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  1. Oct 2017
    1. Added Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida: "Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be."

      This a tweet from a personal account. He is stating that America isn't built on hatred. This tweet is inaccurate. This country has been about hate since it was stolen from the Indigenous people. This is important because there are people who actually don't see a problem with the riots, or hatred in general.

    2. The president did not answer questions from reporters about whether he rejected the support of white nationalists or whether he believed the car crash was an example of domestic terrorism

      Trump proceeds to dismiss acts of hatred in America because he is one of the main sources or hate this country has ever seen. He reminds me of Hitler. He uses language to destroy others in a subtle manner. As the president he is obligated to keep us informed.

    3. "His failure to address what really happened in Charlottesville, and the role of white supremacists, I think also sends a message that he is not recognizing the real causes of crises even within our own country," Panetta said.

      This a statement from someone in the public. The people the country is supposed to protect ans serve. The statement is the opposite of what was reported from the White House. This goes to show that there is a very large disconnect between the "leaders: of the nation and the people. This is important because it impacts how we view each other.

    4. The president did not answer questions from reporters about whether he rejected the support of white nationalists or whether he believed the car crash was an example of domestic terrorism.

      Right now there is a petition out to formally recognize Black Lives Matter (BLM) as a domestic terrorist group (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/formally-recognize-black-lives-matter-terrorist-organization). For people to want BLM to be recognized as a terrorist group and not groups such neo-Nazi and KKK, is ridiculous. Whenever people of color stand against injustice or inequality it is deemed as negative or un-American. The NFL sit down protest of the national anthem is taking over the media. Players are being ostracized and threatened, while Trumps continues to condemn them for not showing respect for out troops but he still does not hold the protester groups responsible for violence that happened at the rally.

    5. Mr. Trump's reaction drew praise from neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which wrote: "Trump comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us... No condemnation at all."

      The comment in the Daily Stormer from a neo- Nazi subjectively suggest that the President was in agreement with their actions at rally. The commenter made seem like Trump could be in cahoots with them, with the use of his persuasive language, using words such as "condemn". To me condemnation can only come from a hierarchy or someone within your community, someone that you could possibly admire and as stated in the previous paragraph the white nationalist were working to "fulfill Trump's promises".

    6. Added Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida: "Nothing patriotic about #Nazis,the #KKK or #WhiteSupremacists It's the direct opposite of what #America seeks to be."

      Sen. Marco Rubio ironically tweeted how it is important for the nation to hear POTUS address the events in Charlottesville and how it was a terror attack by white supremacists. I say ironically, as Donald Trump never addressed these events as a terrorist attack by white supremacists. Though this event in time can definitely be seen as a terror attack on American soil by Americans, it is important, again, to note how Trump never explicitly states supremacy and nationalists as groups that he disagrees with and does not support.

    7. In Cartagena, Colombia, Pence responded to a reporter's question about the violence in Charlottesville and said, in part,"We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms." 

      American VP, Mike Pence, responded to a report that there is no tolerance for groups that incite hate and violence, including nationalists, and white supremacists. This is important, as the VP came right out and took a stance on what he does not support. Though he states "we", there was still a lot of criticism on Donald Trump as he did not take a stance and come out against these groups. This is a contradicting occurrence of statements between the president and vice president, which is very interesting as the pair seemed to agree upon Trump's campaign.

    8. Mr. Trump's reaction drew praise from neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which wrote: "Trump comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us... No condemnation at all." The website had been promoting the Charlottesville demonstration as part of its "Summer of Hate" edition.

      The Daily Stormer points out exactly what supporters and oppositions of Trump were trying to tell him he was doing wrong. Trump did not condemn the white supremacists even after several of his supporters urged him that that was best. They urged him to come on stronger about the incident, but Trump took what he might have seen as the less controversial position, when instead his position caused more controversy. Were his comments based on a fear that he would lose white supremacist support? Are these the people that make up a part of his fan base that he cannot afford to lose? I think these questions can be the answer to why Trump did not condemn any side specifically, even though one side had had the Charlottesville protest labeled as part of its "Summer of Hate" edition, clearly showing that they came looking for trouble.

    9. ,"We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms." 

      In this statement, Pence can be seen condemning hate and violence and white supremacy, which is seemingly appealing to the American public. It is a specific, personal, denouncement of white supremacists and hate groups. However, this statement is contradicting to Trump's campaign that Pence was apart of. Throughout the campaign hatred groups and white supremacists were seen as active supporters and encouraged to be supporters based on the hate speech that Trump, himself, spoke. If it were really not tolerated by Pence or Trump, then why was it tolerated throughout the campaign?

    10. The president's daughter and White House aide, Ivanka Trump, tweeted Sunday morning: "There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis."

      I think that Ivanka's tweet on Sunday morning was maybe a part of her own views, but also as a way to try to cover up or apologize for her dad not taking a stronger stance by condemning white supremacists. In this statement, Ivanka took the side that many other Republicans had taken as well. Republicans such as Marco Rubio can publicly be seen on social media denouncing white supremacy and asking the president to stand up. At least, Ivanka publicly condemns white supremacy in the area where her father had fallen short.

    1. white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, and various militias

      It is sickening to see that groups that perpetuate hate are still able to do those things in 2017. This is a sentence confirming that this nation has not made as much progress as one may think. I have experienced racism and it is very triggering.

