A second man who participated in the tiki-torch lit “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, was fired today after a New York Times photograph of him standing next to James Alex Fields, Jr.— the man who authorities say killed a 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injured 19 other people by driving a car through a crowd of counter-protesters — circulated on social media.
Nigel Krofta, 27, of Ridgeville, South Carolina, was identified by online vigilantes who have been working to name and shame the thousands of white nationalists photographed marching on the UVA campus to protest plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a local park.
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The torch-bearing protesters, some of whom were wearing swastikas and chanting “white lives matter” and “the Jews will not replace us,” were comprised of neo-Nazis, skinheads, and members of the Ku Klux Klan, the Associated Press reported.
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After he was identified on Twitter, online commenters took to the social media page of his employers, Limehouse and Sons Construction, asking them to fire him.
They promptly did, and released this statement this afternoon condemning his actions:
In light of what has just come to our attention, we here at Limehouse & Sons Inc. would like to take this time to assure our friends and our customers that we do not condone the actions of the people involved in this horrific display that has taken place in Charlottesville, VA. We also do not knowingly hire criminals but when it comes to our attention that we have someone within our organization that fits this description we deal with it in a timely manner and we turn it over to the proper authorities, people like this have no place in our society.
“I have been through it all. I am not ashamed of standing for what I believe in,” Krofta said Monday in a Facebook message exchange with The Post and Courier. “Every man has a duty to determine for himself what he believes is right and wrong.”
“If you look on Facebook and anyone commenting who have known me in person know that I am a good person, but they have also known my beliefs I am very open about them,” Krofta said in the Facebook exchange.
“Even people from park circle and the Mill knew that. And it wasn’t until this weekend did people feel the need to say something to virtue signal,” he added.
“They think they are strong and moral yet only when its convenient for them. They can attack my livelihood all they want, but I am not a materialist so it doesn’t matter whether I am poor and homeless or have a steady comfy life,” Krofta said in the message.
Krofta also said in the exchange that he has no formal ties to Fields and that the two had only made small talk while they attended the protest.
“Look, I was there early, people started rolling in we made introductions. We moved from one barricaded zone to another and were standing in a line,” Krofta said. “I just met him. He came down from Ohio (and) he wasn’t affiliated with a group. I am a nice person. I get along with everyone. We exchanged small chat. That is the sum of it and the truth. Hate me all you want but my conscience is clear.”
Charleston County records also indicate Krofta was arrested three times in 2013 for charges including public intoxication and congregating for an unlawful purpose.
On Krofta’s profile, he refers to himself as “unashamed, unabashed white devil.” Krofta also publicly shared other posts and propaganda. His political views, as listed on his Facebook page, simply lists: “Zenophobe, Narcissist, Bigot, Misogynist, Racist, Nazi, Ignorant, Right-Winger, Anti-Semite, Islamophobe, Fascist, Dumbass.”
Earlier today, another rally attendee, Cole White, was fired from his job at Top Dog Restaurant in Berkeley.