August 11 and 12th mark the first anniversary of the Charlottesville riot.
Prior to the riots, the Virginia town was known for it’s college, UVA, but that all changed when white supremacists flocked there with torches to protest the taking down of Confederate statues and to wreak havoc on counter-protesters.
This was a particularly dark moment in American history that lead to the tragic murder of Heather Heyer, sparked numerous attacks on people of color and caused the President to publicly state that there are some very fine Neo-Nazis.
Folks took to Twitter to reflect on the year anniversary, the current state of America and Trump’s inability to stand up against hate.
Never Forget: Twitter Sounds Off On First Anniversary Of The Charlottesville Riot was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
1. White Supremacy, A Year Later
August 11 and 12th mark the first anniversary of the Charlottesville riots. Prior to the riots, the Virginia town was known for it’s college, UVA, but that all changed when white supremacists flocked there with torches to protest the taking down of Confederate statues and to wreak havoc on counter-protesters. This was a particularly dark moment in American history that lead to the tragic murder of Heather Heyer, sparked numerous attacks on people of color and caused the President to publicly state that there are some very fine Neo-Nazis. Folks took to Twitter to reflect on the year anniversary, the current state of America and Trump’s inability to stand up against hate.
As the anniversary of the infamous ‘Unite the Right’ rally in #Charlottesville approaches, we remember Heather Heyer, a true patriot who was murdered by a domestic terrorist because she stood up for what is right and good about America. https://t.co/ZXahjNQNp0 @HouseDemocrats— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) August 10, 2018
Hey folks, especially those who are seeing BlacKkKlansman this weekend, keep informing yourselves and make sure you watch the Frontline episode Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.— A Shady Dame From Seville (@SorayaMcDonald) August 11, 2018
Violent white supremacists still hold security clearances.https://t.co/pDMZm7opVm
Trump didn’t “call for peace,” @USATODAY. He used coded language—“all types of racism”—to signal his fellow white supremacists to feel as aggrieved as those whom they terrorize and kill. He sought to dilute the meaning of a word. Please do not do the same. https://t.co/iADeDLR3kO— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 11, 2018
I really can’t even think about Charlottesville too much. It’s too upsetting.— ⚓️🚢Imani Gandy 🚢⚓️ (@AngryBlackLady) August 11, 2018
Watching the media talk about sentient cars killing #HeatherHeyer while allowing white supremacists to spread their hate under the guise of “we need to expose them” is just too much to deal with rn.
White Supremacy Illustration of the Day: The fact that this deadly "Unite the Right" movement is allowed to convene again after Charlottesville but more than 4 Black Teens is enough to be labeled "gang activity" that needs to broken up.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) August 11, 2018
We will not forget what happened in #Charlottesville a year ago this weekend, or the victims of that ugly day in our country’s history. Racism, bigotry and hate have no place in this country. We will not compromise on this.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 11, 2018
Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in #Charlottesville, reminding us of the unfortunate reality that intolerance and racial hatred still plague our country. Our hope is to raise our voices and to vote out the hate. #TurnOut18— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) August 11, 2018
One year after the white supremacist rally and deadly attack in #Charlottesville, @HRC is amplifying messages from our staff, members and supporters on the importance of speaking out against racism, white supremacy and bigotry, and remaining #UnitedAgainstHate. pic.twitter.com/3tWAhnyMLI— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 11, 2018
Let’s get something right about #Charlottesville:— zyahna bryant. (@ZyahnaB) August 6, 2018
We, the people here on the ground, KNEW that violence was coming. The police CHOSE not to take action. We were CLEARLY threatened and promised violence leading up to that day. The people in power told us to turn the other cheek.
One year ago today, we were witnesses to prejudice, hate and bigotry as we all watched the tragedy of #Charlottesville unfold before us.— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) August 11, 2018
One year since Charlottesville. Time to bring back a cartoon I drew last year. Rather than condemn the racist marchers, Trump embraced and defended them. Unbelievable. https://t.co/slWdljVawD #Trump #Charlottesville #WhiteSupremacists #Racists @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/eHWYb2mqEF— Rob Rogers (@Rob_Rogers) August 6, 2018
Remembering Charlottesville:— Jewish News Agency (™) (@JewishNewsUSA) August 11, 2018
President Trump: "Nazis Are Very Fine People."#Antisemitism #Charlottesville #Jewish #Racism #UniteTheRight #AltRight #Nazis #Washington #Trump #TrumpRacism #MAGA #Israel #IDF #ShabbatShalom pic.twitter.com/NwMsg3OZdT
Today is the one-year anniversary of the #UniteTheRight rally in #Charlottesville, during which a group of Nazis brutally attacked a young black school teacher named #DeAndreHarris. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/6Uyv1DlZbd— Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) August 11, 2018
This weekend marks one year since #Charlottesville. @MadisonSiriusXM respects how a local church is handling the somber occasion: communion at the foot of the MLK Memorial. “That’s what this is really about.” pic.twitter.com/bqPHsf13w3— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBaldwin) August 10, 2018
"All types of violence" didn't kill Heather Heyer last year in Charlottesville. White supremacist violence killed Heather Heyer.— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) August 11, 2018
... a year later, Trump still refuses to condemn white supremacists. Because he knows he needs their support. And their votes. pic.twitter.com/AXYjhwK7n7
One year ago, white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville in an act of violence and terror. We are sending messages of love and support to the people of Charlottesville to tell them that we are with them, and we will never stop fighting against white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/1iKOc0pTRS— GLAAD (@glaad) August 11, 2018
A year ago, white nationalists marched through Charlottesville. Their words, posters, & anger espouse a hate that I reject fully. All Americans must commit to upholding the values of this great nation and reject hate in all forms and at all levels.— Abigail Spanberger (@SpanbergerVA07) August 11, 2018
A year after #Charlottesville, considering everything that’s happened since then, I’ve come to some realizations.— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) August 11, 2018
I’ve overestimated a lot of things.
I thought that this country was further ahead on race relations than we actually are. Not only are we not but we’re regressing.
Hundreds of white supremacists marched w/flaming torches last year in Charlottesville;Trump didn’t care.Members of that same group killed a woman w/a car, Trump calls them fine people; some NFL players take a knee in support of social justice;Trump calls them ‘Son of a bitches’. pic.twitter.com/wZ9fu9Bo1F— JGreen, M.P.A. (@jgreenSTPA) August 11, 2018
Today we remember that Charlottesville is a place for inclusion and unity, not hate pic.twitter.com/fOwkTa8rEh— UVA ID (@UVA_ID) August 11, 2018
When I travel and I tell people Im from Richmond VA they immediately refer to what happened in Charlottesville. That prominent perception of fear, violence, and racism at a place that has only shown me love hit me hard. We cannot let the past define our future. #ResilientCville— BlackLiq (@BlackLiq) August 11, 2018