The father of one of the organizers of a demonstration that led to racially charged violence during the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, is disavowing his son's racist views.

According to the Associated Press Peter Lodge, a professor in the University of Maine System, tells the Sun Journal he has spent his life "trying to bring people of all groups together regardless of race or sexual preference, to make the world better."

Lodge's son, Nathan Damigo, moved from Maine to California with his mother after his parents split when he was a few months old.

The 31-year-old Damigo is the founder of a white nationalist group, Identity Evropa. It has sparked controversy on college campuses, including in April when Damigo punched a woman during a brawl at a white nationalist protest in Berkeley, California according to AP.