By Miya Jones
Last night, Charlottesville, Virginia, which has been known as a progressive college town, was taken back to the 1960’s when a major white supremacist march called “Unite the Right” was held.
The white nationalists marched right through the University of Virginia’s campus where they carried store-bought torches. Violence ensued as the racists protestors fought against anti-racist citizens and students, who reportedly tried to fight against the pro-Confederates marching on their campus.
Should be noted that the rest of #Charlottesville is awesome
— Severin Jahn (@severin_jahn) August 12, 2017
The protests continued into today and the white nationalists were met with more anti-racist protestors. The Governor then declared a state of emergency for his state.
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 12, 2017
Things got worse when a car plowed through a group of anti-racist protestors. Now, as a result one person is dead and 35 people have been injured over the course of the protest. Police have a person in custody and it was believed to be intentional. This person will be charged with criminal homicide.
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 12, 2017
— Darren Oatway (@DarrenOatway) August 12, 2017
There were also reports of tear gas and urine being sprayed and thrown by nationalists. This protest serves as a sobering reminder that we have a lot more work to do. We do not live in a post racial society, and racism is alive and well.