2017-08-15 15:53:13

An Eyewitness Report from Charlottesville, VA

GUEST: Chenjerai Kumanyika is an Assistant Professor in the Rutgers University Department of Journalism and Media Studies and a correspondent for Rising Up With Sonali

BACKGROUND: The town of Charlottesville, Virginia garnered international attention on Saturday after a massive march of right wing self-proclaimed white nationalists, Nazis, and fascists marched in the streets ostensibly to defend a confederate statue.

A 32-year old white woman named Heather Heyer was killed and more than a dozen others badly injured when a car driven by one of the Nazi marchers appeared to deliberately plow into counter protesters. Hundreds of people also marched KKK-style with torches as the sun set on the town the day before. Over all, 35 people were injured amid reports that local police failed to intervene.

Donald Trump made remarks condemning the, "egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides." (Since we recorded this interview, Mr. Trump made stronger remarks calling out the KKK and neo-Nazis and saying, "Racism is evil.")

What really happened on the streets of Charlottesville over the weekend?

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