After being exposed by @YesYoureRacist, Cvjetanovic appeared on his local television news station in Reno, Nevada to say that he now fears for his safety-but didn't back down from his views.
(CNN) - An online crowdsourcing campaign is underway to identify demonstrators who attended white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. A website created Sunday dedicated itself to collecting the names, social media profiles, colleges and employers of people photographed at the rally. "White nationalists aren't all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have", Cvjetanovic said.
Social media users have been identifying demonstrators and tweeting their names to the account.
"I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture", Cvjetanovic added, explaining he wanted to demonstrate against what he described as the "replacement of white heritage" and had come out to the march because of its protest over the removal of a statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville.
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"I believe that the white culture in the United States is at threat in its own way, and I want to help defend that", he told NBC News' Reno affiliate KRNV.
"We enjoy a powerful catharsis in exposing and punishing people who express objectionable opinions, even people who really do "deserve" to feel shame, but let's not delude ourselves into thinking we've somehow reduced racism or its power", he said. They didn't comment on him directly but wrote in part, "Racism and white supremacist movements have a corrosive effect on our society. These movements do not represent our values as a university", university president Marc A. Johnson said in a statement.
On Saturday, a auto plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters as tensions turned violent at a related rally, leaving three dead and dozens more injured.
Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, after a recent photo of the two reportedly surfaced, condemned the events and said he didn't know Cvjetanovic. "As a community, we abhor violence and it has no place on our campus".