Not on Mike Signer’s watch. The steadfast Mayor from Charlottesville, Va.said “we reject this intimidation” pointing out the resemblance between the current torch-lit rally adding “intolerance is not welcome here.”
Signer who once declared the city he leads and presides over as a “Capital of Resistance” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election and racist campaign rhetoric has now condemned the torch-lit rally of protestors that were upset because of the city’s removal of confederate monuments. Signer also said, "This event involving torches at night in Lee Park was either profoundly ignorant or was designed to instill fear in our minority populations in a way that harkens back to the days of the KKK."
The archaic rally was led by Richard Spencer the front piece of the “alt-right” movement. At a rally earlier that day, he said “We will not be replaced from this world.Whites have a future.We have a future of power, of beauty, of expression."
Many cities across the southern US have been debating the removal of Confederate symbols since a 2015 massacre at a black church in South Carolina by a self-avowed white supremacist gunman. The issue has, of course, entered into the Virginia governor's election, with Republican candidate Corey Stewart vowing not to remove any Confederate memorials if he is elected.
I woke up today and my calendar said May 15th, 2017, but apparently, that was just a dream.