Virginia Protests Turn Violent

Isaac Norwood, Staff Writer

On August 12, a rally against the removal of a former slave owner statue quickly escalated in  Charlottesville, Virginia. Violence broke out between two groups, a support of the white supremacists entered into a car and drove it into a large group of counter protesters, leaving nineteen injured and killing one woman. This event was followed up the next day with white nationalists, and counter protesters bearing torches marched at the University of Virginia. Fist fights and brawling occurred.

President Trump spoke on the matter the next date at a press conference, stating, “We are closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.”

This statement brought plenty of controversy over the next couple of days. Reporters stated that the president’s remarks on the matter were not clear in condemning white nationalists groups.

President Trump proceeded to condemn the white nationalists in further statements because of the backlash. News stations have not eased up.

Jarrett Horton, senior cheerleader and soccer player, spoke on the subject, saying, “This was terrible. I don’t understand how people can be so sinister.” As of now the event has settled down. The loss of a life causes many people to be upset.

The statue was of former slave owner Robert E. Lee. Once the removal of the statue was made public, the protests started.

Some say that the unrest and mental tension at these protests is unreal. What do you think?