One rule that I live by, is to never do anything I’d be ashamed of if my Grandmother was still alive and watching. This is certainly a rule that one alleged white supremacist from New York could have lived by, following last weekend’s “Unite The Right’ march in Charlottesville, Virginia.
On Friday and Saturday of last weekend, 21-year-old Jerrod Kuhn was filmed by a BBC documentary crew marching with a Tiki Torch at the rally. Those images and videos may have now reportedly ruined the young man’s life. Once the video was released, individuals within Kuhn’s hometown of Honeoye Falls, New York posted flyers around the community with a still-image taken from the BBC video clip. The flyers read “No Nazis in our neighborhood”.
“I can’t live in this community anymore. I’m in the process of figuring out what I’m going to do,” Kuhn complained. “I’m 21 years old and now my life is over in this area.”
Kuhn alleges that he is not actually a racist and that he traveled the 500 miles from Honeoye Falls to Charlottesville, Virginia in order to protest the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.
“People have a right to know if their neighbor is a violent neo-Nazi just as much as they would if their neighbor was a violent sex offender,” said Peter Berkman of Eastside Antifascists, who posted the flyers. “I think it’s important that people know the dangers the community faces and we think people having that information is important for them to protect themselves.”
While the community of Honeoye Falls has taken the flyers down, the damage appears to have already been done to Kuhn and his reputation in the area. In fact, multiple mainstream online publications have also picked the story up, meaning that Kuhn may not be welcomed in more than just the Honeoye Falls area.
Let’s hear your thoughts on Jerrod Kuhn. Does he deserve what he is getting? Could Kuhn have perhaps been there only to show support of the monument and not actually think his white race is supreme to all others? Comment on this story below.