    2. In his initial statement on the rally, U.S. President Donald Trump did not denounce white nationalists explicitly, instead condemning "hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides." His statement and his subsequent defenses of it were seen by critics as implying moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them.[8]

      This basically recaps the response of the President defending the actions of the white supremacists. This is important because it shows just how deep the issue really is. Why didn't he see an issue? Because he shares the same rigid and harmful values.

    3. In the aftermath of the rally and the car ramming, some criticized the police handling of the rally. Claire Gastañaga, executive director of the Virginia ACLU, wrote that "The situation that occurred was preventable" and the ACLU's lawsuit, which resulted in a federal court granting an injunction allowing the rally to go forward at Emancipation Park, "did not cause it."[146] Gastañaga wrote that: "The lack of any physical separation of the protesters and counterprotesters on the street was contributing to the potential of violence. [Police] did not respond. In fact, law enforcement was standing passively by, waiting for violence to take place, so that they would have grounds to declare an emergency, declare an 'unlawful assembly' and clear the area."[146] On August 12, investigative news organization ProPublica published an article reporting that Virginia State Police troopers and Charlottesville police "wearing protective gear watched silently from behind an array of metal barricades" and allowed "white supremacists and counterprotesters to physically battle" without intervening. A. C. Thompson wrote that in "one of countless such confrontations," police watched passively as "an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counterprotesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible."[97]

      It's interesting that the police took a bystander approach to this rally. In the media we have have seen countless amounts of innocent victims being slain by the police in the defense that they were scared and in the Charlottesville rally, the police idled around until something happened. If the police are too afraid to do their jobs adequately then they don't have them or need more extensive training.

    4. "We all must be united and condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Let's come together as one!" He said, "we condem in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides."[207][208][209] He added, "What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order."[209]

      This quote is the stance that Trump took for the Charlottesville riots. The statement weighed the actions of the white supremacist and Neo Nazi groups as the same actions of counter protesters such as Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racists Action. The counter protesters were there to refute the hate and evil that white supremacists groups promoted. The counter protesters were reactionary, they gave what they were met with. Did Trump expect the counter protesters to just idle as they probably trampled,spat on, pushed and hit repeatedly? At some point of the riot, the counter protesters were practicing self defense and even when things settled down, a car came crashing into a innocent crowd of people resulting in 1 death.

    5. Tensions increased on the evening of Friday, August 11 when a group of white nationalists—variously numbered at dozens[79] or around 100[80]—marched through the University of Virginia's campus while chanting Nazi and white supremacist slogans, including[65] "White lives matter"; "you will not replace us"; and "Jews will not replace us."[6]

      White supremacy groups have a long history of radical hatred and killing.The protesters came to the rally spewing hate with malicious intent. They wanted violence to break out because if they didn't, they would have not brought weapons or been yelling hateful chants. The protester need to be called out for who they are and that is domestic terrorists.

    6. Numerous armed, right-wing militia groups were present at the rally, claiming to be there to protect the First Amendment rights of the demonstrators.

      The fact that right-wing militia groups were present at the rally tells me that it was never a peaceful rally to begin with. They may have claimed to be their to protect the demonstrators, but at a rally or a protest there shouldn't be a need for extensive weapons that militiamen would be carrying.

    7. Protesters at the rally carrying Confederate flags, Gadsden flags, and a Nazi flag

      That's absolutely awful that protesters were carrying the Nazi flag. The confederate flag is an awful and racist symbol as well. To bear these flags so openly is truly disgusting, and to live in a country where so many people try to justify their open hatred of entire groups is terrifying.

    8. "I urge students and all UVA community members to avoid the August 12 rally and avoid physical confrontation generally. There is a credible risk of violence at this event, and your safety is my foremost concern."[66] The University of Virginia Medical Center canceled all elective surgeries and preemptively activated its emergency response plan.[67][68] Fearing possible violence, the Virginia Discovery Museum and some downtown businesses closed for the day of the rally.[21]

      The fact that UVA urged students to avoid the rally, and businesses closed due to the anticipation of violence also says a lot about the group of people present at the rally.

    9. At around 1:45 p.m, a man linked to white-supremacist groups rammed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away from the rally site, killing one person and injuring 19.[7][11] Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the ramming as domestic terrorism, and authorities began a civil rights investigation to determine if the driver will be tried under hate crime statutes.[12]

      From what I heard, a lot of (white) people seemed hesitant to call the white-supremacist who rammed his car into the protesters a terrorist despite his actions being that of a terrorist. I'm sure had it been the other way around (a nonwhite person, or possibly a muslim ramming their car into a crowd of white supremacists), the general public would have been very quick to jump on his acts as terrorism and call it what it was.

    10. the Detroit Right Wings,

      This group played on the NHL team, the Detroit Red Wings. They inappropriately and unlawfully used the DRW logo during the protest. This is significant as it caused a huge uproar in DRW fans as they might have been improperly informed and assumed that DRW supported this protest and nationalist/supremacist group(s). DRW and NHL came out with a statement addressing the issue and stating they did not support the protests and groups involved.

    11. In his initial statement on the rally, U.S. President Donald Trump did not denounce white nationalists explicitly, instead condemning "hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides."

