America is “a nation still coming to terms with that shocking display of violence and hate,” says ADL.
By World Israel News Staff
On August 12, 2017, a car was deliberately driven into a crowd of people who were protesting the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. One person was killed and 28 others were reported injured.
Two years later, “white supremacists have committed at least 73 murders,” including 39 “which were clearly motivated by hateful, racist ideology,” according to the Anti-Defemation League (ADL).
The ADL says that Unite the Right “was the largest and most violent public assembly of white supremacists in decades. It also demonstrated a resurgent and emboldened white supremacist movement.”
Supremacist marchers in Charlottesville chanted: “Jews will not replace us! You will not replace us!”
“Though the Unite the Right rally was organized by individuals associated with the alt right, and most extremists who attended were white supremacists, participants represented approximately 50 different extreme-right movements, groups and entities,” including neo-Nazis, says ADL.
“Many rally participants have experienced a host of repercussions, including imprisonment, job loss, de-platforming – or banning users who violate their terms of service – on social media platforms, travel bans and rejection by friends and family,” the organization points out, adding that “more than a dozen Unite the Right attendees have been convicted and sentenced for crimes related to violence committed during the rally.”
On the other hand, it notes that “in the two years since Unite the Right, a number of Charlottesville rally goers have committed crimes motivated by white supremacist ideology” and “the vast majority of the white supremacist groups and individuals who attended Unite the Right remain active today.”
In summarizing the state of hate in the U.S. two years after the violence in Charlottesville, ADL reports that the events back then continue “to shape and influence participants – and to reverberate across a nation still coming to terms with that shocking display of violence and hate.”