Charlottesville 2017- by nick

We start back in the spring of 2016 where Zhyana, a ninth grader at  Charlottesville High school petitioned to have the Robert e lee statue removed. Her petition shined a light on how the south still memorialized white supremacy.  Both sides of the argument started to come out and protest.  The people who wanted the statue to stay laid their claims on free speach. It was interesting to read that KKK members were so comfortable with their choice that many of them would attend events unmasked. On August 11th a protest of KKK and neo nazi members marched through the quiet campus of UVA.  The next day the rally formed in the renamed emancipation park where the lee statue stood. There were also counter protesters there. The protest got so heated that the police declared it an unlawful assembely. As the protesters on both sides dispersed a neo nazi drove his car directly into the crowd killing a 32 year old woman named Heather. This was the event that caused national coverage to spark here in charlotsville. The protesters wanted the unseen history of Charlottesville to finally be seen. Ever Since the  attacks the politics and people of Charlottesville have begun to try and reflect on how they can do better for the people. To help they hung up photos of african americans all over town as well as in magazines to give a look at the other side of Charlottesville VA. the “Unite the Right” rally.  The author first urges UVA to change its neutral view in relation to employment equity, taking Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins as an example of positive institutional response to public outcry.  Also urged is a PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program, which would offset some of UVA’s $9.7 million/year of non-taxable property.  Next is the question of university and hospital expansion, which always seems to be into minority neighborhoods.  While UVA was not involved in either of Charlottesville’s large urban renewal projects, it did enact one of its own to clear the small neighborhood of Gospel Hill in the 1960s.

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