The alt-right, which has become the new code word for Nazis in the United States, are marching on the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville on Saturday after a preemptive march on Friday night. Chanting the Nazi propaganda phrase “blood and soil,” as well as “white lives matter,” and “Jews will not replace us,” hundreds of mostly white men marched with lit torches to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue on the college campus.
A black female pastor, Reverend Traci Blackmon, was speaking live to Joy Reid from the campus of University of Virginia on MSNBC’s Morning Joy when some of her fellow pastors came under attack by the mob. In the middle of speaking to Reid, Rev. Blackmon suddenly cried out “Gotta go! Gotta go!” and disappeared from the screen.
Joy Reid could only look on in horror while saying, “Oh, my goodness!”
‘I don’t know what is happening here, I don’t know what just happen there with our guest but we’re going to try to find out what happened. And she was standing at the location where it looks like now violence has broken out among the crowd and for those who are unfamiliar with what’s going on today in Charlottesville. We want to make sure our producers check on Reverend Blackmon and make sure she’s okay, if somebody could please text her.’
As clashes broke out between protesters and counter-protesters, one arrest of an alt-right protester and several injuries were reported.
Reid was later able to speak with Blackmon to confirm that she was not injured, but said that police were requesting the black pastors leave the area for their own safety.
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