Watch this @vicenews @hbo special on Charlottsville. Donald Trump ran a campaign fueling this hatred and emboldening extremists (such as the white supremacists responsible for the terrorism in Charlottesville this weekend), while fueling the defensiveness of truly vulnerable groups. All of this served to drive the wedge deeper. Those who voted for Trump, voted for hate; played games with their votes in not voting for the "just as evil Clinton", voted for hate. As vile as this is, none of it is surprising. What did you think would happen? The only silver lining - if we can call it that - is that this hate is out in the open as it otherwise would not be. It has existed across America for some time, lurking in the shadows, and is absolutely nothing new. Just earlier, it was reported that a Marine veteran was among the supremacists. AS IF that's a revelation! Not the values I served in the Corps to defend, but sadly came to this realization hearing President Obama called a "monkey"/"nig--r" by many Marines and servicemembers I encountered on a daily basis. Obama needed a ridiculous amount of security to come onto the base, for fear Marines would kill him FOR BEING BLACK. It goes without saying that Dillon Irizarry (Dillon Ulysses Hopper) of Vanguard America is a coward and leader not of a political organization but an extremist cult, and is far from being a U.S. Marine. Now would be a great time to see some leadership in addressing it head-on. Instead, 45 decides to condone the white supremacists' behavior by stating that "they had permits". America might just have been woken up. #fucktrump #notmypresident #donaldtrump #nationaldisgrace #nationalembarassment #charlottesville #resist #thisisnotus #callingouthate #vanguardamerica #dillonirizarry #fightforthevulnerable #spreadlove #marinecorps #SemperFi #vice #vicenews #hbo (photo credit: @vicenews @vice)
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National Vanguard is an American white nationalist organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia, founded in 2005 by Kevin Alfred Strom and former members of the National Alliance. In January 2007 Strom was arrested by the FBI and Federal Marshals for child pornography related charges. In 2008 he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. Vanguard America (VA) is also a white supremacist group. They oppose multiculturalism and believe that America is an exclusively white nation. Using a right-wing nationalist slogan, Blood and Soil, VA romanticizes the notion that people with “white blood” have a special bond with “American soil.” This philosophy first originated in Germany (as Blut und Boden) and was later popularized by Hitler’s regime. In the same vein, VA uses “For Race and Nation” as a variant slogan. Following this theme, VA maintains that America “is to be a nation exclusively for the White American peoples who out of the barren hills, empty plains, and vast mountains forged the most powerful nation to ever have existed.” Dillon Irizarry, a military veteran from New Mexico, has been leading the group since early 2016. There are small, active VA chapters in Arizona, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington. The standard uniform for members consists of khaki pants and a white polo. Vanguard America is active online, particularly on Twitter, but is best known for posting white supremacist fliers at universities across the country throughout the 2016-17 school year. They are believed to be involved in the riots in Charlottesville that began August 2017. In addition to distributing racist and anti-Semitic flyers, Vanguard America has directly targeted minority populations with hateful propaganda. #nationalvanguard #kevinstorm #nationalalliance #vanguardamerica #whitesupremacy #bloodandsoil #allwhiteamerica #charlottesville #virginia #khakipants #whitepolo #hitler #dillonirizarry #wakeup #staywoke #wewontforget #notsolongago #nsla #altright
3 days ago