      When Donald Trump addressed the public about the Unite the Right rally, he criticized both sides for the violence, hatred, and bigotry. However, it caused an uproar of criticizing Donald Trump for not expressing the hatred, bigotry, and violence that the white nationalists brought about, which led people to felt as though he was implying there was nothing morally wrong with nationalists and supremacists. This a significant moment in history as others presidents would have made it known that they did not support a group that incites violence and hatred for others, yet Donald Trump "stayed neutral".

    12. In an address later in the day following the rally, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, flanked by Charlottesville mayor Michael Signer, and Charlottesville's police chief, directly addressed the rally participants: "I have a message to all the white supremacists and the Nazis who came into Charlottesville today. Our message is plain and simple. Go home ... You are not wanted in this great commonwealth."[181] Signer said he was disgusted that white supremacists came to his town and he faulted President Donald Trump for inflaming racial tensions during his 2016 campaign, stating: "I'm not going to make any bones about it. I place the blame for a lot of what you're seeing in America today right at the doorstep of the White House and the people around the president."[

      McAuliffe and Signer joined together as direct respondents to the Charlottesville attacks and condemn white supremacists and Nazis that came to the rally. They recognize that Trump and his staff can be to blame for the hate crimes that had been committed. I think that what they are referring to is the tolerance that Trump has had for these two specific groups. And, while these two men were expected to speak out about the Charlottesville incident, because they are directly tied to the city and state, it is still relieving to see that smaller political leaders, compared to the president, are able to speak out and attempt to condemn and influence future hate crimes by white supremacists and Nazis. They did not have to make a second statement denouncing these groups, because they said it in the first. There was no hesitation to stand up for what was right.

    13. Trump later tweeted "Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the #Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people!"[245

      This statement came from one of Trump's tweets, bashing the media, after his second statement he had made about the Charlottesville protests. What I find odd about this tweet is that Trump is so quick to denounce the news media when it goes against him, calling them "truly bad people," but he is so hesitant to denounce hate groups, like white supremacists, that largely caused the violence in Charlottesville. Trump did not think twice about denouncing the news media when it went against him, but thought twice about denouncing the hateful people who make up his base group of supporters. This is bad, truly bad...

    1. Thirty-two-year-old Heyer was killed Saturday when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a "Unite the Right" rally of white nationalist and other right-wing groups. Nineteen others were injured in the incident.

      Heather Heyer was killed fighting for the voices of many marginalized groups when man plowed a car into a crowd of counterprotesters. This act of violence was done by a young white supremacist at a "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. This goes to show how much people like Heather cared for their causes and how little regard white supremacists hold for those who oppose them.

    2. And that's what she died doing, she died fighting for what she believed in.

      Heather Heyer was standing up for what she believed in and wasn't backing down, which she was known for. She died helping others and fighting for what she believed in. It's sad and disappointing that individuals of different identities die every day, standing up and fighting for what they believe in, a lot of which is for the better of others. This is another significant time in history, much like others (i.e. women's rights march, black lives matter rallies, etc.), where multiple individuals have died because others cannot be civil and result to violence. It is extremely disappointing that this is the way the world is.

  2. Sep 2017
    1. '“I saw the car hit bodies, legs in the air,” she said. “You try to grab the people closest to you and take shelter.”'


      In a situation such as this, you can feel empathy for the victims and witnesses but you cannot truly relate with the victims and witnesses at this traumatic experience. I can only imagine the mental scars that have affected those there. Then on top of that, for media purposes, the witnesses were questioned about the rally and who really wants to keep discussing such an event? I do not understand how individuals can have so much hatred that they become inconsiderate of their impact. We are in era where individuals are becoming careless, dangerous and a race war that's getting bigger and bigger each day.

    2. " 'somebody died during Charlottesville, they were beating people during Charlottesville and to hear them be called “very nice people” I guess it lit the flame for me again.'”


      This quote came from a man that was conflicted between the purpose of protesting and if it's even worth it. Especially for minorities, we have to decided if we should speak and act on what we feel is right or should we stay silent and stay safe. It saddens me that people do not want to exercise their freedom of speech because there lives might be taken from them. In today's age, you would think that society would want to put differences inside and be peaceful but of course history has to consistently repeat itself and the hate will continue to destroy our world.

    3. The president did not single out any groups in his remarks, instead accusing "many sides" of violence.


      As we all know, the Presidential change was not one the nation actually was prepared for. Not only is Trump's structure in the office something we have never seen but his commentary, as the "President of the United States" made this tragedy even more unforgettable. As leader of this country, I feel as though one should always promote neutrality and peace. Acknowledging the wrong doings and wanting to fix the issues should be considered, but this obviously isn't necessary to Trump. On top of that, the White House is standing beside him as he call these white nationalist "very nice people" says so much about who's running this country. Personally, I do not feel safe with such an individual that talks about this rally as if its the victims fault.

    4. " ....a meticulously organized, well coordinated and heavily armed company of white nationalists; a fiercely resistant and determined group of counterprotesters prepared to stop the Saturday rally"


      When this tragedy occurred, I will be honest, I did not do any research. It was more because I did not want to read about yet another tragedy full of deaths and hate. This article analyzed behind-the-scenes of the intentions of the white nationalist. With the information given, you could the rally was well-organized and had full intentions of attacking others with opposing opinions. I thought that the violence was spontaneous but there is actually people that want to search around looking for people to perform hate crimes on. I feel as though people are not using the action of protest for the right reasons and they obviously need to be educated on freedom of SPEECH not freedom to do whatever you want to others.

