Detroit Red Wings Condemn 'Misuse of Our Logo' at Bloody, Racist Rally in Virginia
August 12th, 2017, 4:01 PM
The Red Wings organization denounces the use of its winged wheel team logo at a racist white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., where one group carried placards with the Detroit hockey logo.
The team responds:
A white nationalist group of young Michigan men called the Detroit Right Wings uses the motto "Rust Reforged" and a logo close to the Red Wings' winged wheel image. They describe themselves as Identitarians, an anti-immigrant vein of white nationalism.
A right-wing blogger says he planned the "Unite the Right" rally to protest Charlottesville's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park. The event became a gathering point for white supremacists around the country.
Clashes erupted between white nationalists and counter-protestors. One woman died and 19 were hurt when a car was driven intentionally into a throng of anti-racism demonstrators. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, was later arrested as the alleged driver and is being held on suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding and failure to stop in an accident that resulted in death.
A former MLive reporter (2014-17) who's now an editor at the Washington Examiner in the capital tweets about the hockey logo sign-carriers:
The group that did this - Detroit Right Wings - tried to do a GoFundMe to raise $2,500 to go to Charlottesville.— Kyle Feldscher (@Kyle_Feldscher) August 12, 2017
Four people gave $328. https://t.co/jcaYYs3633