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Some of the greatest responses to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville over the weekend were from members of the LGBTQ community and our allies.
Violence erupted Friday night at the University of Virginia where Neo-Nazi demonstrators and counter protesters clashed, causing the city of Charlottesville to declare a state of emergency on Saturday. Chants of “You will not replace us!” and “Blood and soil!” filled the air. “Fuck you faggots” was also one of their chants as well, as video here shows.
Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer called the demonstration a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism and intolerance.”
He added: “Everyone has a right under the First Amendment to express their opinion peaceably, so here’s mine: Not only as the Mayor of Charlottesville, but as a UVA faculty member and alumnus, I am beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.”
Many people were especially stunned not only by the heartbreaking violence that left one woman dead, but also appalled at President Donald Trump’s response to the tragic series of events.
During a press conference, Trump said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.” Many people scrutinized Trump’s inability to denounce the white supremacist and Neo-Nazi groups that incited the violence.
Hillary Clinton responded to the horrific violence, saying: “My heart is in Charlottesville today, and with everyone made to feel unsafe in their country. But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets.
She continued, “Now is the time for leaders to be strong in their words and deliberate in their actions. We will not step backward. If this is not who we are as Americans, let’s prove it.”
Here are 28 queer Twitter responses to the white supremacist violence you need to see:
funny, haven't seen any white people telling these Charlottesville protesters to get a job ? ? ?
— Mathew Rodriguez (@mathewrodriguez) August 12, 2017
Time to “blow the lid” on the human psyche and call out the subconscious reasons we do the things we do. #Charlottesviille
— RuPaul (@RuPaul) August 13, 2017
White people wanting to preserve their whiteness by using Polynesian fire sticks to scare people can be described with this emoji: ?
— jujubee (@jujuboston) August 13, 2017
"how do you look terror in the face and still muster the courage to love" pic.twitter.com/zMREqKPWzL
— Jenna //\ Wortham (@jennydeluxe) August 12, 2017
Can we ctrl alt white delete?
— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) August 12, 2017
To any neo-nazis chanting "Fuck you, faggot!" today in #Chalottesville, should you ever encounter me in person, it's MISTER faggot to you.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 13, 2017
When terrorists abroad plow cars into crowds Trump condemns "radical Islam." But when it happens here, he talks of violence "on many sides."
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2017
If black folks were carrying torches on a college campus right now the administration would've already called the National Guard.
— deray mckesson (@deray) August 12, 2017
— xoxo, Gaga (@ladygaga) August 12, 2017
Whats happening at UVA is making me unbelievably sad-and I'm not even a great person! Fuck Trump & fuck these racists & their awful parents!
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 12, 2017
this Nazi fucker who has been identified in photos from the racist march made this image from a video of one of my BK sisters. do ur thing. pic.twitter.com/6QChH5f5xP
— BIBLEGIRL (@BibleGirl666) August 13, 2017
when you write off Charlottesville as just a fringe act, you prioritize your comfort over the people for whom racism is a daily reality
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) August 12, 2017
I swear "well meaning" white folks want everything served on a platter. Put in some elbow grease into anti-racism work. Poc are tired.
— Queer Xicano Chisme (@QueerXiChisme) August 13, 2017
"I don't like to watch the news it's depressing" is NO longer an acceptable phrase. Get woke or you are part of the problem.
— Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) August 13, 2017
This is not free speech, it's not a "protest"…it's white racist violence, the ugliest side of America, escalating because of this regime.
— Sasha Velour (@sasha_velour) August 12, 2017
Hey, you see that person you know who is comparing BLM to Nazis? You should probably delete them from your life.
— The Gay Burn Book (@SouthernHomo) August 13, 2017
So basically the police can't be bothered by torch wielding violent nazis but driving while Black/Brown and fear for your life and freedom.
— Wilson Cruz (@wcruz73) August 12, 2017
Stop demanding marginalized folks try to find 'common ground' or 'compromise' with people who don't think they have a right to exist.
— Calvin (@calvinstowell) August 12, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) August 12, 2017
It's all related. Same with hate crimes and murders of LGBTQ people, especially trans women of color. https://t.co/Rhy9BhBjFl
— Phillip Picardi (@pfpicardi) August 12, 2017
i have NEVER seen this great nation more divided than it is now. @realDonaldTrump THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT. YOU NEED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) August 12, 2017
comparative studies pic.twitter.com/NEwUESWrQn
— solange knowles (@solangeknowles) August 12, 2017
Wonderful new ad campaign: "Virginia is for Nazis." pic.twitter.com/e6U96XZFkc
— michael musto (@mikeymusto) August 13, 2017
Is this America now? We cannot let this stand. #Charlottesville
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 12, 2017
If you're not outraged , you're not paying attention….. sending love to all and healing to those injured ! pic.twitter.com/sufaqV7r2G
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) August 13, 2017
this is america in 2017. but i will unapologetically exist exactly as i am, regardless of how much shame these bigots wish i felt. https://t.co/GUI0C4w2jF
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) August 13, 2017
me, bleeding out from a gunshot wound: help
white liberal: help has arrived! 🙂 *leans into bullet hole, whispers* love wins
— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) August 13, 2017
The President of the United States refuses to condem white supremacy and Nazism. We are so fucked.
— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) August 12, 2017
It's time to storm the castle.
— Justin Sayre (@JustinSayreCHM) August 12, 2017