“The instability is what’s really so difficult to navigate,” said a Charlottesville mother of a non-binary child. “How much danger are we going to be in? How much are our lives about to change?”
About 30% of the county’s students aren’t white, but the school board has been all white since 2014.
“A lot of parents are freaking out right now,” said Noelle Dwyer.
More than 100 people crammed into the Albemarle County courthouse Thursday for yet another marathon day of eviction hearings.
“We’re so busy trying to tell them to be still, to be quiet and behave. How can they grow like that?” says Asia Green.
Anderson grew up in Westhaven in the 1970s and now lives there in her grandmother’s old unit.
“It’s the birthplace of our democracy,” said Emily Gorcenski. “And if you want to assault the ideals of democracy, you go to where it started. It’s as simple as that.”
Five years after white supremacists rallied around Charlottesville’s Lee statue, Confederate legacy groups have sued the city in an effort to stop the Swords Into Plowshares project.
The board was formed after the violent white supremacist rallies of 2017 — and took years to gain power to investigate cases of alleged police misconduct.
“It’s never really been a Charlottesville that I feel safe in, or even one that I feel is not really embedded in racism,” said Myra Anderson. “On that day, it just so happened to rear its ugly head.”