White nationalists who caused mayhem protesting in Charlottesville over the weekend can’t run away from the internet.
A Twitter account dubbed “Yes, You’re Racist” is exposing the white nationalists who attended the “Unite the Right” rally at Emancipation Park condemning the takedown of the Robert E. Lee statue, much like a witch hunt.
“If you recognize any of the Nazis marching in #Charlottesville, send me their names/profiles and I’ll make them famous #GoodNightAltRight,” user @YesYoureRacist tweeted to its more than 180,000 followers Saturday.
Among those identified was Peter Cvjetanovic of Reno, Nev.
Photos of the 20-year-old college student showed him holding a tiki torch among other protesters during the white supremacist gathering Friday night. The snapshots quickly spread on social media with people slamming him as a racist.
However, the white nationalist told KTVN-TV that he wasn’t a racist and didn’t expect to receive such backlash.
“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation, Cvjetanovic told the station. “But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”
Cvjetanovic, who traveled to Charlottesville to show is disapproval over the removal of the statue, also defended his white supremacist beliefs.
“As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture,” he told KTVN. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”
Cole White — another protester pictured on the account — was fired from his job at Top Dog, a restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., the company said.
“Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog. The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog,” the company told the Daily News Sunday. “We believe in individual freedom, and voluntary association for everyone.”
The “Yes, You’re Racist” page also featured shots of James Fields, the 20-year-old of Ohio who allegedly rammed his Dodge Challenger into a crowd of demonstrators, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring more than 20.
He’s been charged with second-degree murder and other crimes. The FBI and the Justice Department have opened a civil rights investigation into the case.