“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” -James Baldwin
The violence that erupted in Charlottesville last weekend has been the face of America since the beginning of time and no one knows that better, or has experienced the hatred and destructive, evil force of racism and bigotry greater, and longer, than Black people in this country. White nationalists and right-wing protesters who have converged on Charlottesville, Virginia, have been using a Nazi rallying cry "blood and soil." The group gathered to protest Charlottesville's plan to remove relics of its Confederate past, such as a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The "blood and soil" chants began Friday night when torch-bearing protesters marched at the University of Virginia and clashed with counterprotesters.
More white nationalist protesters continued the cries during Saturday's gatherings. White Supremacy Terrorism: Carrying Tiki torches, a group of white supremacists partake in a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.The group gathered to protest Charlottesville's plan to remove relics of its Confederate past - specifically a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. MADE IN AMERICA ‘Charlottesville Is Just the Beginning’? Emboldened and proclaiming victory after a bloody weekend in Virginia, white nationalists are planning more demonstrations to promote their agenda following the violence that left a woman dead and dozens injured.
The University of Florida said white provocateur Richard Spencer, whose appearances sometimes stoke unrest, is seeking permission to speak there next month. And white nationalist Preston Wiginton said he is planning a “White Lives Matter” rally at Texas A&M University in September. Also, a neo-Confederate group has asked the state of Virginia for permission to rally at a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond on Sept. 16, and other events are likely. "We’re going to be more active than ever before,” Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist leader, said Monday. James Alex Fields Jr., a young man who was said to idolize Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in high school, was charged with killing a woman by slamming a car into a group of counter-protesters at the white nationalist rally Sunday in Charlottesville, Va. Fields, 20, who recently moved to Ohio from his home state of Kentucky, was held without bail on murder charges. He was photographed at the rally behind a shield bearing the emblem of the white nationalist Vanguard America, though the group denied he was a member.
The U.S. Justice Department said it will review the violence, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions told ABC that the death of counter-protester Heather Heyer, 32, met the definition of domestic terrorism. A neo-Nazi website that helped promote the gathering said there will be more events soon.