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Understanding Charlottesville

PUBLISHED: August 25, 2017

Following the deadly white-supremacist rally on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia, we asked three writers to share their thoughts on the causes and consequences of that weekend and take a closer look at its impact on the local community, the culture of the University of Virginia, and the larger, fraught narrative of race in America.

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Triumph of the Wills

by W. Ralph Eubanks

Last weekend, a friend posted images of Oxford in 1962 and Charlottesville in 2017 side by side with the caption “The names have changed, but the racism remains the same.”

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A Basket of Replaceables

by Peter Trachtenberg

All the time I was watching the young white fascists rioting in Charlottesville, I kept thinking, Those losers.

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by John Edwin Mason

It’s an odd thing, seeing your town become a hashtag. By the evening of August 12, 2017, millions of social media users, in the United States and around the world, recognized #Charlottesville as a metonym for violence and death.


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