A St. Louis native is one of the many captured on video carrying a torch and marching alongside self-declared white nationalists during a violent weekend in Charlottesville.
Eight seconds into a video posted by Vice News giving a front row look into the march Friday night at the University of Virginia you can see a man named Clark Canepa.
The 21-year-old is a St. Louis native and 2014 graduate of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He can be seen in the video holding a torch and chanting. Among the chants during that march were “Jews will not replace us” and “ Blood and Soil,” a Nazi slogan.Download the KMOV News app for breaking news alerts“It was a fantastic time. Unfortunately, the left wing violence wasn't prevented by the police,” said Canepa in a message to News 4 reporter Alexis Zotos.
Classmates have been sharing the video on Facebook denouncing the message and actions of the crowd that included white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
“Clear shot, absolutely, not only of him marching, but him with a tiki, him chanting, like actively participating. Wasn’t even like it was something he happened to be a part of, he was going out of his way to actively participate and show his support,” said Sasha Scott who was friends with Canepa in high school.
The 21-year-old said he does not identify as a white nationalist but as an “American patriot.”Read: White nationalists: Charlottesville just a beginningHe wrote another message saying “I attended the rally because the political organization I am with, Identify Evropa, encouraged us to go in support to protest the removal of American History monuments, in this case, the Robert E Lee statue.”
Identify Evropa describes itself as “an American based identitarian organization dedicated to promoting the interests of People of European Heritage.” But others online identify it as a white supremacist organization.
His sister took to Facebook Tuesday to say “All I can do is apologize for my brother’s actions. I do not condone them under any circumstances.”
News 4 is not naming his sister.
Classmates who have shared the video, as well as Snapchats and an Instagram picture, have called upon Ladue High School to respond to the graduate’s participation. A spokesperson said they do not comment on former student’s actions but did release a statement Tuesday.As a proudly diverse school community, we stand behind the rights of individuals to calmly, peacefully, respectfully and productively share their views and opinions. We do not condone or support violence or hatred in any form and stand, as allies, with those who denounce the racist actions and hate-filled rhetoric that were displayed in Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.Copyright 2017 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.