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Palast writes: "Don't look away. Four white neo-Nazis are beating a Black man, crawling on the ground, with their metal poles and a yellow hunk of lumber. The beating continues - there's blood on the pavement."

Four neo-Nazis beat black school teacher De'Andre 
Harris with iron bars and lumber. (photo: Zach D Roberts)
Four neo-Nazis beat black school teacher De'Andre Harris with iron bars and lumber. (photo: Zach D Roberts)


Charlottesville: A Gun in His Face, but He Got the Photo

By Greg Palast, Greg Palast's Website

15 August 17

 

on’t look away. Four white neo-Nazis are beating a Black man, crawling on the ground, with their metal poles and a yellow hunk of lumber. The beating continues — there’s blood on the pavement.

Our photographer, Zach D. Roberts, continues to shoot — even as a white militant raises a 9mm pistol to his face.


(photo: Zach D Roberts)

Zach got a shot of the gun and gunman, too. Luckily, the gunman didn’t shoot back.

One photo has gone viral internationally. These others we bring you here because they must be seen. Including, for the first time, the gunman.

Welcome to Charlottesville, USA. Trump’s America, month eight.

The young victim is De’Andre Harris, a special education teacher in Charlottesville.

According to the President, the violence was perpetrated on “many sides.”  The only sides I see are the beaters and the beaten; De’Andre on the ground with the alt-Right storm troopers with weapons.

Zach D. Roberts is an investigative photojournalist who has been with the Palast Investigations team for eleven years.

Here is Zach’s report:

De’Andre Harris, the school teacher, was walking down the street with friends, trading taunts with the white supremacist demonstrators.

Harris’ jibes were hardly fighting words. “Go home!  Leave town!” Locals like Harris resented the jack-ass invasion.

That’s when fists flew and Harris was slammed by one of the white guys straight into a parking lot barrier so hard the yellow wooden arm broke.

De’Andre fell to the ground, alone, surrounded by all these white guys — and they started beating him with the poles that almost all the white supremacists were carrying.

In the photos, you can see one white guy picking up the yellow barrier arm and raising the three foot hunk of lumber high over his head before he brings it down on De’Andre — who is being kicked by another white man’s boots while two others bring down metal rods on the prone man.

And no, that’s not a cop on the left in the photo — that’s a neo-Nazi in full riot gear.  (Where were the cops? Good question:  this parking garage is next to the Charlottesville Police Station.)

De’Andre was saved when some gutsy young Black men — with no weapons — ran into the underground garage, which promted the white posse to scatter.

Except for one. The gunman.

He pulled out what looks to be a 9mm pistol, maybe a Glock semi-automatic, and positioned himself to fire on the rescue squad. But then he heard the click of Zach’s camera, just three feet away, and realized he was getting photographed.

Simultaneously, Zach realized he’d left his bullet-proof vest in his car. (I’ll have that discussion with him later.)

In this strange stand-off, the camera proved mightier than the bullet. In his tiny little brain, the would-be shooter figured it would be wiser to quickly conceal the weapon and flee.

De’Andre “ran into the garage’s staircase and collapsed bleeding profusely from the face.” Zach waited with him and his protectors for half an hour but no ambulance arrived for him or the other people who were injured.

So, that’s the news from Trump’s USA. Nazis marching in the street, nuclear war with Korea, the “military option” for Venezuela. And it’s only Monday.

I was going to write about Korea, then Venezuela, but then the Armed Alt-Righteous exposed themselves to Zach’s lens.



White militant with 9mm, then aimed at rescuers. (photo: Zach D Roberts)

The Virginia story is not over. We will be going back to Virginia on September 9, to the capital, Richmond, to fight for the right for Black folk to arm themselves with the one weapon these white punks fear most: the vote.

Between snapping photos of America gone mad, Zach has been working these past four years with me on a story of how Trump’s henchman, one Kris Kobach, now head of Trump’s so-called, “Election Integrity Commission,” conceived of a secretive program to remove hundreds of thousands of Black Americans from the voter rolls.

Virginia removed an astonishing 41,637 voters based on Kobach’s accusation they could have voted twice. Not one of the accused was arrested — but, you won’t be surprised to hear, the list of the “scrubbed” was filled with African-American names. And Virginia is removing tens of thousands more with this Jim Crow tactic — despite a nominally Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia refused us their “scrub” lists. But Zach Roberts, by stellar investigative work, obtained a copy — half a million names in all — much to the state’s dismay. And those lists are every bit as obscenely racist and, in the long run, far more wounding, than the iron rods of the neo-Nazis.

