Violence erupted in America over the weekend following tense protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. Apparently, the incident was triggered after town officials decided to take down Confederate monuments that are viewed by minorities as symbols of racism and slavery.
On Friday, the Unite The Right movement, comprised mainly of white supremacist protesters, decided to take action by marching to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville brandishing torches while aggressively chanting, “You will not replace us,” and “Blood and soil.”
The group vastly outnumbered a handful of students holding an anti-racist protest at the campus, which led to a tense scuffle after they surrounded the counter-protesters.
But tensions reached its climax on Saturday when a driver in a Dodge Challenger, in an apparent hit-and-run, plowed into anti-racist protesters then fled the area. At least one was killed in the incident while 19 others were badly hurt.
President Donald Trump issued a public statement afterwards. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides,” he said.
However, Trump was criticized for his late reaction to the issue, as well as his failure to directly condemn the killing of 32-year-old protester Heather Heyer, who participated in the event to denounce hate and bigotry.
Meanwhile, former president Barack Obama seems to be doing all the right things with this simple tweet quoting Nelson Mandela that delivered a strong and agreeable message on the issue:
The tweet has since set the record of being the most-liked post on Twitter with over 3 million likes.
So far, the governor of Virginia has declared a state of emergency amid the violence. Authorities for their part have arrested and charged James Alex Fields Jr. with second degree murder after he was identified as the man behind the wheel in Saturday’s deadly attack.