Twitter isn’t just Donald Trump’s digital burn book of choice. In the wake of this weekend’s white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, VA, social media has served as a de facto speaker’s corner where one can express outrage, share news, and organize support for counterprotestors. Some accounts are naming and shaming the alt-right protestors involved in the Unite the Right marches; others are taking a critical deep dive into the claims the torch-wielding, slogan-spouting groups of predominantly white men are making.
Writer Julius Goat falls in the latter category. On Friday night, white nationalists swarmed the University of Virginia campus, chanting “You/Jew will not replace us” as they protested the planned removal of Confederacy memorials, including a monument in honor of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.
“I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture,” protester Peter Cvjetanovic told local news affiliate KTVN. “It is not perfect; there are flaws to it, of course. However, I do believe that the replacement of the statue will be the slow replacement of white heritage within the United States and the people who fought and defended and built their homeland. Robert E. Lee is a great example of that. He wasn’t a perfect man, but I want to honor and respect what he stood for during his time.”
Goat, however, easily dismantled this so-called threat of white oppression in a lengthy Twitter thread that currently boasts nearly a quarter of a million retweets and more than 400,000 likes.
“Imagine if these people ever faced actual oppression,” Goat tweeted alongside a news photo of white male protesters at the UVA rally. He went on to compare the plight of the straight white cisgender males to the discrimination facing …read more