Michael Cheuk didn’t know how we would respond to the Unite the Right rally — until he reconsidered his own family history and his faith.
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.
“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.”
Five years after the “summer of hate,” we’re telling our community’s own stories.
What does it mean to be Black in the Charlottesville Police Department? A former detective remembers the KKK rally of 2017 — and what it means when law enforcement tries to recruit minority officers.
“This is not about preserving or erasing history it is about acknowledging it.” said Charlottesville parent Laura Sirgany. “I can tell you that the Black and Brown youth of this community suffer the trauma of the legacy of the people whose names are borne out on this library system.”
“They would rather conspire to oust me than dismantle or confront violent individuals in CPD and still in city government,” RaShall Brackney told the press. She’s asking for $10 million in damages.
“If it weren’t for Premier Circle, I’d be homeless,” said Sunshades, a shelter guest.
Seventh-grader Christopher Early, who marched with classmates Friday, said he is afraid. As a Black kid, the shootings left him worried about the chances of a similar tragedy happening again, possibly to him.
Farmville earns $15,000 and the private company that operates the center earns $2 million per month from the federal government, even though they had a huge COVID-19 outbreak and detainees say that conditions there have been unbearable.