Two years ago to the date, the ‘Unite the Right‘ rally descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, the second and most impactful of two days, to be specific. The events that unfolded from that awful day left a scar on the legacy of the historically rich city of Charlottesville. The ‘rally’ was largely based around the city of Charlottesville’s attempts to remove the controversial monument to Robert E Lee at Market Street Park, previously named, Emancipation Park, and Lee Park.
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The 2017 event, coined by some as having ‘good and bad’ folks on both sides, certainly had no shortage of shockwaves and implications in the political world. Both political sides are correct in their condemnations of hate and the racially charged rhetoric that came from ‘the right’ that day, and the horrible situation that led to the death of Heather Heyer. That being said, the city of Charlottesville and many protestors on the left had their share of controversy as well.
Considering that ‘AntiFa’ played a role in ramping up verbal rhetorical into political violence, that part of the event should not be brushed off either, not to mention the fact that there were stand-down orders issued to the police when they could have been doing much more to stem the tide of tragic violence. The violence that caused shockwaves in the community and our nation as a whole.
Biden took to Twitter to make a political statement, hurling accusations at President Trump for his rhetoric in the wake of today’s 2nd anniversary of Heather Heyer’s death.
Other politicians took to Twitter as well to express their opinions and angle on today’s anniversary as well. As of this article, it doesn’t appear that President Trump has tweeted out anything on way or another on the subject.
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Locals held a candlelight vigil yesterday to ‘reclaim’ the streets and remember lives lost. Signs along 4th Street NE were previously added to honor Heather Heyer saying “Heather Heyer Way” and **Honorary** above it, the road where the tragic car crash that killed Heyer occurred.
Nancy Carpenter was part of the candlelight vigil and has a simple message for the community about this year’s two-year anniversary of Aug. 12, 2017.
“I want to be a peaceful remembrance of the terrorism that my community experienced two years ago,” Carpenter said. “We do not forget the people who lost their lives and hurt. We also show that we can move forward and love and unity.”
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Breaking update: controversial leaders of the 2017 event Jason Kessler and Matt Parrott have refiled a lawsuit in federal court claiming the city of Charlottesville refused to protect their assembly.
The suit names the City of Charlottesville, current City Manager Tarron Richardson, former City Manager Maurice Jones, former city police chief Al Thomas, and state trooper Becky Crannis-Curl as defendants.
Kessler and Parrott said they wanted to speak and hear others speak “and engage in expressive political activity” in opposition to the city’s decision to remove the Lee statue from what is now Market Street Park. They claim the city knew Antifa would show up and confront Unite the Right protesters — and allowed them to do so violently so the city could declare an “unlawful assembly” and disband the gathering to which they objected.
It will be interesting to see who else speaks out throughout the day and what type of national coverage there is on the two year anniversary of ‘Unite the Right’.
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