Heather Heyer

Where the Hell is Kekistan?: How Pepe-posting meme warriors responded to real violence of the alt-right

Where the Hell is Kekistan?: How Pepe-posting meme warriors responded to real violence of the alt-right

In Charlottesville, when it seemed like the Nazis had been driven from town, shortly before the terrorist attack that killed Heather Heyer, a group of anti-racist protesters gathered in a small park and set fire to several Confederate flags and a big green, white, and black Kekistani flag.

I stood in the dirt beneath a tree and watched the two flags wither and curl beneath their own combustion on the dark ground. One was born of the slaveholder insurrection against the U.S. and the other from what some in the message board subculture call the "great meme war of 2016" and both, somehow, represent the Trump coalition.

The fictional nation of Kekistan...

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