Where to punch Nazis in October
White nationalists tried repeatedly in September to stage sequels to the deadly display of racism at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, but university and local government officials banned the events, citing safety concerns. Unfortunately, in the wake of Richard Spencer’s tiki torch redux on Saturday, neo-Nazis are again planning to publicly demonstrate in support of a white ethno-state. Here’s where you can punch them in the face.
Gainesville, Florida – October 19
Spencer, the poorly dressed founder of a white supremacist think tank, will speak at 2:30 p.m. at the Phillips Center on University of Florida’s campus. The university’s president denied Spencer’s request to rent space on campus in September due to “serious concerns” about safety, but gave in after Spencer’s lawyer threatened to sue. (He sued Michigan State in September for the same reason.) UF expects security-related costs to exceed $500,000 for the event, which has been criticized by the president of the black student union and the head of the faculty senate. Spencer has said his speech “is going to be exciting.”
Murfreesboro, Tennessee – October 28
Organizers for the Nationalist Front, a coalition of hate groups that want an “ethno-state for White people in North America,” have applied for permits to host a “White Lives Matter” rally on the Rutherford County Courthouse lawn in Murfreesboro. Event announcements describe the rally as a response to a September church shooting in Antioch that killed one person, allegedly carried out by a Christian Sudanese immigrant. A member of the League of South, one group in the Nationalist Front, told a local newspaper that they’re also protesting the “demographic transformation of Middle Tennessee.”
Shelbyville, Tennessee – October 28
Nationalist Front members also plan to demonstrate on sidewalks in Shelbyville between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the same day. The League of South describes the event as a “service for the region which has been deluged [by] refugees and immigrants.” Confederate flags are encouraged, but swastikas are banned because organizers believe the “optics” would be a “distraction.” Slated speakers include Matthew Heimbach, co-founder of the Traditionalist Worker Party that advocates for “racially homogenous communities and nations,” and Dillon Hopper, a member of the Vanguard America militia.
If need be, this post will be updated with more opportunities to punch Nazis.