    5. Charlottesville was a tragedy that no one saw coming, especially the late Heather Heyer. She was a paralegal and when she participated in a protest that stood for her beliefs, her life was sacrificed. After reading this article, it really made me realize how many innocent lives were taken due to what they believe in. There is people that die everyday for what they believe in and in this case, someone died because of differences. Tragedies like this is what separates our country and pulls us further away from becoming one. Lives are being sacrificed because people are taking their freedom of speech to the point of not accepting others. I have been in several protest and I am so grateful it has not escalated. There was a time when a white nationalist actually interrupted our peaceful protest and always took a few of my fellow peers out of their character, but they had to stand their ground and not let irrelevant people take them out of their element. It is getting crazy out in this world, and I don't even know if its controllable at this point.

    1. “The concern was that the fighting was in the middle of the crowd and that if we went in there, we would lose formation, lose contact,” Moran said. “We would be putting the public and law enforcement in jeopardy.”

      Police in Charlottesville didn't enter the fray right away because the chief was afraid that the troops would get lost among the crowd and lose touch with one another. This is significant because had police entered the arena sooner, maybe as soon as things began, the violence may not have swelled to the point that it did. I can see the chief's point too, not wanting to lose touch with your force and perhaps some being wounded or killed, certainly would have added more confusion and anger to the day. The article also states that the protesters had said that they were going to enter the park from a certain point only and instead came in from every angle. I can understand how this would have thrown the force off balance too. I have to ask myself though, "why would you trust a group like this to do what they say they're going to do?" Obviously there was no way of knowing how bad things would get so they couldn't have brought in the National Guard "just in case." Or could they have done? Historically many of these sorts of protests turn violent. I don't pretend to understand the workings of government, but in my mind a bigger show of force from the beginning may well have kept things under control. I do not in any way mean to minimize the injuries and losses experienced by people that took a stand, I hope it doesn't come across that way.

    1. Mr. Trump condemned, "in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides." He added: "It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump. Not Barack Obama. It's been going on for a long, long time."

      Trump's immediate reaction to the violence in Charlottesville was to condemn both sides of the battle. He did not single any hate groups out. He also repeats himself regarding racism by saying "it's been going on for a long, long time." I think that this is significant because it was his first reaction. He didn't think to call anyone out or condemn the hate groups for their behaviour. Yes, there was violence on both sides. Violence begets violence. When you hear that neo nazis and white supremacists are going to march through your town you might think about arming yourself. The other thing I find significant about this statement is his repetition of a child-like statement. For me this makes a statement about the sort of man our president is. That is to say he's either not well educated himself or that he thinks his country-people are not that well educated. Perhaps some of both. I was glad to see other politicians stand up and say the "right" things.

    2. "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremists groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together," a White House spokesman said in a statement. The White House would not attach a staffer's name to the statement.

      Trump made many statements regarding the violence in Charlottesville. He did finally call out the hate groups by name and called for national unity. This statement was made by a White House spokesperson who seemingly did not want his or her name attached to the statement. The significance of these sentences is, for me, that there are staffers in the White House that would rather remain anonymous. I this that shows that this president has a staff that don't particularly like him or are perhaps ashamed to be associated with him. I have heard in various news sources that this is the case. I know that not everyone will agree on a thing, but to be a part of a thing that you don't want your name associated with is pretty bad.

    3. We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK.

      Pence as well as Trump responding to the rally this way is ironic due to the way he campaigned throughout the primaries. This statement expresses that they both do not condemn violence, white supremacy, hate, etc. when in fact I would use all of these characteristics to describe Donald Trump, our President. Though he says he does not approve of this violence, he still condemned the alt right by saying both sides were wrong in their doing, as if it was comparable. The irony of these statements but then the words coming out of our President's mouth is quite contradicting and shows the lies and sneaky business the White House is trying to cover up of our President. During his campaign Donald Trump: made fun of a disabled reporter, called Mexicans "rapists", admitted to grabbing women of their genitals, and many more terrifying actions. This is the true Donald Trump, and the White House (as you can see) and co workers are doing their best to portray Donald Trump to be against all of this when in reality this is how we got voted into the office through hate.

    4. Mr. Trump's reaction drew praise from neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which wrote: "Trump comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us... No condemnation at all." The website had been promoting the Charlottesville demonstration as part of its "Summer of Hate" edition.

      It's unlikely that the white house isn't aware of this group and what they're saying. That makes Trump's refusal to explicitly denounce them much worse. I've heard hate crimes on marginalized people have increased since the election, even in our incredibly diverse mid-Michigan city. More and more I'm seeing people flat-out proclaim that Trump is their scapegoat. Furthermore, this means people can no longer defend the actions of the alt-right; they formally declared that they are a group whose mission is to spread hate.

    5. they "have no place in American public life and in the American debate."

      I don't think the KKK's arguments should be given any weight, but I do think that we should be discussing this. Just ignoring them isn't going to solve anything, and it's certainly not going to stop them from being hateful and dangerous. We need to address the underlying and systematic racism that is still prevalent in America today, and we need to discuss hateful groups in an appropriate manner.

    6. "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremists groups.

