A Year Later, Charlottesville Braces for Trouble - Page 2

State of emergency in effect as city marks one-year anniversary of racial violence
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2018 11:21 AM CDT

  • Documentary: Frontline and ProPublica have teamed up on a documentary about last year's violence, and you can watch it here.
  • First person: ProPublica reporter AC Thompson was covering the Charlottesville rally in 2017, and he recounts the violence in a first-person piece. "The mood of the marchers wasn't merely angry, it felt homicidal," he writes.
  • A black mayor: One thing that has changed in Charlottesville over the last year is that the city has its first black female mayor in Nikuyah Walker. The 38-year-old thinks city officials handled last year's protests badly, and she's determined to bring systemic change. "One of the main things that I'm here to do is to call attention to the liberal progressive Democratic structure that's in place, that believes that their best intentions are enough," she tells the Guardian in an interview. "You need actions behind those intentions. You can't just use words."
  • Confederate memorials: Many cities around the US have taken them down (the original source of friction in Charlottesville), but USA Today notes there are now 1,740 such memorials listed—up by 237 from 2016. The reason for the increase? Renewed attention caused lots more to be added to the list compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
(Read more Charlottesville, Va. stories.)

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