Step one: cleanse the skin?
What began as a rally by white supremacists in Virginia this weekend ended in terror Saturday as a car drove into a group that was protesting the rally, killing one person and injuring 19 others. At a vigil Sunday night, hundreds gathered to remember Heather Heyer the woman killed in the crash.
The tension had been high since Friday, when a group of torch-bearing white nationalists (some giving a Nazi salute) descended on the University of Virginia campus to protest the potential removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
After Saturday’s deadly violence, President Donald Trump said, “we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides … on many sides.” The response was met with criticism, with members of the president’s own party labeling it too vague.
We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home. -OGH
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 12, 2017
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 12, 2017
Mr. President – we must call evil by its name. These were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism. https://t.co/PaPNiPPAoW
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 12, 2017
Beyond condemnation, what action will follow the spilled blood in Charlottesville?
- Sarah McCammon Mid-Atlantic and Southeast reporter, NPR; @sarahmcammon
- Jameta Barlow Assistant professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies at Towson University; @allaboutafya
- Meredith Clark Media studies professor, University of Virginia; @MeredithClark
- Rich Benjamin anthropologist and cultural critic; senior fellow at Demos; author "Searching For Whitopia: An Improbable Journey to the Heart of White America"; @IAmRichBenjamin
- Gary Shapiro University of Virginia professor of philosophy and Tucker-Boatwright Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus
Where Are Confederate Monuments?
Part of the reason for the rally in Charlottesville was the potential removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Largely placed in the last century, such monuments to the South have been coming down in cities across the country in recent years. In 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center mapped where the remaining monuments stand.
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