      Oh boy. Trump did a very bad job of condemning the KKK and Nazis. He said that there was "blame on all sides" because he has to appeal to his base of supporters. This was a completely inadequate reaction.

    7. The president did not answer questions from reporters about whether he rejected the support of white nationalists or whether he believed the car crash was an example of domestic terrorism. Aides who appeared on the Sunday news shows said the White House did believe those things, but many fellow Republicans demanded that Mr. Trump personally denounce the white supremacists.

      This statement further shows Donald's cowardice. He denied to answer question regarding his official stance of whether he supported or opposed the white nationalists. However the white house claimed that they did believe this was domestic terrorism, but it was not stated by the president. He avoided answering the questions entirely, showing that even most of the nation is against this white nationalist act of terrorism, he is too afraid to speak out against it because much of his support lies with these nazis. Silence on an issue that is so prevalent and important in today's society, when you are the commander in chief displays more negative aspects of your character. A woman died. Plain and simple, someone lost their life because of this terrorist group.

    8. "The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremists groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together," a White House spokesman said in a statement.

      I find this statement to be quite hilarious, the irony throughout this is absurd. Donald claims he opposes all forms of violence, yet during his campaign he boasted about how he could beat someone up or even shoot them and still not lose votes. He also encouraged people to get violent in his rallies, that his supporters should act against non supporters. Donald Trump and his statement made about the Charlottesville rallies are nothing short of an embarrassment and a joke. If one opposed all forms of "violence, bigotry, and hatred" then why would they state that there were "very fine people" on both sides, why would you give any sort of compliment/praise to a group of people whose main belief is something that you allegedly oppose?

    9. Mr. Trump's reaction drew praise from neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, which wrote: "Trump comments were good. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us... No condemnation at all." The website had been promoting the Charlottesville demonstration as part of its "Summer of Hate" edition.

      This section describes how Charlottesville demonstration was literally planned to portray neo-Nazi hate. They even had it titled on their website under "Summer of Hate". The website also praised Trump in how he reacted to the situation, not attacking them specifically. I believe this is significant because there is definitely a problem when a neo-Nazi group is praising the president. Yes maybe it was nice to not feel attacked, but based on evidence of their website postings and the actions that actually occurred, it was 100% intentional and something to condemn them about. This just makes me think of how there are so many extremists and biggots that support Trump in the past and present. Trump promoted racists ideology during his campaign and then on top of it, does not directly shut down a group that further perpetuates this mindset. All in all support from a neo-Nazi group says a lot ... There was also an article I saw in the NYT that said that a former imperial wizard of the KKK told reporters that they were going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump and take our country back.

    10. "We reject the racism and violence of white nationalists like the ones acting out in Charlottesville. Everyone in leadership must speak out.

      This quote is from Chris Christie, he is basically agreeing that Trump should have called out white nationalists groups and been more specific of how he has no tolerance for such groups. This is significant because Chris Christie is a strong supporter of Trump now. This is not someone that does not agree with Trump's views and presidency and just wants to speak more out against him. It is one of his supporters that wished he spoke up more and is encouraging him to do so. Connecting to this, makes me again think of during Trump's campaign, there were numerous people from his party refusing to vote for him. In other words, you had people that were once in support of the group/party, but because of what he was doing or not doing, people spoke their minds by not supporting him. On a more personal level, I have had times where my friends spoke up and told me they did not agree with certain decisions I was making. While they were in support as a whole, they did not accept what I was doing in a certain situation. In this sense, I realized that I may be blindsided and should take a step back and see what they were seeing. This I feel like is different thought, because Trump is not trying to or does not see what people do not agree with. At some points he does things to make everyone happy, while other times, he does things that creates a lot more issues and I don't think sees the wrong in him not calling out White nationalists.

    11. The president said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred, and of course that includes white supremacists, KKK, neo-Nazi, and all extremists groups.

      This statement is defending what Trump said in regards to Charlottesville, quoted from a White House spokesman. This spokesman is saying that it is implied when Trump said they condemn violence, bigotry and hatred on both sides, he was insinuating that this included white supremacist groups. However, I think this is significant because it demonstrated that Trump could not specifically condemn extremists groups. This could either be because he had supporters part of these groups or he thought it was easiest to take some kind of "middle stance" and blame "both sides". Yet, Charlottesville really did not have two sides. The white nationalists were the ones that slammed their car into a crowd of people, no question about that. This just made me think of during the campaign, it was demonstrated that Trump was once in contact and tweeted with the leader of the KKK. He claimed he didn't know who he was, but they had numerous contact that was found still on the internet. Also, Americans just seem so uncomfortable to even admit that there is this domestic terrorism. There always seems to be a focus on Terrorism that comes from "other" groups. We profile people constantly based on this, yet there are plenty of Americans that can do just as much damage within the country that remain taboo to talk about.

    12. "Hate and the division must stop, and must stop right now," he said. "We have to come together as Americans with love for our nation and ... true affection for each other.

