A look inside white supremacists’ secret chat room

People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd in Charlottesville.
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Planners for the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that became deadly earlier this month were as racist and violent as you might expect from neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the like.

Unicorn Riot, which describes itself as “a volunteer-operated decentralized media collective,” lets us peer inside the extreme-right’s corners of the internet thanks to a trove of documents it has leaked.

These hate groups’ platform of choice was Discord, a messaging app designed for video gamers. In their messages, “Unite the Right” organizers have benign discussions on topics like toilet facilities or clean-up after the rally.

There’s also an obsession with guns and militia-styled self-defense.

As Unicorn Riot writes, some involved “seemed to relish the potential of using deadly force to defend their vehicles against perceived threats by counter-demonstrators.”

They wanted to keep rallying after Heather Heyer was killed, too.

It gets more violent and racist, but I’ll leave reading that to your discretion.

Discord has since condemned these groups and booted them from the site.

The latest document dump from Unicorn Riot, a set of over 400 screenshots, came Tuesday.

(If you want to learn more on Unicorn Riot, read the profile I wrote last year.)