This photo of Peter Cvjetanovic, a self-described white nationalist who attended a rally of other white nationalists which one protester died at, has gone viral over the weekend.
Peter Cvjetanovic has since released a statement telling us it was all a big misunderstanding:
“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was. I understand the photo has a very negative connotation. But I hope that the people sharing the photo are willing to listen that I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”
Cvjetanovic claims that he was at the march to protect “white European culture” and that he was at the march to honour Robert E. Lee:
“Robert E Lee [a top general for Confederate forces during the American Civil War] is a great example of that. He wasn’t a perfect man, but I want to honour and respect what he stood for during his time.”
See, nothing to fear here! Peter Cvjetanovic is just a history buff with a predilection for white European culture.
Despite the fact that the United States is 72.4% white, Peter Cvjetanovic is merely concerned about the erosion of the kind of traditional values that lead people to venerate Confederate leaders and drive cars into groups of protesters.
Enough with the backpedaling, Peter Cvjetanovic. If Peter Cvjetanovic is happy to go to a march in an overwhelmingly Democratic area with a bunch of self-described fascists, wave your Tiki Torches and shout your slogans, he needs to own the consequences of that.
The right is really big on the importance of personal responsibility for others, until they’re personally responsible for something.
The right is really big on condemning people on the left for “sharing a platform with contentious figures,” until they are photographed at rallies for fascists.
Peter Cvjetanovic was photographed at a rally of angry racists, and I don’t care why he thinks was there. Peter Cvjetanovic was helping contribute to the climate of fear and intimidation in Charlottesville, and he needs to own that.
If he’s happy to associate with people that write things like this, he needs to own that too:
There are plenty of ways to show support for “European culture” if you want to. Write a letter, write a thinkpiece, hell, you can even visit Europe.
But when you’re photographed looking like an angry Nazi at a rally of angry Nazis, don’t complain when the photograph goes viral and your career is ruined.