Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Sometimes an axiom or even a cliché can be absolutely, and completely true. The one about history and repeating it is an example of such a phenomenon.
As proof of my claim, I present Cole White and Peter Cvjetanovic. Cole and Petey are two extremely intelligent white nationalists who have come under some pretty intense public scrutiny after they were identified from photos taken of them at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Peter and Cole were there to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from the city’s grounds, and their protest wound up giving rise to the violence that led to the death of one woman and more than a dozen others being seriously injured by a deranged, racist psychopath in his car.
Since being photographed at the rally, White and Cvjetanovic have faced some pretty harsh public scorn and derision. Cvjetanovic’s shouting face, it’s gaping maw seemingly permanently frozen in time screaming, “I’m a dumb shit racist moron!” became the face of the rally for many who read about it online. He has since taken to various media outlets claiming he’s not an angry racist like he appears to be…while spouting dog whistle racist shit.
KTVN in Nevada covered some of Peter’s excuse making and false equivalency.
“I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture, “Cvjetanovic told Channel 2 News. (source)
Because, you know, taking down statues of non-European white Americans who literally committed treason against the United States in service of his state’s right to uphold slavery is totally wiping out white European culture. Somehow to people like Peter, not memorializing a racist piece of shit with a statue is the same as pretending he never existed. Which I guess makes sense when you realize that Peter comes from the political ideology that tells you history books are the tools of elitist socialist America haters.
“However I do believe that the replacement of the statue will be the slow replacement of white heritage within the United States and the people who fought and defended and built their homeland. Robert E Lee is a great example of that. He wasn’t a perfect man, but I want to honor and respect what he stood for during his time.” (source)
Not for nothing — but people in Charlottesville who want the statue gone are also defending their homeland from racist revisionist history. Robert E. Lee is not an American Hero. There’s a reason Lincoln turned his front yard into Arlington National Cemetery but his racist ass wasn’t buried there. Lee may have had qualms about slavery, and he may have told people he only joined the South’s cause to protect state sovereignty, but the end result of his actions was that he oversaw the death of thousands upon thousands of American soldiers so that racist, rich, white plantation owners could keep stockpiling black slaves like they stockpile AR-15s today.
Then we have Mr. White. First of all, let’s just acknowledge how perfect the universe can be sometimes. A virulent, racist shit bag with the last name of White? The only thing more fitting would be if our president’s last name was “Senile, Doddering, Old, Orange, Racist, Shit Clown.” But more importantly, White also has the honor of having been identified and subsequently fired by his employer — a hot dog restaurant in Berkeley of all places that actually leans hard libertarian — because apparently customers don’t mind chili or onions on their dogs, but they really blanch at the idea of their wieners being prepared by racist dicks.
Cole White, from California — allegedly works at Top Dog restaurant in Berkeley pic.twitter.com/gxPvwQtAPw
— Yes, You're Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017
I would think that naming and shaming actual Nazis would be something every American could get behind. Hell, I just read a story about one of the idiots in Charlottesville being literally disowned by his father because he attended that not-so-secret Klan rally. But no. Here’s a bit of pearl clutching from a right-wing oriented Facebook page. Don’t read the comments on it unless you feel like purging whatever food’s in your stomach.
I get a real tickle when libertarians or right-wingers defend racists from the consequences of their racism. These are the same people that tell us a bakery shouldn’t have to bake a cake for a gay wedding because they don’t believe in public accommodations. But these same free market worshipers have zero problem telling an employer they have to keep a literal Nazi on their staff because “free speech.”
Someone should explain to right-wingers that the First Amendment is about the government restricting your speech, not you getting a free pass from its consequences.
But you know — there’s a simple solution for these snowflake Nazis. Just put your fucking hoods back on, stupids. Gee, did you not realize there was a reason the KKK wore hoods? It was because decent human beings don’t weaponize skin color or country of origin, that’s why. So when good people see and hear racists being racist, they tend to punish those racists with social consequences. Such as, oh, I don’t know…fucking firing them so that the douchebag’s racism doesn’t reflect on the business.
Put your hoods back on, if you don’t want to be called out. Go slink back into the shadows if the spotlight’s too hot for you. Burn your crosses in your own backyard. Because no one owes a Nazi or Klansman a goddamned thing, especially not a consequence-free existence. Personally, I love it when racists don’t hide their faces; because I like shaming them into shutting the fuck up. And that doesn’t make me a fascist. It makes me an adult.
Here’s an animated GIF representation of how finding out Nazis are getting fired for being Nazis in public makes me feel: