In the wake of the violence and repugnance of the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia last week—and the vehicular murder of a woman by a neo-Nazi connected to the event—the quest to identify and out those who marched with white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups last Friday and Saturday is in full swing.
In short order, people started sharing photos of the event on the Internet to “crowdsource” identifying members of the groups, with fairly rapid results. One marcher from Berkeley, California lost his job at a hot dog restaurant as a result of being identified, as complaints poured in from customers. Another from Fargo, North Dakota was disowned by his family. One person posted to the now-offline Daily Stormer that he would not attend future rallies, because “The thought of getting outed as ‘white supremacists’ to our employers and possibly losing our jobs is a horrifying prospect, ” as Steve Blum reported in Broadly. Many of the identifications have been coordinated through a Twitter account called Yes You’re Racist.
— Yes, You’re Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017
There have been misfires. As the New York Times reported, Kyle Quinn—an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas’ School of Engineering—was mis-identified as a marcher, resulting in a torrent of threatening social media messages.