“I know that there is no danger in our people being too hot. The danger is the other way. I will keep up the fire, if like a lost hunter in a prairie, I have to kindle it alone, with my gun flint, and watch by the blaze, rifle in hand to keep off the wolves.” – Robert Barnwell Rhett
It has been two years since Charlottesville.
I remember waking up that morning in Virginia. It was going to be an exciting day which I had been looking forward to all summer. Hundreds of people who shared our beliefs from all over the country had come to Charlottesville to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson monuments. It was going to be the biggest nationalist rally in a generation.
The weekend that we had envisioned was supposed to have been like a Woodstock for the Alt-Right. It would have garnered us a lot of publicity and as a social occasion would have given us the opportunity to meet each other in the real world and get to know each other better. The Alt-Right had planned to have a privately organized torch march at the Jefferson monument on Friday night, the Unite the Right rally on Saturday morning and a huge afterparty on Saturday evening.
In hindsight, we assumed a set of rules and conditions that were not operative that day on the ground in Charlottesville. We assumed that because there was a federal court order that allowed us to have the rally that local officials would have been cooperative and it would have gone smoothly. We assumed that because we had cooperated with law enforcement in the months before the event that it had a plan to control the crowds and allow us to peacefully exercise our First Amendment rights. It had not occurred to us that the governor of Virginia would issue a “state of emergency” to shutdown the rally and throw our event into chaos. We assumed that if the mainstream media lied about Charlottesville that the truth would come out because so many people had smartphones and were livestreaming the event.
We knew that Antifa were coming to disrupt the Unite the Right rally. We assumed this wouldn’t be a problem though. We assumed that the Charlottesville Police and Virginia State Police were going to separate the crowds like they had done at the Loyal White Knights rally in July. We assumed that the crowds would be separated in order to prevent violent clashes as had been the case at previous events like Pikeville and New Orleans or subsequent ones like Shelbyville. We assumed that anyone who got violent or took the law into their own hands would be punished for breaking the law as an individual.
This was me filming our dispersal from Lee Park with my smartphone on a selfie stick in shock that all these assumptions were completely unfounded:
I was confident that it was going to be a fun day in a park.
I was so confident of this that I had brought my wife along who I had not allowed to attend previous events in Auburn and New Orleans. I wasn’t concerned about my physical safety either. I didn’t have any weapons on me. I wasn’t wearing any kind of protective gear. I wasn’t even wearing protective eyewear that day. I was fortunate to come out of Charlottesville unscathed.
I will never forget what happened that day and neither will the hundreds of people who went to Charlottesville for the Unite the Right rally. As we were approaching Lee Park to attend the rally, we were funneled by the police down Market Street into a carefully set trap. Antifa and other counterprotesters were allowed to blockade the entrance of the park. Instead of separating the Unite the Right protesters from Antifa and clearing an entrance into the park so that anyone who wanted to attend the rally could have done so safely, the police barricaded themselves and stood by and watched as violence predictably broke out. After the first street fights began, they left the scene and returned in riot gear, declared a “state of emergency” and pushed the protesters and counterprotesters together as they cleared Lee Park. The event was thrown into chaos and groups of protesters dispersed in all directions with small groups of Antifa following them and fights breaking out as people were trying to return to their cars.
The Alt-Right’s plan in Charlottesville was to attend the Unite the Right rally, listen to some speeches and to have a big afterparty. Antifa’s plan was to disrupt and shutdown the Unite the Right rally by any means necessary. The mainstream media’s plan was to portray Donald Trump and the Alt-Right in the worst possible light. Finally, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and the Charlottesville Police Department’s plan was to allow just enough violence to take place so that a “state of emergency” could be issued and the rally could be cancelled. In the final analysis, it was the failure of the police to maintain anything resembling order that proved decisive in Charlottesville which in the Blompf era is only one of many leftwing strongholds that issue stand down orders to the police and treat Antifa with kid gloves.
I was beaten on the head & robbed on 29 June. Antifa then continued to hurl "milkshakes" at my bleeding face. I was hospitalized with a brain hemorrhage. There still hasn't been a single arrest by @PortlandPolice. Help me seek justice; join my legal fund: https://t.co/QtCt7A6zJp pic.twitter.com/sis8pFo3lf— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) August 10, 2019
Nothing was done about the problem.
