“Unite the Right”

Sarah Gaspar, Contributor

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On the 11th and 12th of August, the second “Unite the Right” rally occurred. The first “Unite the Right” rally happened last year also on the 11th and 12th of August, otherwise known as the Charlottesville Rally. The right which this group is supporting are filled with neo-Confederates, white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and various militias. These people believe in order to make America great again, the United States of America must cleanse itself of lesser races. The Right are the ones rallying against immigration and the destruction of Confederate Statues.

Last year’s “Unite the Right” rally was largely brought forth because of the destruction of a statue of Robert E. Lee. The statue was being taken down because it was seen as offensive to the diverse society of America, and it was a stain on American History. Robert E. Lee was a commander in the Confederate State Army. He was seen as one of the greatest generals of the time, and he was a military adviser for President Jefferson Davis. He played a major part in the Civil War. Even after the Union won, Robert E. Lee continued to pursue in his racist ways. He claimed to have been fine with the “extinction of slavery”, but did not represent this idea.

In the first “Unite the Right” rally, both the protesters and the counter-protesters were equally represented. The rally began on the 11th as a somewhat peaceful rally compared to the events later in the weekend. By the 12th both sides were furious with each other and Federal Security were involved. Then a 2010 Dodge Challenger drove straight into a crowd of counter-protesters. It happened fast and violently. Nineteen people were injured and a young woman was killed.

This year at the second “Unite the Right” rally, 2.6 million dollars were spent in security. Since the rally was set up in Washington D.C., much of the populus feared that a more violent event would occur. That fear was not only within the United States government but also in the protesters. Only a small handful of protesters came to this event. Most in fear, and others in disappointment of the previous year’s event. After just a few hours the white nationalist gave in and left, having been hounded by the counter-protesters.

The “Unite the Right” act has taken a downfall in supporters and financial funding. After a life was taken due to the rally. many of them questioned the importance of their mission. They asked themselves if what they were fighting for was truly for the good of America. This idea is dying down slowly, and maybe for good.








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