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Tatiana Calhoun Martinez, Staff Writer

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On August 2017 in Charlottesville, VA,  a ‘far right’ rally was held by Unite the Right and was supposed to oppose the removal of the confederate statues. This protest included white supremacists, neo-Nazis, neo-confederates, and several other militia groups.

As is well known now, the rally went horribly wrong and the pro-right protesters began chanting racists and anti-Semitic slogans.

Where were the police one might ask? They arrived late to the event and by then the rally had already become violent.

This took place on the central campus quadrangle that the students of the University of Virginia call The Lawn. The reason for this riot was because UVA decided that they wanted to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, which triggered many of the people who still stand behind the confederate flag.

Counter protesters who believe Confederate statues should be removed, and who regularly oppose the far right, were met by The United Right chanting racists slogans and other slurs. This led to a fight and more than 30 people getting injured and one young woman dead when an Alt-right protester drove through the crowd in his car.

After the rally, twitter went crazy and #Charlottesville began trending in no time. Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency not to long after the rally became violent. Donald Trump did not address the issue until much later, and claimed there were good people “on both sides.”

Many celebrities responded to this, such as Chris Evans, tweeting:

“MANY SIDES?!?! I’ve typed and deleted at least 8 tweets. Words simply aren’t strong enough to accurately describe how I feel about Donald Trump.”

Clearly what happened in Charlottesville was awful and things like this shouldn’t happen, but it is likely that they will not discontinue as long as Donald Trump remains President.

SInce his election, many white supremacists have felt empowered. They have been crawling out from under their rocks, verbally spiraling out of control, and simply showing their true colors.

Looking at this situation should show all Americans that we must stand together before we destroy each other and go back to our old ways. We need to take a stand by taking down more confederate statues and refusing to tolerate injustice.

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