The far right is learning to mobilise and radicalise. Charlottesville is a wake-up call - 2017-08-14
The vehicle attack that left a civil rights activist dead and 19 others injured on Saturday was the product of continuous incitement to violence across extreme rightwing echo chambers. After police announced the disbanding of the far-right protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, the live stream chat room of the "alt-right" writer Baked Alaska was flooded with calls to kill Jews, black people and counter-protesters. And members of the anti-communist channel in the chat application Discord vowed to push back harder "until the enemy is completely defeated".
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Shortly after the incident one user of the message board 4Chan wrote of the killer: "Whoever he is, he is a hero. I salute him." Others expressed regret that the car had not been bigger, reflecting a climate of denial, justification and belittlement around the vehicle attack – mirrored in the White House's muted response.