One-Year Anniversary of White Nationalist Rallies in Charlottesville

Aaron Brown
August 15, 2018

We were all sickened by the blatant racism on display, and the response from President Trump and others in his inner circle.

Pollster Henry Fernandez of the African-American Research Collaborative reports that black women in particular feel "disrespected" by Trump, a fact that may mean Charlottesville will come back to hurt Trump after all. The president condemning all acts of racism and violence is a positive step in the right direction.

The white supremacists who planned last year's rally are reconvening Sunday in Washington, D.C. after failing to obtain a permit to appear in Charlottesville.

Past year in Charlottesville, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other members of hate groups marched through the University of Virginia campus shouting anti-Semitic slogans, then fought with counter-protesters in the city streets.

Two days later, after a firestorm of criticism, the president said: 'Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups'. As The Post reported, "Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one".

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify the person they say attacked a police officer on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall Saturday evening.

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Trump's rise to power can be traced through a series of statements that invoke racial stereotypes. "Ignore the hate, love your American family, and discuss with respect, if often disagreement, the ideas upon which we should move forward together". "Peace to ALL Americans".

"He's calling for unity among all Americans and he denounced all forms of bigotry and acts of violence and racism", she said.

In his initial remarks about the violent clashes that killed counterprotester Heather Heyer, the president said there were "very fine people on both sides".

White nationalist leaders say that Caucasians are at risk of losing their historic majority in the United States due to an increase in both legal and illegal immigration.

But just a day later, Trump said there was "blame on both sides" for the violence in Virginia, condemning the anti-fascists who came "with clubs in their hands". There are some notable absences - Richard Spencer, one of the co-organisers of last year's Charlottesville rally with Kessler, has chose to skip it.

"It is clear that the lessons learned from last year's event was implemented into this year's incident action plan and again executed", Colonel Gary Settle, the Virginia State Police superintendent, said.

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