Charlottesville Still Healing After Hate Rallies
Jamelle Bouie, Michael Signer, Melody Barnes, and Leslie Greene Bowman share thoughts on how Charlottesville is working to recover one year after hate rallies were held there.
One year after a deadly hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the city continues to heal. White supremacists gathered at the University of Virginia and then in downtown Charlottesville in mid-August last year. Protesters clashed and a young woman, Heather Heyer, died in the fray. Now, the historic city that was once home to Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe is also associated with the white supremacist hate rallies. Why did these groups choose Charlottesville? What has Charlottesville learned, and what can it teach America about healing and resilience in a time of re-surging hate and divisiveness? Slate Chief Political Correspondent Jamelle Bouie leads a conversation with former Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer, domestic policy advisor for President Obama Melody Barnes, and Leslie Greene Bowman, president of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello.
Explore the videos and articles below that are related to the conversation.
- Charlottesville's Divides Are America's Divides, The Atlantic
- Free Radical: One Man's Journey Into and Out of America's Most Violent Hate Movement, Aspen Ideas Festival (video)
- Very Fine People: Or, How to Stop Worrying and Talk About Race, White Nationalism, and Trump in America, Aspen Ideas Festival
- Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, Frontline
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