivated his Facebook account (he was wearing a Wu-Tang shirt in his cover photo) and Dix is set to private. 
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Peter Cvjetanovic – Works for and attends University of Nevada, Reno as a history and political science major. Despite screaming with torch in hand at a racist rally, he told local news station KTVN: “I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.” Cvjetanovic has previously been photographed with U.S. Senator Dean Heller.
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Matthew Campbell — Eagle Rock, Virginia. His last Facebook status before he deactivated his account read: “The next time we come to Charlottesville we are burning the city to the ground.”
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Daniel Reardon — Along with attending the rally, Reardon has been caught posting Nazi flyers on the UPENN campus. He is active on Twitter and according to Philly Antifa, has been evicted from his apartment and no longer works at the law office listed on his Facebook.
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Matthew Colligan — Boston, Massachusetts. Public personality known as "Millennial Matt," active on Twitter and YouTube.
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William Fears — Noted Texas white supremacist, active on Twitter as Oven Reacts Only. Twitter bio reads “Charismatic leader of a White breeding cult.” He has 195 followers.
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Pete Tefft — Fargo, North Dakota. His family has publicly disowned him. His nephew explains, “Peter is a maniac, who has turned away from all of us and gone down some insane internet rabbit-hole, and turned into a crazy Nazi. He scares us all, we don’t feel safe around him, and we don’t know how he came to be this way. My grandfather feels especially grieved, as though he has failed as a father.”
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Richard Spencer — Co-editor of AltRight.com, president of the National Policy Institute (white nationalist think tank) and Washington Summit Publishers.
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Cole White — Fired from Berkley’s Top Dog restaurant for his involvement at the rally.

 

As always, Rooster Magazine does not condone harassment of any kind, please use this information to keep yourself safe from those who might bring harm to you and your friends. Not to do anything shitty; we're better than that.

[Photo: Andrew Shurtleff/The Daily Progress]