Blackburn: Charlottesville Riot Violence Has 'No Place in Civil Society'

Elias Hubbard
August 13, 2017

The violence broke out ahead of the "Unite the Right" rally by white supremacists protesting against the planned removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee from a park in the college town of Charlottesville, 256 kilometres from Virginia. If the head of state can not name evil where it appears, it's even more important for citizens to call it out.

Trump had not previously spoken about the clashes in Charlottesville on Saturday morning, which came after a Friday night rally by neo-Nazis marching through the historic University of Virginia campus with torches and Nazi garb.

He called on "swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives", and said that, "No child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time".

"Trump rejected that notion and talked about violence 'from many sides, '" another Stormfront commenter replid.

Very soon after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, Trump tweeted that he was "right on radical Islamic terrorism".

Some observers also argue that Mr Trump's election to the White House re-energised the far right across the US. But try as they might, people of color will find it hard to achieve unity with white supremacists shouting slogans like "blood and soil".

"We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for", the president stated on Twitter shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday.

That was not how the Charlottesville mayor assessed the chaos that led the governor to declare a state of emergency, contending that Trump's campaign fed the flames of prejudice. He then wrote "There is no place for this kind of violence in America".

In May, a torch-wielding group that included prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer gathered around the statue for a nighttime protest, and in July, about 50 members of a North Carolina-based KKK group traveled there for a rally, where they were met by hundreds of counter-protesters.

Charlottesville's police chief Al Thomas said that a 32-year old woman was killed while crossing a street, when a vehicle surged into a crowd of what witnesses said were counter-demonstrators.

State police said that two people had also died in a helicopter crash shortly after the auto crash. He didn't attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us.

"I would guess it was going 30 miles per hour".

Later in the day, Trump tweeted condolences to the woman who was killed and his "best regards" to those injured.

"There can be no doubt that the appalling display of white supremacy and hatred on display in Charlottesville today was the precipitator of the violence", said National Nurse Union executive director RoseAnn DeMoro.

Trump was criticized by members of both political parties for not specifying white nationalists in his comments about the violence in Charlottesville. His chief strategist, Steve Bannon, once declared that his former news site, Breitbart, was "the platform for the alt-right".

"But the incitement of hatred that got us here is as real and condemnable as the white supremacists in our streets".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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