A Charleston-area man has been fired from his job as a welder and mechanic after a New York Times photograph of him at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville was circulated on social media.
Nigel Krofta, 27, of Ridgeville, S.C., was pictured standing at the rally with James A. Fields, 20, who is accused of killing Heather Heyer, 32, when the 2010 Dodge Challenger he allegedly was driving plowed into a group of anti-racist counter-protesters Saturday.
Krofta was also photographed multiple times by Times-Dispatch photographer Shaban Athuman.
WCSC in Charleston reported that Limestone & Sons Inc. fired Krofta after they became aware he supported the white nationalist movement. The company posted a statement on their Facebook page on Monday after noon that said they "would like to take this time to assure our friends and our customers that we do not condone the actions of people involved in this horrific display that has taken place in Charlottesville."
Krofta told The Post and Courier in Charleston "I am not ashamed of standing for what I believe in. Every man has a duty to determine for himself what he believes is right and wrong."
Krofta also told the Charleston paper that he has no formal ties to Fields, and that the two only made small talk during the rally.
Krofta isn't the only person feeling an online backlash as a result of participating in the weekend's events in Charlottesville.
Peter Cvjetanovic, a 20-year-old college student, was photographed shouting with a group of torch-wielding protesters Friday during a march through the University of Virginia campus. Cvjetanovic said in a television interview that he didn't expect the photo to spread as widely as it did.
But spread it did. And thousands of people signed an online petition to have him kicked out of school. Cvjetanovic told a local TV station that he is "not the angry racist they see in that photo," but a white nationalist who cares for all people.
The University of Nevada in Reno confirmed Monday that Cvjetanovic is a student there. Spokeswoman Kerri Garcia said the university is "still monitoring the situation and reviewing information."
A message left for Cvjetanovic through the school was not returned. There was no telephone listing available for him in Reno.
Meanwhile, Top Dog, a hot dog company in the San Francisco area, said one of its employees resigned after being confronted by management about participating in the rally.