UNR Condemns Racism After Learning Student Attended White Nationalist Event


UNR President Marc Johnson. Image: UNR.
UNR President Marc Johnson. Image: UNR.

After a University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) student was photographed at a white nationalist march three time zones away, UNR president Marc Johnson said Sunday the campus doesn’t condone racism.

The gathering of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. was reportedly to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. It was dubbed “Unite the Right.”

Events turned deadly when 20-year-old James Fields Jr., of Maumee, Ohio drove through a counter protest, killing one person and injuring 19. According to news reports, he was arrested on charges of second degree murder, malicious wounding and hit-and-run.

But it was the photo taken at the rally of UNR student Peter Cvjetanovic, 20, a graduate of North Valleys High School and a member of UNR College Republicans, that got Northern Nevadans talking.

Johnson described racism and white supremacist movements as having a “corrosive effect on our society.”

“These movements do not represent our values as a university,” Johnson said in a statement. “We denounce any movement that targets individuals due to the color of their skin, their religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, ability/disability, or whether they were born in our country.  As an institution, we remain firm in our commitment in denouncing all forms of bigotry and racism, which have no place in a free and equal society.”

Without mentioning Cvjetanovic by name, UNR College Republicans also denounced the event.

“Allegations have come to the attention of UNR College Republicans that an individual member had involvement in the protests that have taken place,” a statement on the club’s FaceBook page from president Bethanie Cooper said. “We are working diligently with the community to address these allegations and would like to clarity that these dangerous beliefs have no place in the College Republicans or at the University of Nevada.”

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One web site is calling for UNR to take disciplinary action against Cvjetanovic: https://www.change.org/p/university-of-nevada-reno-fire-expel-peter-cvjetanovic

Cvjetanovic said he didn’t condone violence, either. Cvjetanovic’s Facebook profile shows him to be a member of the International Group of National Conservatives, Croatian World Network CROWN and The Preservation of Sagas, Eddas, And Nordic History.

“I did not go there to commit acts of violence, and that was not the goal of the rally, and no one was meant to be killed,” Cvjetanovic said on social media. “I am sorry things turned out the way they did, and I give my condolences to the family of the victims, for whatever that’s worth. I hope the man responsible is punished to the full extent of the law, regardless of personal ideology.”

Cvjetanovic also did an interview this weekend with KTVN-TV and admitted to being a non-violent white nationalist.

“As a white nationalist, I care for all people. We all deserve a future for our children and for our culture. White nationalists aren’t all hateful; we just want to preserve what we have.”

A vigil for the Charlottesville victims is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday at City Plaza in downtown Reno, 10 S. Virginia St.

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  1. Would you have protested for keeping the statues of Stalin and of other Soviet and Communist leaders after those regimes were toppled? I mean, why bury those country’s histories?

    Caucasian Protestant culture has dominated all other cultures in America from the outset, and most cases, to their extreme detriment of the other cultures that were oppressed. I believe they are telling you that they aren’t interested in being dominated or oppressed anymore, and it is clear that the oppressors are reacting violently to preserve what little power they still possess.

    Democracy works fine when the laws are written to benefit the dominant culture, but when ethnic minorities cease to be numerical minorities, it apparently scares the hell out of those who have the most to lose as those laws are changed to protect those who have been oppressed and colonized for centuries. It’s time that Caucasian Protestant culture be made to reap what they have sown. It’s exactly this passage in the scripture that scares the (reactive) alt-right the most.

  2. I received the email from Dr. Johnson because I am working toward a degree at the University of Nevada. Unlike previous notes that seemed to promote a rather biased leftward political view, this email emphasized the rights of all members of the University community to peacefully protest and to express their ideas. This is a position that I think most Americans can agree with. However, left unaddressed was how the unlawful actions of the Soros funded, so-called anti-racists initiated the violent confrontation. Had the Chancellorsville police kept the two groups separated (as has been successfully done with similar protests in other communities) there is a very good chance that nothing of note would have happened at the protest. I would have liked President Johnson’s note to emphasize that a counter protest is not a place to do physical battle, but a place to peacefully express a different point of view.

    In this case, I do not believe that either side was spontaneously formed. Nothing says “government procurement” quite like 150 brand new and identical tiki torches. In many cases the organizers of “White Nationalist” groups are actually FBI operations intended to attract and identify people who the FBI thinks might be prone to supporting domestic terrorism. On the “anti-racists” (ANTIFA if you prefer) side, members of the independent Press have identified the same faces acting as organizers at protests all across the country. These guys rack up a lot of frequent flyer miles. Substantial funding for these activities has been traced to George Soros, whose hobby seems to be destabilizing governments around the world as a means to manipulate currency, for his own profit.

    Things are often not as they initially appear. I am disappointed that the rhetoric from our political leaders have mis-characterized the message of the “White Nationalists” as one of racism, instead of an effort to promote the preservation of White European culture in America. When various other groups march to promote their culture, we generally hear positive comments and approval. I can recall helping local black teens attend the Million Man March in Washington D.C. back in 1995. Both black and white citizens agreed that a march that promoted strengthening good values among black men would be good for the entire community. Now, with White men participating in a march in Charlottesville, they are condemned as “racists” and must defend themselves at a site that they had properly reserved and permitted for their demonstration, from a group sent there specifically to create a violent confrontation. The Soros funded “anti-racists” have so far been left out of the condemnation, even though they are responsible for instigating violence at what had been a properly permitted event by the Unite the Right group.

  3. Peter Cvjetanovic needs to be expelled from UNR, and banned from attending any other educational institution in the country. He has consorted with criminals, and need to be permanently branded as one. I would also have him serve a criminal sentence for aiding and abetting a criminal act, and for acting as an accessory to murder.

    • I rather doubt that you would want all due process ignored if you found yourself embroiled in some sort of controversy.

      It will be interesting to see what the Justice Department investigation will reveal. I am especially interested in who is funding and organizing the ANTIFA group and who is behind the, Unite the Right, group.

      I wish that the message being sent out by our political leadership was focused on re-establishing civil discourse. This confrontation in Charlottesville could have devolved into both sides shooting at one another. We need to teach people on both sides that protests and counter-protests must be physically separated so that each side can aire their views, without these demonstrations devolving into physical confrontations.

      In the United States we must be able to openly discuss differing views in the bright light of public scrutiny, and allow each idea to stand on its on merits. Nothing is to be gained by having groups like ANTIFA instigating violence by throwing urine and feces, or using paintball guns to shoot at people with different views. I have asked leaders on the Democratic side to condemn the actions of ANTIFA and the vehicular manslaughter that was apparently committed by Mr. Fields. I hope that those on the GOP side will take a similar, balanced position and both parties will help lead their partisans back to the practice of having civil discourse when addressing the challenges that we all face.

      I do not support ethnic cleansing in any form, including the removal of monuments or the banning of cultural icons. We should never try to bury our past, but instead keep those lessons learned as part of our history and discourse. One sure way to repeat errors of the past is to bury and forget the lessons of history.

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