So, thank you, Zach, for the photos that bear witness and inside documents that reveal their secret schemes.

For the rest of us, our job is simpler: not to look away.


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+120 # PeacefulGarden 2017-08-15 12:39
I will repeat this over and over again, until someone listens:

What municipal authority (individual or individuals) allowed armed thugs to have a party on public property? Would a journalist please investigate what elected official actually signed off on the slaughter? It is there, them, those fuckers that need to go to jail for a long freaking time!
 
 
+106 # opinionaire 2017-08-15 13:28
I, like others, participated in a number of PEACEFUL protests (Women's March, Tax Day, Support for Science, etc.) and we were not permitted even to have thin wooden handles on our signs. What gives? These thugs came armed with guns, staffs, flag poles (!), and dressed for war, with helmets, bullet proof vests, and shields. The police may have felt out-gunned--who wouldn't?--but they were not as vulnerable as the citizens they were supposed to protect.
 
 
+20 # economagic 2017-08-15 14:43
According to historian Nancy Maclean's recent book, "Democracy in Chains," a significant part of the coup that is continuing to unfold in this country today began in Charlottesville at Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia in 1956 when James M. Buchanan, the recently hired head of the Economics department, proposed to Colgate Darden, Jr., then president of UVA, the creation of a new center to rewrite a good share of conventional economic dogma, bad as it already was, to further ensconce the right to own property (of any kind) as the fundamental human right, and in the process to justify ignoring the recently passed "Brown v Board of Education" ruling by the Supreme Court that mandated the end of racial segregation in public schools.
 
 
+28 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-08-15 17:42
opinion -- yes, that has been my experience. I think police in many cities actually support the hard right wingers and respect their right to carry guns all over. From what I've heard, the C'ville cops just stayed back and out of the way. The nazis, KKK, and hard right wingers were looking for a fight. I'm just amazed they did not shoot anyone.
 
 
+14 # warrior woman 2017-08-16 08:59
At our women's march, we couldn't have umbrellas!
 
 
-31 # Old School Conservative 2017-08-15 17:25
Open carry is legal there.
 
 
+29 # WYThomas 2017-08-15 22:50
Quoting Old School Conservative:
Open carry is legal there.


Assault and battery is not, nor is threatening someone with a deadly weapon.
 
 
+13 # bread and butter 2017-08-16 13:46
This is open carry terrorism. Are you ok with open carry ISIS too?
 
 
+11 # SusanT136 2017-08-16 15:51
Quoting Old School Conservative:
Open carry is legal there.


Open carry may be legal, but the city/state has the right to specify conditions for giving a permit for a rally, yes? Umbrellas are legal everywhere, yet they were prohibited at the Women's March. Why did no one have the foresight to specify any conditions i.e. at LEAST no firearms, no weapons? The city was concerned enough about violence to try to move the rally to a site away from the center of the city.

You can't even go to an outdoor concert with a cooler, for crying out loud.

After Friday night's scuffles and attacks, why didn't the city cancel the rally? Why weren't the police on top of this, instead of holding back and letting citizens slug it out in the streets?

Lots of unanswered questions here.
 
 
+3 # SHK 2017-08-18 15:48
SO many excuses, Old School Conservative! You are a racist or you wouldn't be an apologist for other racists. Racism is a crime against humanity and a criticism of God the Creator who made us all. You okay with that? In Sunday School we sang "Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world." And that was in Kentucky. What exactly are you conserving? Do you think God made a mistake when he created our differences? Are we all to be cookie-cutter look-alikes? How boring that would be! You are disgusting. I wonder what you are conserving. Your own feeling of superiority? Don't you have ANYTHING you've done or thought or felt that is enough to make you feel important without putting down an entire race to compensate? I pity you. I'll take on the task of praying for your soul and for your eyes and mind to be opened. Try going to a new school.
 
 
+2 # JSRaleigh 2017-08-18 11:04
Quoting PeacefulGarden:
What municipal authority (individual or individuals) allowed armed thugs to have a party on public property? Would a journalist please investigate what elected official actually signed off on the slaughter? It is there, them, those fuckers that need to go to jail for a long freaking time!


Charlottesville 's Mayor & City Manager attempted to deny a permit for the protest, but were forced by the courts to issue it.

The white supremacists started gathering and beating people up hours before the scheduled start of their rally. Based on the violence, the Governor of Virginia declared a state of emergency and Charlottesville Police declared the protest to be an unlawful assembly minutes after the rally started.

It's clear that the white supremacists, neo-nazis and KKK are intent on using their "second amendment" rights to intimidate dissenting voices and deny others their First Amendment rights.
 
 
+77 # Carol R 2017-08-15 13:28
I just learned a few days ago that 700,000 people in NW Indiana were taken off voter registration lists and weren't notified. A friend of mine knows someone who went to vote and found he/she? couldn't.

Whatever happened to the belief that voting is a right of every American? That includes Latinos, African-America n, Asian and transgender.

It is extremely sad that tRump is causing the explosion of hatred and racism in this country. The Republicans are going along with the voter fraud argument because those being purged are most likely to vote Democratic. This says something about Republican ethics and morals. They have neither.
 
 
+38 # Blackjack 2017-08-15 13:32
"nominally Democratic Governor, Terry McAuliffe." So, true; and therein lies part of the problem in Charlottesville !
 
 
-132 # babaregi 2017-08-15 13:46
You leftists pretend the violence is only coming from the Right to perpetuate your narrative. Keep doing that and watch the violence increase and visit a neighborhood near you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zCG-KPWfQ
 
 
+33 # economagic 2017-08-15 17:09
What planet are you from, and why is a writer for Breitbart to be taken seriously except as a provocateur of oppression, often with violence?
 
 
+27 # Michaeljohn 2017-08-15 17:39
Quoting babaregi:
You leftists pretend the violence is only coming from the Right to perpetuate your narrative. Keep doing that and watch the violence increase and visit a neighborhood near you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zCG-KPWfQ


Hey, how about some real examples here; like gun toting lefties and progressives arQuoting babaregi:
You leftists pretend the violence is only coming from the Right to perpetuate your narrative. Keep doing that and watch the violence increase and visit a neighborhood near you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67zCG-KPWfQ

Wait, wait .. your referencing a conservative commentator here? Where are the weapons of the 'so called antifa'... I don't see counterproteste rs with shields or the sidearms and metal poles, etc of the neo-nazis who beat the crap out of the special ed teacher. Try to be a little honest here; the organizers of this rally were looking for trouble. The KKK march through the university campus Saturday night was pure threat 'don't forget who we are and what we have done'. Freedom of speech is not freedom to incite.
Statements like 'Keep doing that and watch the violence increase and visit a neighborhood near you.' sounds a bit like a threat ?
Get real.
 
 
+44 # bread and butter 2017-08-15 18:13
When one side resorts to TERRORISM, anyone suggesting "both sides" are responsible is a TERRORIST SYMPATHIZER.

Do you Republicans think "both sides" were responsible for September 11?
 
 
+14 # chrisconno 2017-08-15 19:40
So are you threatening those that tell the truth about who is perpetuating violence? Are you threatening with violence?
 
 
+45 # Working Class 2017-08-15 13:46
PeacfulGarden - You are absolutely right, but alas none of the civic "leaders" will go to jail. But identifying them and starting a door to door campaign to recall them if they hold office might get their attention, and serve notice on other cities who might entertain allowing this cancer to spread. Maybe having their pictures taped to every tree and light pole in their town telling the citizens that they made this horrible event possible would be a good move as well. Give them no quarter - send the message 'you can't hide".
 
 
+46 # Jim Rocket 2017-08-15 14:10
One wonders how many Charlottesville cops are KKK in their spare time. I'm sure there was a time when they all were. I suppose that's progress. It's very lucky there was only one person killed in this madness.
 
 
+15 # chapdrum 2017-08-15 17:24
It's looking like the police (wherever they are employed) are deciding for themselves whom and what to protect, or not.
 
 
+12 # bread and butter 2017-08-15 18:19
There were three killed and dozens injured. Most of the injuries were a result of a TERRORIST attempting to kill as many as possible, but two others died as a result of the actions of OTHER Registered Republican TERRORISTS
 
 
+3 # lfeuille 2017-08-16 20:25
Yes, and I read they were law enforcement. How iw "Blue Lives Matter" going to come down on this? With the Nazis or with their fellow officers?
 
 
+2 # bread and butter 2017-08-17 08:22
That would put them in a real bind. It seems hard for many of them to pick between the two.
 
 
+70 # Michaeljohn 2017-08-15 14:15
Virginia is an open carry state. But open carry doesn't include an armed militia obviously equipped for conflict invading a peaceful (or any) community. Everyone carrying weapons and shields, bullet proof vests, etc, should have been arrested immediately.
 
 
+26 # markovchhaney 2017-08-15 19:21
Please explain why carrying shields and/or wearing bulletproof vests should be illegal. Those are strictly defensive items. If someone uses a shield as a weapon or attempts to do so, by all means, arrest him/her. I'm hard-pressed to imagine an offensive use of a vest.

The entire problem starts with legal open-carry laws or lack of laws making that illegal. I see no rational justification for legalizing open-carry of firearms for anyone not in law enforcement, and plenty of reasons to question the wisdom of letting all law enforcement personnel carry firearms routinely. I think it should be a hell of a lot harder for people to get concealed-carry permits for handguns than tends to be the case in states that don't have open-carry.

In brief, America has far too many guns owned, carried, brandished, wielded, and employed by far too many people, and as long as that remains the case, we're all at serious risk of being shot. Look at statistics in the rest of the world and try to recognize that we are a nut-house. Of course, it's a total coincidence that we treat the rest of the world militarily the way our average lunatics treat their neighborhoods: with firearms as the answer to every possible dispute or conflict.
 
 
+1 # SusanT136 2017-08-17 07:23
Quoting markovchhaney:
Please explain why carrying shields and/or wearing bulletproof vests should be illegal. Those are strictly defensive items. If someone uses a shield as a weapon or attempts to do so, by all means, arrest him/her. I'm hard-pressed to imagine an offensive use of a vest... I see no rational justification for legalizing open-carry of firearms for anyone not in law enforcement.


Totally agree that open carry should be for law enforcement only.

And yes, you can't arrest people for doing something that's legal.

HOWEVER - 1) the city should have made conditions on the permit, including no weapons, shields etc of any kind; and 2) the neo-nazis were carrying weapons, shields, AND wearing vests, because they were looking to incite violence. In that context, wearing a vest is very offensive.

However, you are correct that the laws need to be changed. We can't sanction "pre-crime" arrests, as that's fascism. BUT the police presence was very lacking and once violence broke out they should have moved in immediately, which they did NOT do.

It's no accident that the police have been very unforgiving in their approach to BLM demonstrations, Occupy etc, yet were very hands off here. Where is the internal investigation in the police dept? Where are the apologies from the city government for not moving to cancel the rally after the skirmishes on Friday night where the neo-nazis were very aggressive?
 
 
0 # SusanT136 2017-08-17 07:46
[quote name="markovchh aney" I'm hard-pressed to imagine an offensive use of a vest.

LOL I think I misinterpreted your use of the word "offensive" - i.e. I took it to mean "to offend" as in to be in poor taste or offend one's sensibilities; just realizing you meant it as in "to attack offensively". Sorry for the silliness!
 
 
+7 # Jaax88 2017-08-15 20:51
All states with open carry laws should passva law making it a crime for 3 or more people with open carry guns to congregate or be within 100 feet or eye sight of any two other gun packers.

Guns in public can be intimidating, just one even, then add more and those packers are creating a dangerous thoroughly intimidating situation. Maybe that should be made a crime for public safety. Ya I know about the constitutional issue.
 
 
+8 # economagic 2017-08-16 09:51
The Second Amendment has always been problematic, but the First Amendment only protects "the right of the people PEACEABLY to assemble." I'm pretty sure there are court decisions distinguishing between that right and assembly that in fact threatens insurrection.
 
 
+17 # diamondmarge7 2017-08-15 15:06
And the idiots in THIS benighted state-South Carolina-keep voting RETHUGLICAN. jUST TRY TO dislodge the likes of warmongers Lindsey Graham, Joe Wilson, and Rethuglican nice guy but GOALONGTOGETALO NG, Senator Tim Scott. Lyndon Johnson was only 1/2 right when he said that his VotingRightsAct would "lose the South for a generation." That was 1964 and racist Judge Roy Moore is running in Alabama-Rethugs everywhere. We need to figure out how to silence the Kochs who are bankrolling all the voter suppression--bu t how does one fix stupid????
 
 
-6 # jlarson 2017-08-15 15:38
Greg Palast's headline brag about his photographer struck me as heartless. Here's this black teacher being beaten within an inch of his life--got concussion, now has staples in his skull--and no one is coming to his aid though multiple witnesses are in the background. Zach just stands there recording it. Would he be proud of himself if De'Andre had died and he 'got the picture' of that too? Yes, bravery in the line of duty, but a different kind than the courage of people who came to the aid of their fellow human beings assaulted in Charlottesville by fascist thugs.
 
