Vigil held in Washington to unite with Charlottesville against hate

Vigil held in Washington to unite with Charlottesville against hate”

Thousands of people gathered at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville Wednesday night for a candlelight vigil following this weekend's deadly white-power rally. That was followed Saturday by clashes between rally attendees and those protesting them in the city's streets, which resulted in the death of a woman when an alleged white nationalist appeared to delibertely plow into counter-protesters with his auto. There was no sign of Unite the Right, the white nationalist organization behind this weekend's violent rallies. "It's very scary and I'm extremely anxious", said Heather Lamb, who attended the vigil with friends. "We should be past this, we are better than this".

"They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what, you just magnified her", she said to cheers and a standing ovation from the audience.

Staton is also part of Beaufort County Indivisible, a non-partisan group affiliated with the nationwide Indivisible movement that has called for vigils around the country in the aftermath of the Charlottesville white supremacist march and terrorist attack.

Charlottesville, Virginia, can and should serve as a rallying cry for opposition to voices of racism and bigotry. Organizers say the vigil, which happens at 8:30 p.m., won't be a protest.

In response, all of us who believe in equality, acceptance and civility - from our leaders to average citizens - should, collectively, send this unified message: Those views are unacceptable; no place exists for them in America.

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