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Unite the Right rally
Part of Terrorism in the United States, Antisemitism in the United States and Neo-Nazism in the United States
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Rally participants preparing to enter Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, carrying Neo-Confederate flags, Confederate battle flags, Gadsden flags, a Nazi flag and a flag depicting Mjölnir
DateAugust 11–12, 2017 (2017-08-11 – 2017-08-12)
LocationCharlottesville, Virginia, U.S.
Organized byJason Kessler, Richard Spencer
ParticipantsVarious alt-right, neo-Nazi, neo-fascist, white supremacist, white nationalist, Ku Klux Klan, neo-Confederate, Identitarian and other far-right groups.
  • 3 deaths
    • 1 counterprotester killed by participant in vehicle-ramming attack
    • 2 state troopers died in an accidental helicopter crash[1]
  • 33+ non-fatal injuries
    • 19 injured during vehicle ramming
    • At least 14 injured in other clashes

The Unite the Right rally was a white supremacist[4][5][6][7] rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, August 11–12, 2017.[8][9][10] Far-right groups participated, including self-identified members of the alt-right,[11] neo-Confederates,[12] neo-fascists,[13] white nationalists,[14] neo-Nazis,[15] Klansmen,[16] and various right-wing militias.[17] Some groups chanted racist and antisemitic slogans and carried weapons, Nazi and neo-Nazi symbols, the Valknut, Confederate battle flags, Deus Vult crosses, flags, and other symbols of various past and present anti-Islamic and anti-Semitic groups.[7][9][18][19][20][21][22] The organizers' stated goals included unifying the American white nationalist movement[11] and opposing the proposed removal of the statue of General Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville's former Lee Park.[21][23]

The rally occurred amidst controversy generated by the removal of Confederate monuments by local governments following the Charleston church shooting in 2015, in which a white supremacist shot and killed nine black members, including the minister (a state senator), and wounded others.[6] The event turned violent after protesters clashed with counter-protesters, resulting in more than 30 injured.[24][25]

On the morning of August 12, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency, stating that public safety could not be safeguarded without additional powers. Within an hour, at 11:22 a.m., the Virginia State Police declared the rally to be an unlawful assembly.[21] At around 1:45 p.m., self-identified white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. deliberately rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters about 0.5 miles (0.8 km) away from the rally site, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 19 other people. Fields fled the scene in his car but was arrested soon afterward; he was tried and convicted in Virginia state court of first-degree murder, malicious wounding, and other crimes in 2018, with the jury recommending a sentence of life imprisonment plus 419 years.[26][27] The following year, Fields pleaded guilty to 29 federal hate crimes in a plea agreement to avoid the death penalty in this trial.[28]

US President Donald Trump's remarks on Charlottesville generated negative responses. In his initial statement following the rally, Trump "condemned hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides". While Trump condemned both neo-Nazis and white nationalists,[29] his first statement and subsequent defenses of it, in which he also referred to "very fine people on both sides", were seen by critics as implying moral equivalence between the white supremacist marchers and those who protested against them. Critics interpreted his remarks as sympathetic to white supremacists.[7] Supporters have characterized this interpretation as a "hoax"[30] because Trump's "fine people" statement explicitly denounces white nationalists.[31][32]

The rally and resulting death and injuries resulted in a backlash against white supremacist groups in the United States. A number of groups that participated in the rally had events canceled by universities, and their financial and social media accounts closed by major companies.[33] Some Twitter users led a campaign to identify and publicly shame marchers at the rally from photographs; at least one rally attendee was dismissed from his job as a result of the campaign.[34] While the organizers intended for the rally to unite far-right groups with the goal of playing a larger role in American politics, the backlash and resultant infighting between alt-right leaders has been credited with causing a decline in the movement.[35][36][37][38]

After Charlottesville refused to approve another march, Unite the Right held an anniversary rally on August 11–12, 2018, in Washington, D.C.[39] The rally drew only 20–30 protesters amidst thousands of counter-protesters,[40] including religious organizations, civil rights groups, and anti-fascist organizers.[41][42]

