One of the white nationalists photographed carrying a torch in the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville claims he is not “an angry racist.”
Twenty-year-old Peter Cvjetanovic, a history and political science major at the University of Nevada, had his identity outed by the Twitter account @yesyoureracist after photos of him went viral.
“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation,” Cvjetanovic said in an interview with Channel 2 News, “But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”
He complained that has received “graphic and violent” death threats.
“I will defend tooth and nail my views as a white nationalist,” Cvjetanovic told USA Today. “I love my culture and will fight for it, but never in a violent way.”
He defended the beliefs of white supremacists.
“As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”
However, the Southern Poverty Law Center defines white supremacy having ideals that "focus on the alleged inferiority of non-whites,” according to Yahoo.
Three people died during the white nationalist rally, including 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who was protesting against the white supremacists when one of them mowed his car into a crowd of counter protesters at high speed.
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