Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes

Washington braces for white nationalists a year after Charlottesville clashes

'What I've learnt is a lethal form of attack will happen when everyone is relaxed, so be careful'. Kessler backed off plans for another rally this summer and turned his focus to an event in Washington, D.C.

Past year in Charlottesville, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other members of hate groups marched through the University of Virginia campus shouting anti-Semitic slogans, then fought with counterprotesters in the city streets.

"A group of white nationalists came to a peaceful Virginia town seeking to use hate and division to incite violence against fair-minded, innocent civilians", Warner tweeted. Susan Bro tells NPR that her daughters' legacy is a call to action.

'As long as I'm working, I'm not thinking too much or feeling too much, ' Bro said.

"It feels oppressive, but I think they're doing what they need to do, or what they feel they need to do", Diane Hellman, who lives in Charlottesville said.

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"Rather than tearing each other down with hatred, racism & violence, we can lift one another up, strengthen our communities and strive to help every American achieve his or her full potential!"

In recent months, anxiety over racial bias and racism has been exemplified in instances in which police were called on people of color for innocuous acts like napping in a dormitory common room, having a barbecue and going to the pool.

"We must come together as a nation", he said. "Peace to ALL Americans!" the president tweeted.

Bro's visit this weekend to the place where her daughter, Heather Heyer, 32, died is emblematic of her grit and the objective she found after the violent episode that shocked Charlottesville and the nation.

The white nationalist movement has partially splintered in the past year, with some blaming Kessler for the bad press generated by Charlottesville. Some leading figures in the US white nationalist movement have said they won't attend or have encouraged supporters to stay away. A "Rally for Justice" was also scheduled in the evening.

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"I just think that we all very aware of what type of person now occupies the White House and the terrorism that has faced the nation because - partly because he's there", Mayor Nikuyah Walker said on CNN Friday.

Numerous most prominent white supremacist leaders from last year's rally have suffered setbacks in the past year, a result of forceful counter-protests, a series of lawsuits filed against different white supremacist leaders, movement feuds and infighting, and, in one case, prosecution for domestic violence.

The goal is to keep rally goers and counter protesters separate in order to avoid violent confrontations.

"They marched chanting the slogans "Jews will not replace us" and 'blood and soil, ' a classic Nazi chant", Lance said of the Virginia rally. 'We're accustomed to protests in Washington and the rules are pretty simple: don't hurt anyone and don't break anything'.

"'All types.' 'Both sides.' Continuing to advance a narrative of moral equivalency between racists and those opposed to racism, so as not to tick of his white supremacist supporters", Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund, posted on Twitter.

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A anti-fascist protest in Charlottesville on Saturday passed off with little trouble.

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