A year after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., white nationalist groups are treading cautiously into the anniversary weekend.
The violence in Charlottesville sparked damaging lawsuits against the organizers and a crackdown from tech companies that’s complicated recruitment and fundraising efforts, splintering the movement just as it’s trying to show solidarity heading into Sunday’s “Unite the Right 2” demonstration in Washington.
Jason Kessler, a lead organizer of both events, is discouraging participation by the more hard-core elements of the white supremacist movement, and some are happy to sit this one out.
“These post-Charlottesville marches have no purpose, other than to make anyone who supports white self-determination look like a fringe lunatic,” Andrew Anglin, publisher of the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi website, wrote this month in a blog post disavowing Sunday’s rally. “We do not want the image of being a bunch of weird losers who march around like assholes while completely outnumbered and get mocked by the entire planet.”