The nationalist rally took a divergent turn when while protesting a member of the rally sped the car into the anti-racism protesting crowd. A new benchmark was achieved in the country’s history of racism, free speech and violence. One woman was killed and many succumbed to injuries.
The event gained a political shade as the democrats and republicans condemned the brutality and the far right valley welcomed the white supreme view. President Trump condemned the racist groups but he pointed towards the anti-racism protestor that was to share some accountability. He said, “Both sides were responsible for the bloodshed.”
The account of what exactly happened comes straight from the horse’s mouth. The white supremacist and the Nazi groups were charged to attack one another. They were carrying loads of arms and ammunition utilizing Virginia’s loose firearm laws. They had practiced the defensive moves and were shouting slogans like “move forward” or “retreat.”
This event has given birth to white supremacy and nationalist group in US. According to Southern Poverty Law Center (SPCL) the overall number of U.S. hate groups jumped about 17 percent in 2016 from 784 in 2014, according to SPLC research.
There has been an exponential growth in of the hate groups in the recent years. The association of groups with Neo Nazi website the Daily Stormer is increasing. Many new groups are having face to face meeting and not only communicating online.
In the wake of this event many self-proclaimed white supremacists such as Richard Spencer and David Duke who was the erstwhile lawmaker has re surfaced into spotlight since last year’s presidential campaign. Both were present in Charlottesville over the weekend. Duke vocalized the number of attendees of “Unite the Right” rally felt encouraged by election of President Donald Trump.