After Virginia Riot, Internet Plays “Name That Racist”

Published August 15, 2017
Updated December 1, 2017
Published August 15, 2017
Updated December 1, 2017

After being identified, one guy got fired from his job at a hot dog restaurant.

White Supremacy Rally

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesAnybody recognize this man making a slashing motion across his throat toward counter-protesters as he marches with other white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” during the “Unite the Right” rally?

In the United States, we have free speech. You can say whatever ignorant, hateful, racist things you want and no one can put you in jail. This is a good policy, and important to keep around.

Buuuut…there is absolutely nothing in the Constitution that says there can’t be other consequences for waving tiki torches around, pulling a Nazi salute, and suggesting that your pigmentation somehow makes you better than anyone else.

So, where law enforcement can’t take action against the assholes who were promoting white supremacy and neo-Nazi values at the “Unite the Right” protest in Virginia over the weekend — the Internet can.

A campaign to name and call out — on a huge Internet-wide level — the people marching in Charlottesville has gone viral over the last few days. Here’s how it works:

The Twitter handle “Yes, You’re A Racist,” posts photos from the rally and asks the tireless and ceaselessly bored Internet masses to find out who the people are. A task, it turns out, they’re very good at.

The first guy identified by the platform was Cole White. He worked at a hotdog restaurant in Berkeley, California.

Within days, he had been fired.

The kid seen here, clearly very upset about how hard it is to be a white guy in America, is Peter Cvjetanovic. He’s a student at the University of Nevada.

Since his name was revealed, more than 24,000 signatures have been collected on a petition to get him expelled.

Despite the backlash, Cvjetanovic is sticking to his guns.

“I have received death threats,” he told the Reno Gazette-Journal after his name got out, but said he would still “defend tooth and nail my views as a white nationalist.”

“I came to this march with the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture,” he told KTVN News, as if European culture is or ever has been threatened.

University of Nevada President, Marc Johnson, said that the school does not stand by Cvhetanovic’s views, but “based on discussion and investigation with law enforcement, our attorneys and our Office of Student Conduct, there is no constitutional or legal reason to expel him from our University or to terminate his employment.”

Of course, like any online campaign, there have been some issues. “You’re A Racist” supporters have gone rogue and accused innocent people of being Nazi’s because they vaguely look like the individuals in the photo.

The account itself, though, seems to be pretty diligent. Carefully fact-checking photos before making rash judgement calls (in the two instances where it has made a mistake, it has corrected it quickly and apologized).

They still have a lot of racists to unveil:

— Yes, You’re Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 13, 2017

And a few celebrities have even joined in on the cause.


Donald Trump, meanwhile, posted a photo of a train (labeled the “Trump Train”) running over a person (labeled CNN) just days after a young woman was run over by a car at a white supremacy rally full of “Make America Great Again” hats.

Which just goes to show that even when you know exactly who the insensitive jerks are promoting violence, hateful propaganda and discrimination — they sometimes still get to keep their jobs.

Next, read about that time Donald Trump’s dad was arrested at a KKK rally. Then, learn how skinheads transformed from an inclusive youth movement into a racist hate group. Finally, read all about the feared prison gang known as the Aryan Brotherhood.