Many commentators on the alt-right have condemned the optics of the rallies that took place over the weekend, citing the inability of organizers like Heimbach to curtail violence like the fight that took place in Brentwood on Saturday night.
“We have some responsibility in starting this violence because we go to these places knowing that there will [altercations],” Andrew Anglin wrote on his neo-Nazi blog The Daily Stormer—a sophomoric website that frequently glorifies the Holocaust.
So, odd as it would be if this were a wholly private matter, I think it would be strange if I did not post something here, partly to thank the many who have sent their kind wishes and expressed their sympathy, and partly to provide my first raw attempt at a eulogy for my closest living relative, someone who in many ways I have known better – and certainly longer - than anyone else alive. Last week I saw my brother for the last time in a fairly grim hospital room in Houston, Texas.
He was in great pain, and suffering in several other ways I will not describe.
The white nationalists uploaded and sent me videos they took of the fight. Watch for yourself: pic.twitter.com/5Enbj SEKe H— Jack Smith IV (@Jack Smith IV) October 29, 2017A white man in his 30s, dressed in the TWP’s all black uniform, allegedly socked the woman, leading to a cut that produced the blood seen in the video.