A Berkeley, California, restaurant has fired one of its employees for appearing at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend, according to KGO.
KGO reported Sunday that Top Dog, a hot dog restaurant, sacked Cole White after pictures of him at the event began circulating on social media.
“Effective Saturday 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog,” a sign on the restaurant’s door said.
“The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone.”
Some Twitter users on Monday celebrated White’s reported ouster following his participation in last weekend’s controversial events.
Apparently, there's now an opening at a Top Dog restaurant in Berkeley, CA because Cole White decided to go to Charlottesville as a racist.— John L. Alford (@JohnLAlford2) August 14, 2017
White was reportedly identified by a Twitter account called @YesYoureRacist, which is attempting to name those who participated in last weekend’s rallies in Charlottesville.
Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, defended himself on Sunday during an interview with KTVN after he was recognized in other photos on social media.
“I did not expect the photo to be shared as much as it was,” he said of an image of himself carrying a torch during a rally in Charlottesville.
“I understand the photo has a very negative connotation,” the University of Nevada, Reno student added. “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.”
“As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and our culture. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”
The Associated Press reported earlier Monday that the man accused of killing one person last Saturday in Charlottesville has been denied bail.
James Alex Fields Jr. is charged with second-degree murder and other related charges after he allegedly drove a car into counter-protesters.
The incident resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal who was demonstrating against the so-called “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville.
Charlottesville erupted in violence last weekend after white supremacists and counter-protesters fought over the removal of a Confederate statue there.