Governor Northam Statement on the Second Anniversary of Violence in Charlottesville

Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement marking the two-year anniversary of deadly violence in Charlottesville….

“Today we honor Heather Heyer, Lt. Jay Cullen, and Trooper-Pilot Berke Bates, three precious lives lost two years ago after white nationalist violence erupted in Charlottesville. We remember them, and all those injured in the deadly events of that weekend, and we continue to hold their loved ones in our thoughts.

“Unfortunately, in the two years since this horrible tragedy, we have witnessed increasing violence rooted in vile racist ideology.

“As we reflect on this somber anniversary, we must renew our commitment to promoting tolerance, diversity, and inclusion. And we must remain vigilant in rejecting the dangerous, divisive rhetoric that incites and attempts to excuse these acts of hate.”

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Background:

-WSLS:  Charlottesville’s ‘Unity Days’: two years since deadly violence at white supremacist rally

Bearing Drift had extensive coverage of the Charlottesville riots in August 2017:

Charlottesville Judge Sides With Alt-Right, Violence Breaks Out at Rotunda by Lynn R. Mitchell

Charlottesville Prepares For Alt-Right Crowds, Announces Street Closings – Updated by Lynn R. Mitchell

Violence Breaks Out In Charlottesville As Alt-Right, White Nationalists Battle Counter-Protesters by Lynn R. Mitchell

‘Charlottesville: Our Streets’ Premieres at 2017 Virginia Film Festival by Rick Sincere

In Charlottesville, the Tragic Impact of Political Theater by Brian Schoeneman

Charlottesville Is Representing Our Worst by Jim Hoeft

Virginia CRs Lead in Repuditating Charlottesville ‘Unite the Right’ Rally by Lynn R. Mitchell

College Republican Federation of Virginia: Resolution Regarding Activities in Charlottesville by Jim Hoeft

In the Aftermath of Charlottesville Tear Down Barriers, Not Statues by Evan Draim

The Aftermath of Charlottesville Displayed In Street Art by Lynn R. Mitchell

While Monitoring Charlottesville’s White Nationalist Rally, Virginia Loses Two of Its Finest by Lynn R. Mitchell