Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Trump condemns racism on Charlottesville anniversary

Trump condemns racism on Charlottesville anniversary

"How does that create a sense of community?" "We love everyone. And, we're going to silence their negativity by showing love".

According to Ivanka, who also serves as a White House adviser to her father, President Donald Trump, "One year ago in Charlottesville, we witnessed an ugly display of hatred, racism, bigotry & violence".

"We are treating this as a statewide event", said Virginia Department of Emergency Management coordinator Jeff Stern.

A protester confronts riot gear-clad police.

Charlottesville city councilman Wes Bellamy said he tried to diffuse the situation and told the police commander that students were upset by the officers' tactics, with "over-the-top" riot gear. After a few minutes, most of the demonstrators began to walk away.

Despite heightened emotions and frustration over the police presence, the city reports no arrests and no violent outbreaks.

In the downtown shopping district this morning, officers outnumbered visitors.

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"It's nice that they're here to protect us", said Lara Mitchell, 66, a sales associate at a shop that sells artwork, jewelry, and other items.

The group then moved the rally to a neighboring lawn saying they didn't feel safe in the "cage", referring to the barricaded rotunda area. Previous year was a whole different story. "So the fact that you know what happened previous year happened is deeply upsetting and not anything part of the UVA I knew". Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by self-described white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., who rammed a vehicle into a crowd at high speed. Two Virginia State Police troopers also died that weekend when their helicopter, assisting with public safety, crashed during the rally.

Even after a year, Trump has still not specified whom he considered to be among the "very fine people" who joined the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Clara Carlson was one of those counterprotesters. She says she feared for her life when a phalanx of young white men carrying torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans surrounded her and a group of her friends.

Saturday's march capped a day of hope, grief, anger and remembrance in Charlottesville, one year after the "Unite the Right" rally brought racially charged street violence to the scenic college town.

Bro said Heyer, a paralegal for a Charlottesville law firm, helped her understand white privilege, and she has been attempting to explain that to others.

"I remember the police just standing around". Trump called her a "lowlife". "I was grateful that I was able to come out of that alive".

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Local and state authorities framed the weekend's heightened security as a necessary precaution.

In the immediate aftermath, Trump drew broad criticism when he initially appeared to establish a moral equivalence between the two groups of protesters and refused to criticize the extreme rightwingers.

As reported previous year, following Heyer's death, "about 1,000 people attended a memorial service for Heyer in Charlottesville".

Specifically addressing those who were attacked during the march, Ryan said, "I am sorry".

The security measures seemed to have worked as most of the Saturday's events proceeded in a peaceful manner.

Last year's torch rally is something students won't forget, but they say this movement is now bigger than that.

Unite the Right 2 will take place Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park in front of the White House and mark the one year anniversary of Charlottesville. Her parents, Susan Bro and Mark Heyer, challenged the mourners to learn from their daughter's love for others and outspokenness.

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