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White Nationalist Groups Hone Narrative of Victimization, Point to Virginia Rally

Amid a tidal wave of public indignation over last weekend’s deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, organizers of the white nationalist rally have taken to social media to argue that they — not the one woman killed and nearly two dozen counterdemonstrators injured — should be seen as the real victims. “The police allowed (the counterprotesters) to rough me up because they wanted them to kill me,” rally organizer Jason Kessler said in an online video. “I’m a normal guy, and the people who went to Unite the Right rally are…

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APNewsBreak: Univ. of Florida denies white nationalist event

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida on Wednesday denied a request by a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer to rent space on the campus for a September event. UF President W. Kent Fuchs said in a statement that the decision was made after assessing risks to the campus, community and law enforcement following last weekend’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Members of the National Policy Institute, which is headed by Spencer, had contacted the university for plans to rent space on the … Read the referenced story here:…

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Texas A&M calls off planned white nationalist rally

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University late Monday called off a planned white supremacist rally on its campus next month, citing concerns of a “major security risk” following the demonstrations that turned deadly over the weekend in Virginia. The decision came amid bipartisan pressure from Texas’ Republican-controlled Legislature, where lawmakers said protecting free speech was important, but rejecting hate even more so. A former A&M student named Preston Wiginton had been organizing a “white lives matter” rally in College Station, Texas, saying he was … Read the referenced story here:…

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Virginia city rocked by white nationalist protests; 1 arrest

AP Photo/Steve Helber CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white supremacist rally in downtown Charlottesville Saturday afternoon, ratcheting up the tension in an increasingly chaotic confrontation in this usually quiet college town. It is unclear how many were injured; an Associated Press reporter saw at least one person on the ground receiving medical treatment immediately after the car careened into the line of several hundred people. Matt Korbon, a 22-year-old University of Virginia student, said … Read the referenced story here: Virginia…

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Hundreds face off ahead of white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Hundreds of people are facing off in Charlottesville ahead of a white nationalist rally planned in the Virginia city’s downtown. Rally supporters and counter-protesters screamed, chanted, threw punches, hurled water bottles and unleashed chemical sprays on each other Saturday morning. Men dressed in militia uniforms were carrying shields and openly carrying long guns. Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a “pro-white” rally to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city … Read the referenced story here:…

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