  1. ^ Weiner, Rachel (August 12, 2017). "Two state police troopers killed in Charlottesville helicopter crash while covering protest". The Washington Post. Nash Holdings. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Carla Herreria (August 26, 2017). "Video Shows Man Shooting At Crowd During Charlottesville Rally, With No Police Response". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  3. ^ "Charlottesville suspect arrested in Georgia to be extradited". Associated Press. August 29, 2017. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Black man beaten during Charlottesville rally acquitted of assault". Fox News. March 17, 2018. Archived from the original on July 19, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Haag, Matthew (June 21, 2018). "'White Civil Rights Rally' Planned Near White House by Charlottesville Organizer". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 20, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Lind, Dara (August 12, 2017). "Unite the Right, the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, explained". Vox. Archived from the original on August 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c Thrush, Glenn; Haberman, Maggie (August 15, 2017). "Trump Gives White Supremacists an Unequivocal Boost". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Alridge, Derrick P. (October 20, 2017). "The Events of August 11th and 12th: A Historian's Brief Reflections on Charlottesville". University of Virginia. Archived from the original on September 12, 2020. Retrieved September 12, 2020.
  9. ^ a b Fausset, Richard; Feuer, Alan (August 13, 2017). "Far-Right Groups Surge Into National View In Charlottesville". The New York Times. Archived from the original on August 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Charlottesville: One killed in violence over US far-right rally". BBC News. August 13, 2017. Archived from the original on September 10, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Stapley, Garth (August 14, 2017). "'This is a huge victory.' Oakdale white supremacist revels after deadly Virginia clash". The Modesto Bee. Archived from the original on August 15, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  12. ^ Weill, Kelly (March 27, 2018). "Neo-Confederate League of the South Banned From Armed Protesting in Charlottesville". The Daily Beast. Archived from the original on October 20, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Gunter, Joel (August 13, 2017). "A reckoning in Charlottesville". BBC News. Archived from the original on May 5, 2019. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Kelkar, Kamala (August 12, 2017). "Three dead after white nationalist rally in Charlottesville". PBS NewsHour. Archived from the original on May 14, 2018. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Wootson, Cleve R. Jr. (August 13, 2017). "Here's what a neo-Nazi rally looks like in 2017 America". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  16. ^ Park, Madison (August 12, 2017). "Why white nationalists are drawn to Charlottesville". CNN. Archived from the original on August 12, 2017. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  17. ^ Early, John, ed. (May 16, 2018). "3 Militia Groups Connected to Unite the Right Rally Settle Lawsuits". WVIR-TV. Archived from the original on February 14, 2019. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "Deconstructing the symbols and slogans spotted in Charlottesville". The Washington Post. August 18, 2017. Archived from the original on August 20, 2017. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
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  21. ^ a b c Cite error: The named reference HeimWaPo was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  22. ^ Green, Emma (August 15, 2017). "Why the Charlottesville Marchers Were Obsessed With Jews". The Atlantic. Archived from the original on August 17, 2017.
  23. ^ Cite error: The named reference nyt94 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  24. ^ "Hospitals: 30 treated after Aug. 12 car attack". The Daily Progress. August 21, 2017. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  25. ^ Holly Yan, Devon M. Sayers and Steve Almasy. "Charlottesville white nationalist rally: What we know". CNN. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  26. ^ Paul Duggan (December 11, 2018). "James A. Fields Jr. sentenced to life in prison in Charlottesville car attack". The Washington Post.
  27. ^ Julia Jacobs (December 11, 2018). "Jury Recommends Life in Prison for James Fields in Fatal Charlottesville Attack". The New York Times.
  28. ^ Justin Jouvenal & Paul Duggan, Neo-Nazi sympathizer pleads guilty to federal hate crimes for plowing car into crowd of protesters at 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, Washington Post (March 27, 2019).
  29. ^ Politico Staff (August 15, 2017). "Full text: Trump's comments on white supremacists, 'alt-left' in Charlottesville". POLITICO. Politico. I'm not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally – but you had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists
  30. ^ "Trump Didn't Call Neo-Nazis 'Fine People.' Here's Proof. | RealClearPolitics". www.realclearpolitics.com. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  31. ^ Dunn, Adrienne (October 17, 2020). "Fact check: Meme on Trump 'very fine people' quote contains inaccuracies". USA Today. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  32. ^ Farley, Robert (February 11, 2020). "Trump has condemned white supremacists". FactCheck.org. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  33. ^ Kirkland, Allegra (August 18, 2017). "White Nationalists Are Feeling The Squeeze After Charlottesville Backlash". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  34. ^ "Twitter Users Are Outing Charlottesville Protesters". NBC News. August 14, 2017.
  35. ^ https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-year-after-charlottesville-the-alt-right-movement-frays-1533720660
  36. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/19/the-alt-right-is-in-decline-has-antifa-activism-worked
  37. ^ https://www.newsweek.com/2018/03/30/why-alt-right-falling-apart-855008.html
  38. ^ https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0809/Jason-Kessler-and-the-alt-right-implosion-after-Charlottesville
  39. ^ Doubek, James (June 21, 2018). "'White Civil Rights Rally' Approved For D.C. In August". NPR. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  40. ^ Joe Heim, Reis Thebault, Peter Jamison & Marissa Lang, Anti-hate protesters far outnumber white supremacists as groups rally near White House, Washington Post (August 12, 2018).
  41. ^ Allen, Bob (August 8, 2018). "Black, white Baptists to counter D.C. alt-right rally with prayer walk, communion". Baptist News Global. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  42. ^ McWhirter, Cameron (August 8, 2018). "A Year After Charlottesville, the Alt-Right Movement Frays". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on August 8, 2018. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
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