The Struggle for Charlottesville

The Struggle for Charlottesville

A year has passed since white supremacists descended en masse on Charlottesville, Virginia for the “Unite the Right” rally. What began on August 11, 2017 with a torchlit march through the University of Virginia’s famous Lawn culminated the next day in a violent confrontation at the downtown site of the historic Robert E. Lee statue. The chaotic melee led to the death of Heather Heyer in a car-ramming attack and of two State Police officers in a helicopter accident, as well as dozens of injuries. Ever since, the city has continued to feel the quieter aftershocks, in ways that reflect deep fissures in American society.

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