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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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Kessler v. Bellamy

Kessler v. Bellamy

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Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer

Rodney A. Smolla

Cornell University Press

This chapter explains how Charlottesville became the epicenter of the national debate over Confederate monuments. It discusses the colourful sideshow battle between Wes Bellamy, a local African American teacher, activist, and political leader, and Jason Kessler, Charlottesville's emerging alt-right supremacist man-on-the-scene. Kessler was offended by Bellamy's crusade against the Robert E. Lee statue and created a crusade of his own to remove Bellamy. Kessler searched Bellamy's Twitter account for embarrassing posts and published several of Bellamy's tweets on his own blog to call for Bellamy's resignation or removal from office. This chapter narrates the events of December 2016 when Kessler launched a petition drive demanding that Bellamy resign or be removed due to anti-white, racist and pro-rape comments.

Keywords:   Confederate monuments, Wes Bellamy, Jason Kessler, alt-right supremacist, Twitter account, anti-white, racist, Charlottesville

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