White Supremacist Violence
White Supremacist Violence

Queer Twitter Got Perfectly Poignant About White Supremacist Violence in Charlottesville

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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.”

We also reported that the Twitter account @You’reSoRacist posted a number of riot photos. The photos appeared with a call for followers to identify people marching on the Neo-Nazi side.

Here are 28 queer Twitter responses to the white supremacist violence you need to see: