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Black Man Charged in Racist Violence against Him!

Oct 16, 2017

The black man who was surrounded in a Charlottesville parking garage by white supremacists during the “Unite the Right” rally and beaten bloody–on video that everyone has seen–is now facing a felony charge.

It is true that, in the video, DeAndre Harris swung a flashlight at a white supremacist who was trying to spear a counterprotester with the pole of a confederate flag. But within seconds, he was kicked to the ground by a group of at least five white supremacists, who pummeled the 20-year-old with sticks and a large board.

Harris suffered a spinal injury and needed 10 stitches in his head. Now he is being charged with unlawful wounding–a crime similar to the one three of his attackers are facing.

Harris had to turn himself in to authorities thanks to a cunning runaround by white nationalists who figured out that in Virginia, an alleged crime victim can generate a warrant through a local magistrate after a police report is filed. Based on the word of a single white man, Harold Ray Crews, without evidence, Harris is charged with a felony.

As Black Lives Matter activists worked to help identify Harris’s attackers in the video and share that information with police, the white power people decided to make Crews the victim.

Crews describes himself on twitter as an attorney and a “Southern nationalist.” He also runs the North Carolina chapter of the League of the South, identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Harris’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt told CNN that this is an attempt to “muddy the waters of who was to blame for the violence at the protest.” Violence that led to the death of counterprotester, Heather Heyer.

The white supremacists stage a protest, carrying weapons, hurling all kinds of racist vitriol and the police arrest a black man who was beaten by the racists!

This could only happen in a racist society, led by a president who has emboldened every wretched, little racist to come out of their holes.