Monday, August 28, 2017

When You have the Same Name as a White Nationalist

Life gets difficult when the internet posts your name and photo (and home address), thinking that you were marching in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. From The Scientist:

It was a case of mistaken identity of Internet-size proportions. Last Saturday afternoon, just around the time that Heather Heyer, a counter-protester to the white nationalist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, lost her life to a Nazi sympathizer who plowed his car through a crowd, Kyle Quinn returned a call from an unknown number on his cell phone.

A member of the university relations office at the University of Arkansas, where Quinn runs a biomedical engineering lab, was on the other end of the line. She informed him that he had been identified as one of the white nationalist marchers—photographed with tiki torch and red Arkansas Engineering t-shirt—in Charlottesville the night before.

“I was just shocked,” Quinn tells The Scientist. “I didn’t really know how bad things were going to get.”

You can read the rest of the story here. It could happen to any of us.


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