White Nationalists Rally at University of Virginia
It was an intense kind of Friday night for the students of the University of Virginia and residents of Charlottesville, Virginia as they have witnessed an angry mob of White Nationalists groups. The rally was participated mostly by white men with torches and were shouting intimidating chants.
The University of Virginia is in Charlottesville, Virginia. Information says that the city became a target for white nationalist groups due to the plan of removing a statue. The statue is Robert E. Lee who led the Army of Northern Virginia during the American Civil War. Prior to the Friday night rally, there was a rally demonstrated by the white nationalist group last July.
White Nationalist Groups organized a rally on the night of August 11, 2017
The President of the University, Teresa A Sullivan, and Mayor of Charlottesville, Mike Signer both expressed their disappointment on the distasteful act shown by the White Nationalist groups. Sullivan specifies that unlawful acts done especially to the members of the community will be held accountable. Mayor Mike Signer mentions the First Amendment of the United States Constitution which states that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” He mentions that the group’s expression of their opinion is acceptable by the law, but their actions are beyond respectable.
During the Friday night riot, one arrest and several injuries were reported as a result of the confrontation between the White Nationalist group, the students and some university police officers. The President of the University of Virginia urges the student to not join the incoming protest on August 12, Saturday as to protect them from harm. She mentions that the white nationalist groups will be confrontational and be very physical to the opposing group which may result to injury in the group of the students. Sullivan advises the students not to fight fire with fire as the nationalist group is looking for ways to catch the attention of many people.
White Nationalist Groups held a rally infront of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia
The heated confrontation during the Friday night continued until Saturday. The White Nationalist Groups paraded around the city which resulted to some intense confrontation with the residents. Reported casualties during the Charlottesville Saturday were one mortality caused by a hit-and-run and 19 injuries. The victim of the hit-and-run is a 32-year old woman and the suspect was charged for the said incident plus murder and wounding. Also, another addition to the mortality count is the death of two state troopers due to a helicopter crash.
The University of Virginia was supposed to host discussions and talks on reflective conversation. Reflective conversations will showcase its commitment to mutual respect and inclusion. The President of the University Sullivan hopes the series of University seminars open a door to a community-wide conversation on the critical issues facing our community and our nation. But due to the incident on Saturday, the events were called off due to the declaration of a local state of emergency.
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Amongst the angry mob of the White Nationalist groups is James Allsup who identified as part of the Washington State University College Republicans. Many have expressed that this student leader is racist, but he defends himself that he is paleoconservative which means that he advocates old or traditional forms of conservatism.