The #blackman who used an improvised #flamethrower against #whitenationalists two months ago at the violent Unite the Right rally in #Charlottesville, #Virginia has been arrested. This is the second black man to be arrested in connection to that rally in as many days.
#CoreyLong, 23, #racism advocates who claim that the police didn’t do enough to stop the violence at the August rally.
According to authorities, the disorderly conduct charge is in relation to his homemade flamethrower and the assault charge happened during a second skirmish.
On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville for a #UnitetheRight rally. It was set up to protest the city’s plan to get rid of the Confederate General #RobertELee.
A 32-year-old woman named #HeatherHeyer was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into groups of protesters. President Trump then blamed at least some of the violence on the left. “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right?’” Trump said at a Trump Tower presser. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? … You had a group on one side that was bad. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.” Long, who has been released on bond has not commented since his arrest. Instead, he has referred any questions to his lawyer #MalikZuluShabazz.
Shabazz has been described as a “racist black nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Long shared a post that Shabazz wrote on Facebook. “Getting arrested is no dishonor if you are standing up against #hatred and #injustice,” it started. “Getting shot while on the battlefield is sometimes a necessary reality if you are a true soldier operating against #enemy fire in enemy territory.” In an earlier interview with Long, he said he acted in self defense, stating that a white supremacist had shot at the ground in his general direction. #foodforthought#rbg#problack#blackisbeautiful#blackexcellence#blackgirlsrock#blackmenrock#blackwomenrock
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Crowds of protesters gathered on the #UniversityofFlorida campus in #Gainesville on Thursday as white supremacist #RichardSpencer arrived to deliver a speech on his racist views.
The event, which was taking place in the the afternoon, was #Spencer's first planned visit to a college campus since he and others participated in the "#UnitetheRight" rally in #Charlottesville, #Virginia, in August.
With an intensive police presence on campus, protesters chanted, "We don't want your #Nazi hate" and "Nazi scum off our streets." The anti-Spencer protesters, who vastly outnumbered the supporters, carried signs against fascism, #neoNazis and #whitesupremacy.
Spencer took the stage at the #PhillipsCenter at just after 2:45 p.m., and those in the venue loudly booed and chanted against him. Protesters, many of whom stood with their fists raised, chanted "Go home Spencer" and "Nazis are not welcome here." "I'm not going home, I will stand here all day if I have to," a combative Spencer told the crowd.
Still, the heckling continued through his time on stage.
University and local officials were concerned that the event could become violent, and have taken considerable steps to prevent that.
On Monday, #GovRickScott declared a state of emergency for #AlachuaCounty, where the university is located, to enable law enforcement agencies to work together more efficiently. He also made a provision for the #NationalGuard to be activated if necessary. "I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent," #Scott said in the executive order declaring the state of emergency.
The event puts the university in the middle of an ongoing debate about what constitutes protected speech and the extent of its limits. Spencer is the president of the #NationalPolicyInstitute and a leader of the #whitesupremacist movement that advocates for a white "awakening" and a white state. #SpencerAtUF#TheSavageRoom#Savage