Before firing a bullet into a group of people at a bus stop in Gainesville, Fla. on October 19, Tyler Tenbrink was verbally and physically harassed by counter protestors of Richard Spencer. Tenbrink was exiting Spencer’s controversial speech at the University of Florida, which he was attending as a supporter of the alt-right white supremacist, when a crowd of around 50 people descended on him.
St. Augustine, Fla., America’s oldest city, was once a battleground for civil rights. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his supporters were harassed, beaten and jailed when they tried to enter segregated downtown restaurants and swim in segregated sections of St. Augustine’s beaches. A hotel manager once poured acid into a pool where both black and white integrationists were swimming in protest. Dr. King was even in St. Augustine the day that the Senate passed the civil rights bill on June 19, 1964.