      This section is directly of what Trump said in regards to Charlottesville, after blaming "many sides" he goes on and says basically that hate and violence against one another must end. We are all Americans that should come together and love each other. The significance of this is just how generic of a response this was. If it is pulled out of context we could be talking about countless events and topics. It isn't clear that it is not about terrorism or maybe just an average protest gone wrong. It is not clear that white supremacists are the one to condemn in this situation for what happened. Furthermore, with this statement, like Pence, Trump becomes a hypocrite in my eyes. He is preaching love and acceptance, yet doesn't demonstrate himself. He wants to build a wall, causing division; he wanted a Muslim ban, promoting hate and division. He would put down every minority group during his campaign. So, unless you are a white, cis, upper class man - you aren't American and did not deserve full respect from Trump during his campaign. How is this much different from some white nationalist groups ideals?

    13. We have no tolerance for hate and violence, white supremacists or neo-Nazis or the KKK. These dangerous fringe groups have no place in American public life and in the American debate, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms.

      This quote of VP Pence, does cover what I discussed earlier of what Trump missed; in other words, what he did not explicitly say. He singled out white supremacits//neo-Nazis//KKK and does say that they should not be associated in American public life. I took notice of this quote because it does show that Pence is trying to cover all ground by saying what Trump did not. This makes sense to me in the sense that Pence is more knowledgeable of the political arena, knowing know should be said and how it should be said. Nonetheless, this is still almost hypocritical. That is, Pence is strongly against the LGBT community (just like white supremacists groups) and wants to take extreme action (e.g. conversion therapy) similar to neo-Nazis groups do to minorities. It isn't necessarily surprising Pence would say what he said to cover his tracks, but based on his views and background, it does not exactly make me believe he means what he says.

    1. "Heather said, I want to go so badly but I don't want to get shot. I don't want to die," Jackson said. But Heyer went anyway because she wanted to stand up for what she believed in.

      Heather Heyer was someone who believed in equality and fighting for what is right. She wasn't someone who just talked the talk, she walked the walk as well. These statements from this piece say that she was afraid to go to the rally, but she believed in what was right so strongly that she went anyway. This is significant because had she not gone she would probably be alive today. Her martyrdom opened another line of conversation about the rally, bringing it home for many more people in my opinion. Her beliefs were so strong that she was willing to be injured or to die for them. It is people like these that can make the most significant difference. I have often felt the same way, wanting to help people and animals that don't have a voice. Many times there have been great lengths to which I would go.

    2. You gave us a national forum

      I suppose the one good thing to come out of Heyer's death was this "national forum". People are now speaking about her, her sacrifice, and the problems with racism America must address. This is significant because it gave the events of Charlottesville an even greater platform for discussion. Still, I feel like a lot of people have forgotten about her or are too busy claiming that counter-protesting is "violent" to really absorb anything meaningful from this.

    3. "Heather said, I want to go so badly but I don't want to get shot. I don't want to die,"

      This is powerful. It's important to remember that Meyer didn't want to be a martyr--she was a person who wanted to keep fighting for what was right. Although her death started a "national forum", she should never have died. It's also important to remember that White Supremacists/Nazis are responsible for her death--no one else.

    4. we didn't want neo-Nazis and alt-right and racists to come into our city and think they could spread freely their hate, and their bigotry and their racism. We wanted to let them know that we were about love, that we were would overpower them ...

      It really gets under my skin when people complain about other people protesting Nazis. I know when I was leaning about the Holocaust, I always imagined what I'd do in a situation that awful and how I'd try to help. I imagine almost everyone has thought of this and then convinces themselves that they would've tried to help Jewish people and stand up against Hitler. But then something like this happens and it becomes so obvious to me that people who claim counter-protesting is "violent" and counter protestors are "just as bad as Nazis" would have done none of the noble things they imagined themselves doing. Claiming that "both sides are at fault" is just a ridiculous way of avoiding an uncomfortable conversation about racism in America.

    5. "This wasn't a video game, buddy," she said in an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper. "This was real people. There are real consequences to what you did. I'm sorry you've chosen to do that. You have ruined your life and you've disturbed mine, but you took my child from me."

      This particular quote got me thinking about how some people seem to perceive events like this. What happened here was so horrible. Many got hurt and this poor brave girl Heather died while trying to peacefully protest . The thing is though following this their were many nasty comments about how she deserved it, things so inhuman I couldn't believe people could say it as a response to someone's death and many others' injuries. For example I saw a comment on Facebook where some individual said she deserved to die in this way because she was fat and useless because she hadn't had a child at her age. It seems to me these kinds of people don't realize this isn't just a video this is reality. Its scary and horrible for lack of a better words. It changes peoples lives and as long as people on both sides continue to watch these news stories and view them as if they're another world nothing will change. There needs to be action hopefully peaceful and hopefully in the good spirit of Heather Heyer for a better world not a more hateful like these Nationalists would like to see. We can't watch these events as if they aren't a reality and not take action in any small or large way that we can.

    6. Heather's father Mark Heyer said his daughter had strong convictions and was passionate about helping people.

      A woman named Heather Heyer was viscously killed from a twenty year old white supremacist purposely drove down a road where counter protestors were located to hurt them. This resulted in many people injured, and the death of Heather Heyer. She was there to stand in solidarity with her friends who were being oppressed and as this quote demonstrates who she is as a person, trying to help others which I find quite heroic. Heather is a hero for dying to stand with and for other people, and I highly admire her for this. This goes to show the type of person Heather was and how she left a legacy of being passionate and helping people. This is such a tragic event as it feels society is repeating history. It reminds me of World War II with the Nazis, along with terrorists driving into people of purpose which is what James is: a terrorist. We must honor Heather in her bravery to die for helping others as well as having a deep reflection of ourselves and what we are or will do to fight the good fight.