 
+17 # John of Milpitas 2017-08-15 15:51
Big Brave four white guys beating on one black. I went to a vocational H.S. in NYC in the early sixties. As such, students came from all the boroughs. One white guy from the Bronx that I (from Manhattan) was friendly with, bragged how he and his friends beat up a black kid. That ended that friendship. Punk Ass
 
 
-10 # jwb110 2017-08-15 16:37
As per babaregi's rant I think that there is this big piece of misinformation out there that Liberalism equals Race. I doubt very much that all Jews, at least my Jewish neighbors, are Liberal and Democrats. Not so. Sheldon Adelson certainly isn't a liberal and neither is trump's son-in-law. I know plenty of Mexicans, some of them relatives, who are nothing but dyed in the wool Republicans and some of what they say sounds very racist to me. That is part of freedom of choice in American looks like. I come from a big family and some of the Italians are ardent Libertarians and Conservatives. One in particular claims he is not racist. When I told him that as a Liberal I had to own any racism that I might harbor if I was going to change that. I couldn't think that merely saying it made it so.
As for the Civil War, somehow this country has been sold a bill of goods that the war was about slavery. It was not. It was about maintaining the Union. That's what civil wars are always about. The Emancipation Proclamation didn't free all the slaves. Had Lincoln not been killed his plan was to repatriate the slave population to Liberia. The founding fathers favored this when the Constitution was addressing how to handle the issue of slavery.
As for statues of Yankee and Rebel heroes, America is the only place that would ever happen. No other country would allow it. These symbols should remind of Unity and not dis-Unity and not race.
 
 
+3 # sbessho 2017-08-15 21:59
"As for the Civil War, somehow this country has been sold a bill of goods that the war was about slavery. It was not. It was about maintaining the Union. That's what civil wars are always about. The Emancipation Proclamation didn't free all the slaves. Had Lincoln not been killed his plan was to repatriate the slave population to Liberia."

At the secession of Confederate states, Lincoln declared that the war was to save the Union, as that would garner the most support in the North, but as it progressed, and as he came to see what the South was really fighting for, he recognized that the war was in fact about maintaining or ending slavery. He began the war thinking that African slaves were inferior to whites and would never be full citizens, but then he met Frederick Douglass, the first black man to walk through the front door of the White House, and he had changed his mind by the time he was murdered.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2017-08-16 20:29
The war was about slavery. They wanted to protect their right to own slaves. Newspaper articles of that era expose how central slavery was to the rebellion. Without slavery it wouldn't have happened.
 
 
+3 # SusanT136 2017-08-17 07:41
Quoting lfeuille:
The war was about slavery... Without slavery it wouldn't have happened.


In a nutshell.
 
 
+18 # jwb110 2017-08-15 16:50
The issue of race and equality in this country is clearly present and somehow the white population has been told that by the GOP and the alt-right they have been disadvantaged because they are white. That flies in the face if reason. If things are so much better in whatever "ghetto" the alt-right believes it to be then move to that ghetto and get a taste of that special treatment.
The problem has arisen because political ideology, one specifically to destroy the middle class, has been promoted by the alt-right and used as a wedge to divide and already divided nation. E Pluribus Unum had gone out the window because a divided population is easy to control.
One day we, the actual people of the US in our small neighborhoods, are going to need each other and right now I am not sure we would be there for each other. Lay this blame on the GOP and its wink wink promotion of this "someone else is to blame for your misery and it is the "Other". Lay this blame of on a bunch of psychopaths in the White House that don't know what the requirements of a presidency are.
None of these guys will be happy until there was Charlottesville s all over the US.
Lincoln, whether you like the guy or not said something very telling when he said that this Nation would never fall from without. It would only fall from within. He would know because he was there at this Nation's darkest hours.
 
 
+34 # Sunflower 2017-08-15 18:45
While passing Blame around, let's not forget the NRA!!! Those jackasses are
responsible for the addled young man having a Glock, not to mention all the other weapons that were carried by the Nazi thugs.
 
 
+21 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-08-16 06:20
Sun -- right. The NRA has created a monster -- a heavily armed gang of people who are 100% brainwashed by an ideology of fear of others, hate, and victimhood. We have not seen what this will produce. It is going to be really terrible.
 
 
0 # DEBORAHG 2017-08-18 19:53
Neo-Nazis stand for everything our WWII soldiers fought against! They disgrace our WWII fallen soldiers and stomp all over their graves and others who died in WWII.

They disgrace our WWII veterans.

How can America allow them in our country?
 

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