Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Victim's mom: Let's focus on why she was there

Victim's mom: Let's focus on why she was there

President Trump - who has drawn accusations of furthering the racial divide in America - condemned last year's events in Charlottesville in a tweet Saturday morning, saying they "resulted in senseless death and division".

"We must come together as a nation", Trump wrote on Twitter from his golf club in New Jersey.

That drew criticism from the NAACP's Sherrilyn Ifill, who tweeted back: " 'All types.' 'Both sides.' Continuing to advance a narrative of moral equivalency between racists and those opposed to racism, so as not to tick off his white supremacist supporters". "Peace to all Americans".

Trump's tweet Saturday, his first public mention of the anniversary, did not label the event as a white supremacist rally or specify that it was a white rallygoer who rammed his auto into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one.

Almost one year after Heather Heyer was killed by a auto plowing into a crowd during the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, her mother continues fighting for the same causes Heyer was fighting for that fateful day.

Two Virginia state troopers, Lt. H. Jay Cullen and trooper-pilot Berke M.M. Bates, also died during the white nationalist rally.

A group of more than 200 protesters - students, residents and others - then marched to another part of the University of Virginia's campus, where many in the crowd shouted at officers in riot gear forming a line.

As clashes broke out, a man in Charlottesville from the Unite the Right side plowed a vehicle through a group of counterprotesters, leaving 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and dozens others injured.

Man taunts bison in Yellowstone National Park
The video was posted by Lindsey Jones; it was taken taken in Hayden Valley in Yellowstone on Tuesday evening (July 31). Rangers first arrested him in Grand Teton National Park for alleged public intoxication and causing a disturbance.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Thursday she signed an order to escalate emergency operations in preparation of the rally that is scheduled to take place Sunday at Lafayette Square, a park across the street from the White House.

The following day, Trump appeared to double down on his initial remark and suggested that "both sides" were to blame. Authorities eventually forced the crowd to disperse, but a vehicle later barreled into a crowd of peaceful counterprotesters, killing Heyer and injuring dozens more.

Lisa Woolfork, a University of Virginia professor and Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer, said police are mounting a "huge, overwhelming show of force to compensate for last year's inaction".

Some say they had hoped for better relations this year. Instead, the rally is planned for Sunday evening in Washington, where counterprotesters have already massed to counter the presence of white nationalists and other far-right groups.

Some nearby businesses, such as the Lincoln restaurant, said they will close early on Sunday to avoid any conflict or confrontations. Today, we honor Heather, and all who stood up to hate, by recommitting ourselves to fighting all forms of racism and bigotry.

Thousands of people are expected to protest against white supremacy at multiple rallies across Washington DC.

Jason Kessler, the primary organizer of last summer's rally, sued the city of Charlottesville after it refused to issue him a permit for another event this weekend.

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