Charlottesville’s Response to White Supremacist Violence
Originally broadcast at 10:45 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Risa Goluoff details the initial reaction to the fallout of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017. The first female dean of the University of Virgina School of Law, she recalls the Charlottesville rally, neo-Nazi movements and the response to white supremacy going forward.
Goluboff is a nationally renowned legal historian whose scholarship and teaching focuses on American constitutional and civil rights law, and especially their historical development in the 20th century. After the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville in the summer of 2017, Goluboff led the university-wide committee charged with recovering from and responding to the events.
“You celebrate the bravery and humanity of the people on that day,” Goluboff says. “You celebrate the bravery of Susan Bro, of Heather Heyer’s inimitable mother who carries on her legacy. You celebrate all the signs that showed up, almost instantly overnight, in every store window in Charlottesville and on every lawn in the city and the county, declaring that we choose love over hate and that those people are not us.”
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