Hate groups are nothing new and neither are websites that promote their hate-filled views and give the alt-right white nationalists a platform to band together and communicate with one another. Such is the case with the now defunct “The Daily Stormer,” a site which Google rendered useless when it dropped their domain hosting.
Before being dropped, “The Daily Stormer,” with an administrator whose handle is “Weev,” ran articles defaming Heather Heyer, the young woman killed on Saturday when James Alex Fields, Jr. used a terrorist tactic by ramming his vehicle into a group of counter-protesters during the neo-Nazi rally at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Just before the site was dropped, its system administrator posted a link to an article from his site entitled “Heather Heyer, Woman Killed In Road Rage Incident, Was A Fat, Childless, 32-Year-Old Slut.” Along with that link, Weev asked “whats [sic] the location of the fat skank’s funeral…I want to get people on the ground there.”
While protesting funerals is not exactly a new phenomenon for vile hate groups – the Westboro Baptist Church beat Weev to the disgusting idea years ago – recent events in Charlottesville have given more sane Americans very good reasons to fear such protests. Heather Heyer was killed by a man who supported ideologies promoted by “The Daily Stormer” and 19 more suffered serious injuries.
Heyer’s family and friends have spoken up since her tragic death, saying that she was “a strong woman” who “spoke out against inequality and urged co-workers to be active in their community.” Heyer’s father even told reporters that he forgives her murderer and spoke of his admiration for his daughter’s principles.
‘My daughter was a strong woman who had passionate opinions about the equality of everyone and she tried to stand up for that. And for her it wasn’t lip service, it was real. It was something that she wanted to share with everyone…And my thoughts with all of this stuff is that people need to stop hating and they need to forgive each other. I include myself in that forgiving the guy that did this. He don’t know no better. I just think about what the Lord said on the cross. Lord, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing.’
Heather Heyer’s family and friends deserve better than the senseless hatred and violence directed toward her, just as every American deserve to be free of the violence and hate that has been emboldened by a president who took two full days to denounce them after the terrorist attack on Saturday.
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