Loud praise for the student counter-protesters who stood up to white supremacists at UVA

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On Friday night, a band of cowardly racists marched through the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville. And while people on Twitter are rightfully condemning the hate rally (and making fun of its obviously mass-purchased tiki torches) they’re also applauding the brave student counter-protesters who stood their ground.

Per a local NBC affiliate, counter-protesters clashed with the white supremacists when the march approached a statue of Thomas Jefferson. Some marchers even used their tiki torches as weapons. Police, however, did not arrive at the scene until the altercation was almost over.

Now, the internet is thanking the students for their bravery particularly since they were outnumbered, unprotected, and surrounded by a large group of Nazis. “In this time of blustery BS,” wrote one Twitter user, “there’s a lot of confusion about what it means to be ‘brave’ or ‘tough.’

“For clarification, look at these people.”

These are the #bravestmillenials in America today. I love them. #Charlottesville #ThankYou

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The march Friday functioned as a precursor to Saturday’s planned Unite the Right March at Emancipation Park. At the time of writing, counter-protesters were also organizing for that event.

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