On Charlottesville Anniversary, Trump Condemns Racism

Posted August 13, 2018

After last year's deadly Unite the Right rally, in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a Whitman's Sampler of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, paramilitary, and the alt-right got together to spew hate, the white nationalists are doing it all over again this weekend.

Saturday marks a year since white nationalists marched through the University of Virginia campus with torches, clashing with a group of counterprotesters. There are multiple demonstrations against the white supremacists happening around D.C. on Sunday.

Members of 40 anti-racism groups plan to protest near Lafayette Square.

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of Heyer's death this weekend, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and asked Virginians to "make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate". You let it go and you're OK until the next one comes.

Counter-protesters surround a white supremacist in Washington, D.C., on August 12, 2018.

The event is scheduled to wrap up by about 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Several events are scheduled in Charlottesville to observe what happened past year and promote racial healing.

She has more recently staked out a difference with her father on his repeated attacks on media as the "enemy of the people", saying she rejects the appellation.

Democratic U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump was not doing enough to disavow racists. "The only right message, and the message I hope we will carry jointly as Washingtonians, is love, inclusion and diversity". She said that she is still learning all the ways the United States treats people unfairly, and that Charlottesville has not changed much since a year ago.

The violence culminated with a man driving a vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman and injuring 19 people.

Charlottesville police, he said, were criticized for "failing to keep the two groups separate".

But similar far-right protests have been dwarfed by counterprotesters.

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On Sunday morning, activist Grace Aheron, 27, donned a Black Lives Matter T-shirt and joined hundreds of fellow Charlottesville residents who gathered at Booker T. Washington Park to mark the anniversary of last year's bloodshed.

Local activists and community members gather on the one-year anniversary of the death of Heather Heyer during the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville Virginia.

White supremacist Jason Kessler arrives at the Vienna metro station to travel to Washington on the first anniversary of their rally in Charlottesville.

As NPR's Debbie Elliott reported, they are reclaiming that space because a year ago white supremacists "came with their torches and took over that part of campus".

Bro also thanked Virginia State Police for their presence and sacrifice, leaving flowers for the two officers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who were killed in a helicopter crash related to last year's events.

The heartbroken mom said she's spoken to "hundreds of thousands of people" about how to address these issues, adding that she was surprised by the number of people who were determined to take a stand when they heard stories about her daughter.

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