There’s a Major Crisis Happening Right Now in the U.S.A.

The Background 

After a white supremacist march disrupted the University of Virginia campus on Friday night, Alt-Right and Neo-Nazi groups took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday to protest the removal of a Confederate soldier statue from nearby Emancipation park. Counter-protestors turned up in droves to stand up to the racist groups and show that many of the citizens supported the removal, including a small group of undergrad students who linked arms while surrounded by white supremacists. Then, following Saturday’s fatal rally (one counter-protestor was killed, along with two government officials), two rallies in Seattle turned violent after police pepper-sprayed protestors for spraying them with silly string.

What Else You Need to Know

Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer was killed and 19 others injured Saturday when a car plowed into counter-protestors in Charlottesville. The man was soon arrested, and identified as 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. of Ohio. He was charged with one count of second-degree murder, three counts of malicious wounding and one count of “hit and run attended failure to stop with injury.” A pilot and trooper-pilot were also killed when their helicopter crashed as they were on route to support law enforcement.

What’s Next?

The White House finally condemned the attack, actually identifying “white supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazis and all extremist groups.” Attorney General Jeff Sessions also announced that the department will be opening a civil rights investigation into the incident.

A Final Thought

Nelson Mandela said it best: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” Where is the love?