This weekend marked the one year anniversary of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
August 11, 2017 marked a new day on the calendar for those in Charlottesville and around the nation, when a violent group of white supremacists bombarded the city’s historic Downtown Mall with only one goal in mind–chaos and destruction.
The weekend’s events left three people dead, and dozens of others injured as the city became a stomping grounds for radical racism, political division, and hopelessness of the future ahead.
One year later, thousands flipped to the new day on their calendars to be reminded of the events of last year. Several groups gathered to once again protest and counter-protest. They argued about a Robert E. Lee statue, and they laid flowers in remembrance of those who tragically lost their lives just one year ago.
As with almost anything in this age, you can bet the media covered every violent act that went down over this weekend. Whether it’s the four people arrested prior to Saturday’s demonstrations, or literally being the fuel to the fire that was Unite the Right 2 as the group made their way to Washington DC. The media was the first to remind us of how messed up and violent parts* of our world are.