The Unite the Right rally which took place in the summer of 2017 was unquestionably a defining moment in America. The two-day event (August 11 and 12) which thrust Charlottesville, Virginia, into the national spotlight quickly devolved into widespread violence and unmitigated disaster when anarchists, communists, and socialists like Antifa came on the scene and “started swinging clubs, fists, shields.”[1]

The rally occurred largely because the Alt-Right movement and other white nationalist groups vehemently opposed the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park. This was also related to the plan to remove all Confederate monuments from public places throughout the United States.

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