Watching a small, violent group of white supremacists storm through Charlottesville, Virginia was a painful reminder of just how deeply entrenched racism is in America. But even in these moments of darkness, there can be triumph of the human spirit, where your fellow countrymen remind you there are good people out there after all.
As it turns out, you didn't even have to leave Charlottesville to get that reminder this weekend. Jason Kessler, the organizer for the rally in Virginia this weekend, held a press conference on Sunday afternoon, ostensibly to try to salvage whatever screwed-up purpose he thought the rally might have to begin with. And then something amazing happened—the city of Charlottesville told him collectively to get the hell out.
Giving him the Game of Thrones treatment, locals harassed Kessler with chants of "Shame!" as he approached his podium, not letting him off the hook for the death of Heather Heyer, who was murdered by a driver that aimed his car at a group of counter-protesters Saturday.
Crowd screams "shame" at Jason Kessler as he arrives. And chanting "murderer" pic.twitter.com/wCr5KdFePM— Henry Graff (@HenryGraff) August 13, 2017
Things got a lot more heated after that. With Kessler in the middle of trying to appeal to a call for free speech, onlookers swarmed him at his podium, and quite literally gave him the bum's rush out of town. For all of us who hate white supremacists, it's beyond satisfying to watch the townspeople take over his podium, then forcing him to run away with his tail between his legs.
this needs to happen again and again. Get the fuck out pic.twitter.com/tmHM4MnY6s— Duncan Donut (@C2Mhud) August 13, 2017
Jason Kessler rushed away from press conference and eventually brought to police station when his car wasn't reachable pic.twitter.com/JDG1OQ9Hxk— Brook Silva-Braga (@Brook) August 13, 2017
Seeing Kessler get treated like the garbage he was a saving grace of the weekend for many concerned Americans. It was damn near a celebration on Twitter once the video started to spread, with everyone having a laugh at his expense.
this is the greatest thing I have ever seen https://t.co/EYjwqCFsxC— Dan "TBONE" O'Sulliv (@Bro_Pair) August 13, 2017
Oh wow. From Nazi at start of WWII to Nazi at end of WWII in less than a minute https://t.co/DfF20EXlJo— Graham Linehan (@Glinner) August 13, 2017
The video of an American woman doing what Americans do - we stop Nazis! https://t.co/EAkJ60VtQH— RiotWomenn (@riotwomennn) August 13, 2017
Crazy how some people don't take too kindly to Nazi organizers. https://t.co/3mGj2GEKXs— Mister Jackpots (@SteveMcQuark) August 13, 2017
No Nazi should ever know peace https://t.co/KrDoqljtG6— ✨Vee✨ (@almostdoctorvee) August 13, 2017
May Jason Kessler's life be filled with days of looking over his shoulder in fear. pic.twitter.com/zm6YDCIc0f— All American Me🇺🇸 (@scott_towel) August 13, 2017
It's nothing close to justice for the pain, death, and suffering caused by people he organized, but it's inspiring to see the American people treat white supremacists in the way they deserved. Complacency is a gigantic detriment in the fight against bigotry, and at least one prominent member of the "alt-right" now knows people are going to make his life a living nightmare.