On Friday night, a band of cowardly racists marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. And while people on Twitter are rightfully condemning the hate rally (and making fun of its obviously mass-purchased tiki torches) they’re also applauding the brave student counter-protesters who stood their ground.
Per a local NBC affiliate, counter-protesters clashed with the white supremacists when the march approached a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Some marchers even used their tiki torches as weapons. Police, however, did not arrive at the scene until the altercation was almost over.
Now, the internet is thanking the students for their bravery — particularly since they were outnumbered, unprotected, and surrounded by a large group of Nazis. “In this time of blustery BS,” wrote one Twitter user, “there’s a lot of confusion about what it means to be ‘brave’ or ‘tough.’
“For clarification, look at these people.”
Brave kids. Freakin proud of them.
— Melinda Byerley (@MJB_SF) August 12, 2017
So proud of them for taking a stand. I pray they are safe.
— Rosa Rohr (@rosa_rohr) August 12, 2017
True bravery in the face of such pathetic racism.
— Benjamin Johnson (@DeceptiKHAAAAAN) August 12, 2017
Future Leaders. Stand for me and I’ll stand with you
— JayBezz (@JayBezzOfficial) August 12, 2017
In this time of blustery BS, there’s a lot of confusion about what it means to be brave or “tough.” For clarification, look at these people.
— LaceFace (@Disgrace_Face) August 12, 2017
The march Friday functioned as a precursor to Saturday’s planned Unite the Right March at Emancipation Park. At the time of writing, counter-protesters were also organizing for that event.