    7. Mark Heyer said the only way to get through this tough time is to remember God teaches us to forgive."We need to start with forgiveness and stop all of the hate," he said.

      Its amazing to see that although he lost his daughter, Heather Heyer's father Mark still remembers that God teaches us to love and forgive. All too often religion is used at a catalyst for hatred, many (not all) conservative individuals, nazis, white supremacists, etc. use religion to place themselves above all others. It is inspiring to see that despite the pain he has been caused by these alt-right groups, he still wants to carry out his daughter's beliefs of love and acceptance. He is defying human instinct, taking the high road, recognizing that there is no place for hate in this world.

    1. DeAndre Harris, a black teacher's aide from Charlottesville, was brutally beaten by white supremacists in a parking garage close to Police Headquarters; the assault was captured by photographs and video footage.[69][99] The footage showed a group of six men[100] beating Harris with poles, metal pipe, and wood slabs,[69][101] as Harris struggled to pick himself off the ground.[101] Harris suffered a broken wrist and serious head injury.[102] The attack was investigated by Charlottesville police, with help from the Virginia State Police and FBI.[99] On August 27, Daniel P. Borden was arrested and charged with malicious wounding in connection with the assault.[100][103] Another man, Alex Michael Ramos, was also charged with malicious wounding in connection with the attack,[100] and was arrested the following day.[3] Separately at the rally, "a man was captured on video shooting at the ground in the direction of an African-American counterprotester."[100] Richard W. Preston, the self-identified imperial wizard of the Confederate White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was arrested on August 25 and charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.

      There were so many occurrences that I hadn't known about before. Heather Heyer was widely discussed, but I was under the impression that her death was the act of violence that ended the rally. There were many acts, mostly racial hate-crimes, but also violence aimed at the LGBTQ community and others. The city had even attempted to reduce the damage by directing the rally away from the mall where a brawl took place, but they were limited in what steps they were allowed to take.

    2. the Detroit Right Wings

      This section of the article explains all of the protestors that were there as well as used. It shows that the Detroit Redwings were there to protest, but this can be misleading. The actual hockey team was not there protesting, as it was their logo that was unfortunately used for this protest. Right when this happened, the Detroit Red Wings made a clear statement that not only were they a part of this rally, but they also do not support their logo being a part of such a horrible protest. This is why it is important to read various articles so there is no confusion as to who protested and who did not. Their logo was taken and abused for this rally which is an unfortunate event. I see this happen all of the time throughout media and articles, taking one small aspect of something and turning into something that it is not meant to be. This is why it is important to be able to read between the lines.

    3. His statement and his subsequent defenses of it were seen by critics as implying moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them.

      Donald Trump went on television to give a statement in regards to the Charlottesville rally and caused an uproar by supporting the alt right. He expressed that the alt right were on the same playing field as the counter protestors, which was absurd. This is significant due to the fact that it shows the President's true colors as being a white supremacists himself. Examples from this comes from demeaning women, being a racist and a bigot during the primary, election, and current day. I have never seen anything like this as the leader of our country supporting the alt right, and only compare this to a dictatorships mentality.

    4. n the wake of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, efforts were made across the country to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces and rename streets honoring notable figures from the Confederacy. While often successful, those efforts often faced a backlash from conservatives or people concerned about protecting their Confederate heritage.[10] The August 11–12 rally was organized to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue honoring the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, which had been renamed from Lee Park in June 2016.[13][14] The event was organized by Jason Kessler who had taken up the cause in March 2016 when Charlottesville vice-mayor Wes Bellamy held a press conference to call for removal of the statue. Kessler, who refers to Bellamy as "anti-white," had exposed a series of offensive tweets made by Bellamy and unsuccessfully tried to remove him from office.

      So essentially the people involved on the white supremacy side of this rally claimed to be in opposition of the removal of confederate monuments and claimed their confederate heritage. This is significant because even though they claimed to be protesting the removal of the monuments, they were shouting horrible, racially bigoted slurs. Their messages should have been about the monuments themselves, not minorities and other non-white individuals. This is why this rally was not about the monuments at all, it was about a group of people filled with so much hate that they began to attack people who were different. Also this "confederate heritage" is one based solely on racism. The confederate flag is here today because of racism, that flag was created with the intent to keep black people as slaves instead of letting humans be equal to other humans.

    5. homophobic

      Audre Lorde's essay, There is no Hierarchy of Oppressions, explains how any attack on Black lives also serves to be an attack on other marginalized identities through the concept of intersectionality.


    6. the Detroit Right Wings

      The Red Wings' logo was unlawfully taken, reproduced, and disfigured to fit the far right groups intentions. The Detroit Red Wings were not involved in this protest.



    1. Listen to ‘The Daily’

      This audio that was placed in this article was startling to hear as it starts off by hearing the neo Nazis chanting, "Jews will not replace us". This was an in depth, detailed explanation of what truly happened that devastating Saturday. Hearing that they appeared in armor with shields, goes to show how intense and violent they were prepared to be against others. They started prior to noon which crossed into the counter protestors which is where the violence began. This interview is significant because I was not aware of half of the things that happened and it was heartbreaking and uncomfortable to hear and listen to. It is important to feel uncomfortable and to have your stomach turn because people must be aware of what is happening in our current world because this is real and is not going away. It was also scary to hear young people made most of the neo Nazis up being around my age. It is important that we educate our future generations properly so we do not repeat history, as we currently are in comparison to World War II in regards to the Nazis.

