Donald Trump Denounces Racism Ahead of White Supremacist Rally Anniversary

Heather Heyer's mother continues her daughter's civil rights advocacy a year after Charlottesville rally

Susan Bro mother to Heather Heyer speaks during a memorial for her daughter last year

'If you rush to heal, if you rush to everybody grab each other and sing kumbaya, we will be back here in a few years, ' she said.

Trump insulted the intelligence of National Basketball Association star LeBron James and CNN anchor Don Lemon, both of whom are black, reignited his crusade against black football players protesting against police brutality and told a group of business leaders that Chinese students studying in the United States were spies.

The president argued that there were "very fine people" on both sides of the rally, seemingly equating the actions of white nationalists with counter-protesters.

"He has not gone far enough", Cummings said on ABC's "This Week".

A protester confronts riot gear-clad police.

Charlottesville City Councilor Wes Bellamy commented on the rally when saying, "They weren't doing anything that was unlawful".

The standoff ended without any clashes as organizers urged the crowd to move away and begin marching off campus. There were no immediate reports of arrests on campus.

Concrete barriers and metal fences were put up and police were searching bags at checkpoints.

The nation's capital is gearing up for a self-described white civil rights rally.

"Last year, I was afraid of the Nazis. It looked like a war zone previous year compared to what it is today".

Jason Kessler, who abandoned his bid to stage a similar anniversary event in Charlottesville, said in his permit application that he expects 100 to 400 people to participate in his event Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Park, in front of the White House. A series of counterprotests are planned in Washington throughout the day, led by members of 40 anti-racism groups. Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by self-described white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., who rammed a auto into a crowd at high speed.

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Two state police personnel - Lt. H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates - died in a helicopter crash responding to the scene.

UVA President James Ryan spoke to a crowd gathered Saturday morning for a service of reflection on the anniversary of the march.

Past year in Charlottesville, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other members of hate groups marched through the University of Virginia campus shouting anti-Semitic slogans, then fought with counterprotesters in the city streets. "This year, I'm afraid of the police", Woolfork said. "They wanted people to fight so they could deny us our First Amendment rights".

Some community activists were concerned that this year's heavy police presence could be a counterproductive overreaction.

"It couldn't have possibly been worse than Charlottesville - they weren't just incompetent, they were malicious", Kessler said of the authorities in Virginia.

Only took him a year.


Susan Bo (left, in Charlottesville on Friday) told counter-protesters to make sure they stay safe at Sunday's Unite the Right 2 event in Washington.

Bro likened losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves roll continually in.

Bro likened losing a child to standing in shallow water as waves roll continually in: "You let the wave wash over, and you don't chase it".

"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street.

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