Some of the Charlottesville, Virginia, white supremacist marchers are being identified by employers and families, which is resulting in job loss and family banishment.
Ryan Roy, a cook at the Pizzeria Uno in South Burlington, Vermont, was fired after activists identified him.
“Ryan Roy has been terminated,” Skip Weldon, chief marketing officer for Pizzeria Uno, told the Burlington Free Press. “We are committed to the fair treatment of all people and the safety of our guests and employees at our restaurants.”
In St. Louis, Missouri, KMOV reports that graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School urged their former school to repudiate Clark Canepa who was filmed marching with a torch and chanting Nazi slogans.
Jacob Scott described his uncle, white supremacist Pete Tefft, who has been kicked out of Scott’s family in North Dakota, on CNN:
He says that he doesn’t believe that there’s any objective way to measure one race against another but what he told me in private is that black people have inherently lower I.Q. than white people. So, if he says he doesn’t believe white people are superior, he’s lying…
We knew he was like a men’s rights activist, but around two years ago at a family gathering he started ranting about the Jews. And he went outside with me and said ‘do you identify as a white nationalist?’ And he’s like “Yeah, I’m a fascist.” Before I could say anything else, he said ‘the good kind,’ by which he means an efficient one.
I feel that as a society we need to be talking about this phenomenon of like white — young white asocial men who are going into these internet spaces and becoming radicalized, often without the family’s knowledge. We see the explosion of these groups among these young white men and it’s tearing families apart. It bears frankly a scary resemblance to the recruiting tactics of terrorists groups like ISIL..
I think his motivation is frankly, to try not to drive off the people who have given him their most ardent and support over the years. When my uncle Peter showed up to that family gathering ranting about the Jews, he showed up wearing a ‘Make America Great Again’ hat. There’s definitely a connection there.
Pearce Tefft denounced his son Peter is an open letter in Fargo, North Dakota’s InfoForum.com:
Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.
His hateful opinions are bringing hateful rhetoric to his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his parents. Why must we be guilty by association? Again, none of his beliefs were learned at home. We do not, never have, and never will, accept his twisted worldview.