    2. Listen to ‘The Daily’

      I am annotating the title of the audio recording because my annotation is actually things mentioned within the recording. After listening to the recording and having watched many videos on the events in my personal time, as well as in other classes, something stood out. So everyone knows that this entire situation was unacceptable and morally wrong, however the deeper I dive into the details of the mindset behind the white nationalists, the darker things seem to get. In the recording Sheryl Stolberg described the white nationalists on that Saturday morning, as dressed in helmets, shields, and large weapons, almost "preparing for battle" as she said. This description just makes me wonder that much more how Donald Trump could proclaim that there were "very fine" people on both sides when one of the sides was essentially preparing to kill those who opposed them?

    3. I find it interesting that these white nationalists can realize that if their identity while protesting were to get out it would cause them trouble in the future if they ever seeked office; however didn't seem to make the connection that the reason for their concern was that they realize what they are doing unwanted or wrong. They somehow believe they are the victims because other people are gaining the same rights they already have. As if when everyone became equal they would become less. The thought behind this make no sense to me. How could one not want others to be at their social level so badly that you would protest with almost seemingly intent for violence. The fact that they planned ahead with masks and such and openly admitted to that says to me they had intent that this would become what it did.

    4. The difference between a patriot and a nationalists should be addressed. The difference between patriotism and nationalism is that the patriot is proud of their country for what it does , and the nationalist is proud of their country no matter what it does ; the first attitude creates a feeling of responsibility while the second a feeling of blind arrogance that leads to a war .

    5. White Nationalists demonstrators refused to give their last names when tried to be interviewed at the rally. They said that they wanted to maintain anonymity in case they wanted to run for office in the future. However, most nationalists did not cover their faces or try to conceal their identities.

    6. Name of the rally: Unite the Right.

      The university of Virginia was in interim during the protest. White nationalists marched with torches throughout University of Virginia the night before chanting homophobic, antisemitic, and racial slurs. The President of the university advised students to refrain from attending the rally, stating that their safety comes first.

    1. Trump fires back at critics of his Charlottesville response

      In this video, Fox News journalists debate the pros and cons of Trump's secondary response to the Charlottesville riot. Among the arguments, one man attempts to imply that the left initiated the violence long before Charlottesville was even part of the equation. He even compares the left to a cult- while subsequently claiming that "make America great again" is not a divisive slogan. Even his biggest supporters say he will never admit when he's wrong, and I think it's disgusting that they're okay with that. I can't stand how the main reporter has so much patience to listen to the man on his right, but no patience for the woman on his left. The main reporter calls Trump's response a "PR Hit" instead of calling it what it is: a blatantly ignorant and hateful reply.

    1. egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.

      The only word I can use to describe this unscripted quote is "nauseating." I'd like to know where Trump gets his news from, because I've yet to hear of any violence incited by the people who are just there to proclaim that their lives matter just as much as any other American.

    2. Saturday's rally was the latest event drawing white nationalists and right-wing activists from across the country to this Democratic-voting town -- a development precipitated by the city's decision to remove symbols of its Confederate past.

      This situation would be depressingly ironic if I could get past the anger. Is there anything more un-American than confederate symbols? We're supposed to be a country of freedom- but clearly to these horribly misled people, you're only allowed freedom if you're white, straight and cisgender. We should be proud that the confederates weren't allowed to continue practicing hate after the civil war; these people want to celebrate an awful dark side to our nation's past.

    1. Its sad that people still need to go out and talk about racism and how to get rid of it. White supremacy does a ton of harm to many groups. Those who protest on the side of white supremacists harm many but never feel the affects of the actions they take. They have nothing to lose nor gain but the satisfaction of staying superior to others. People like Turner have a lot of strength to go out and talk about and teach when it seems so obvious to many we shouldn't have to anymore. We should all just have the same rights as one another. No group is superior to another.

    1. "There are two sides to a story. I thought what took place was a horrible moment for the country, but there are two sides to a story," the president said Tuesday.

      This statement is really frustrating because as our president we would like to hear him say that white supremacy will not be accepted. Instead we hear a narrative of essentially well there are two sides to a story and what happened was terrible. but whatever these things happen. There should be no question on his stance. There is no good reason for a group to carry weapons through a city in protest and have a member of said group drive through a large group of people and have the president not come out and say this group is not acceptable. Yes,m there was violence on both sides, both sides brought weapons such as bats, however there are the people who had peaceful intent and those who did not.

    1. Both statues were covered in black tarpaulins last month as a symbol of mourning for Heather Heyer, the woman who was killed at the Aug. 12 rally.

      I make me happy to see that there were many forms of mourning for this brave woman. I think the statues coming down will definitely anger some people, but really the fact these statues are still up shows that as a nation we aren't yet finished with racism. Its a good step to remove them from the public so that white supremacists and other groups don't get the idea that the ideals of these historical figures are still okay. Naturally I believe these statues should find homes in museums, but not in public spaces where they can be celebrated and make impressions to some that things such as racism are okay.