On Saturday, the nation watched as hundreds of white supremacist armed with weapons, tiki torches, bearing Nazi flags joined forces during the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Tensions quickly rose between Alt-Right protesters and demonstrators opposed to their radical ideals, ultimately resulting in complete chaos and the loss of three lives.
On Sunday, Atlanta demonstrators took the streets to remember the lives taken and to denounce racism and hatred occurring around the country.
Progressive organization, All Out Atlanta, coordinated the memorial and march, which began Sunday night in Woodruff Park ending at Piedmont Park after dark.
Protesters marched, chanted and criticized President Donald Trump for inciting racial violence through his dangerous rhetoric.
No one was harmed during the peaceful protest, however, a statue of a Confederate soldier in Piedmont park was spray painted stemming from the march.
A usually outspoken President Trump failed to denounce the KKK and White Nationalist following Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, however under intense scrutiny from the media and Republican politicians he rebounded Monday afternoon saying, “Racism is evil — and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
32-year old Heather Heyer was killed and 19 people were injured after 20-year old James Alex Fields allegedly drove a Dodge Challenger into a crowd of people. Fields is currently being held in jail after a judge denied his bail on charges of 2nd degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of hit and run.
Last month over 30 members and supporters of the white supremacist group, Loyal White Knights, peacefully rallied in unity to preserve the countries heritage after Charlottesville City Council voted to remove General Robert E. Lee’s statue.
This rally, however, ended in bloodshed and agony leaving the country to wonder how could this happen in 2017.
“Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike at the very core of America,” said Trump, the man who vowed to ‘Make America Great Again’.
- Julien Virgin is a staff writer at CBS Radio Atlanta