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How White Supremacists Got the Black Man They Brutally Beat Charged with a Felony

DeAndre Harris, a black man whose brutal beating by a gang of white supremacists went viral, could wind up in prison for up to five years.

by Tess Owen
Oct 13 2017, 5:26pm

Harold Ray Crews, a lawyer based near Kernersville, North Carolina, moonlights as the chairman of his state chapter's League of the South, a neo-Confederate network that wants the South to secede from the rest of the US and establish an "Anglo-Celtic" majority.

Crews is also a key player in what white supremacists see as a righteous crusade to correct the record of what happened during August's violent "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. The campaign includes flooding Google and YouTube with clips and conspiracy theories about DeAndre Harris, a black man whose brutal beating by a gang of white supremacists was captured on video and went viral.

The beating left Harris, 20, with a head laceration that required multiple staples, a broken wrist, and a chipped tooth, among other injuries. But if you search for information about that incident, Google and YouTube feedback a stream of videos and blog posts that portray Harris as the attacker and Harold Ray Crews as the victim.

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