Charlottesville was blamed exclusively on the Alt-Right while Antifa was exempted from any blame by the Democrats who had their backs. The Blompf Justice Department exclusively prosecuted White Nationalists for attending rallies in 2017. Afterwards, the Alt-Right abandoned street protests and college speaking events altogether due to security concerns over whether local law enforcement agencies were capable of doing their jobs in the Blompf era. The street violence is now purely one-sided and emanates exclusively from Antifa which has been allowed to run wild under Blompf. The violence in Charlottesville and all the other 2017 rallies was also caused by Antifa, but that’s not a story about race in America that their friends in the mainstream media are willing to tell.
The rules have all been changed:
- We can’t rely on federal court orders to guarantee our rights
- We can’t rely on local law enforcement agencies to exercise our right to free assembly because of stand down orders
- We can’t rely on the courts where “social justice” is infecting the legal system and only one side at these events in prosecuted while the other which engages in unbelievable amounts of highly coordinated chronic violence is almost never punished
- We can’t rely on conservatives or the Republican Party to do anything with power except to present themselves as victims while exploiting our grievances
- We can’t rely on any platform controlled by Big Tech to raise money or get our message out because we will be deplatformed and demonetized
Two years later, these lessons have all been internalized. We aren’t holding public rallies anymore because local law enforcement is such an unreliable partner and the mainstream media is too dishonest. We have largely shifted from public facing social media to private chats. We have shifted away from having any confidence whatsoever in conservatives or the Republican Party to do anything about Antifa violence or social media censorship. We have shifted away from granting interviews to the media because it is incapable of doing anything these days except pushing political narratives.
A year ago, Jason Kessler held the Unite the Right 2 rally in Washington, DC, but virtually no one showed up because of the concern that it would be another Charlottesville: another police stand down, another example of Antifa being given a free hand to engage in violence, another round of the mainstream media lying and blaming the violence exclusively on White Nationalists, another round of politically motivated arrests and witch trials, another round of witch hunting as attendees are doxed and fired from their jobs, another round of censorship from Big Tech, another round of medical bills, another round of spineless, do nothing conservatives condemning us in Congress and praising Antifa as heroes.
This is a political failure. The reason that Antifa is allowed to run wild and engage in so much violence is because the Blompf DOJ has allowed them to do so while only prosecuting people on the Right. The reason these Democratic cities are allowed to effectively become sundown towns where private militias are allowed to engage in political violence is because there is no oversight from the Blompf DOJ. The reason that there is so much censorship on social media now is because Blompf has done nothing but reward Big Tech with cheap labor, tax cuts and deregulation. In Congress, the Democrats stand up and fight for Antifa while the GOP virtue signals and condemns White Nationalists. Why did the GOP Congress never condemn Antifa violence as it spiraled out of control? It continues to do so without us.
Imagine if this were happening to black people. Let’s suppose that black people were being fired from their jobs, kicked out of hotels, having their bank accounts seized, told that it was immoral to be black and denied political representation. What if the NAACP attempted to organize a political rally in a park and it was violently disrupted by White mobs? What if all NAACP events were being attacked by White mobs which were being fomented by the mainstream media? What would we think of it?
As with the collapse of the border or the deindustrialization of the country, these trends aren’t just happening. They are being allowed to happen because there is no resistance to them. The Left pushes on an open door and the phony Right doesn’t even put a fight. It sits there and does nothing. Then every four years we go out and reelect these failures “to stop the Democrats” or to “buy us time.” Then we feel sorry for ourselves because all these bad things continue happening to us because we have no representation. All it takes is for some GOP operatives to disrupt the movement and throw some chump change to a few people and we are back on board and ready to be f***ed again.
I’m not going to go crawling back, desperate and humiliated, to reelect the people who have allowed this to happen to us and who have made things worse than they were in 2016.
I remember what happened in Charlottesville. I will not support a party which is trying to strip me of my First Amendment and Second Amendment rights. There will be a price to pay for it in 2020.