University of Reno student Peter Cvjetanovicattending hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Among the thousands who traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to proudly proclaim their white supremacist views was 20 year-old Reno resident Peter Cvjetanovic.
Cvjetanovic is an undergraduate at the University of Reno-Nevada studying history and political science.
From KTNV News in Reno:
“I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture, “Cvjetanovic says. “It is not perfect; there are flaws to it, of course. However I do believe that the replacement of the statue will be the slow replacement of white heritage within the United States and the people who fought and defended and built their homeland. Robert E Lee is a great example of that. He wasn’t a perfect man, but I want to honor and respect what he stood for during his time.”
Photos of Cvjetanovic protesting circulated on social media, denouncing Cvjetanovic as a racist.
“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.”
However Cvjetanovic, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, defends his beliefs.
“As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”
Saturday’s protests left 3 people dead and several injured, click here for the full details.