Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Detroit Red Wings Threaten Legal Action Against White Nationalist Rally

Detroit Red Wings Threaten Legal Action Against White Nationalist Rally

Many organizations might have stopped at issuing a strong statement condemning the racists, but the Red Wings went one step beyond and are threatening legal action because the winged wheel should never be used a symbol for hatred and bigotry.

The National Hockey League's Detroit Red Wings on Saturday condemned a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., after white nationalist groups were seen holding items with the team's logo.

How did this happen? They describe themselves as Identitarians, an anti-immigrant vein of white nationalism.

One marching group of protesters, perhaps from the Michigan-based white nationalist group called Detroit Right Wings, which uses a logo similar to that of the Red Wings, was spotted touting the Detroit trademark at the rally by HuffPost's Andy Campbell.

According to the Washington Post, this Identitarian movement began in Europe but has spread to North America in recent years.

The Red Wings are exploring legal options.

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The group's YouTube Channel has since been taken down, with a notification stating "This video has been removed for violating YouTube's policy on hate speech".

University of Virginia Medical Center spokeswoman Angela Taylor confirmed to The Associated Press that one person died and 19 were injured after a auto plowed into a group of protesters.

There were also fights Friday night, when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus carrying torches.

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