Look At What’s Happening In America In 2017

The Charlottesville rally is just another example of the deep-rooted, bone-chilling hatred in this country.

In the past few days, thou­sands of “alt-right” mem­bers and white suprema­cists have tak­en over Charlottesville, Virginia, for a “Unite The Right” ral­ly. The ral­ly has also attract­ed plen­ty of counter-pro­test­ers, name­ly Antifa ― a fringe left rad­i­cal group that stands for “Anti-fas­cism.”

Violence and chaos has since ensued on both sides. The gov­er­nor declared a state of emer­gency ear­ly Saturday morn­ing. 

Charlottesville has become a city under siege.

In look­ing at pho­tographs and video of the hap­pen­ings in Virginia, you would think you’ve gone back in time to the Civil Rights era. They are clear indi­ca­tions that racism, anti-Semitism, sex­ism ― pure, unfil­tered hatred ― is still thriv­ing in America in 2017.

If you’re think­ing, “It’s not that bad,” then you’re not pay­ing atten­tion. Let the pho­tos speak for them­selves. This is the world we live in and we must do bet­ter:

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    Neo-Nazis, alt-right mem­bers, and white suprema­cists encir­cle and chant at counter-pro­test­ers at the base of a stat­ue of Thomas Jefferson after march­ing through the University of Virginia cam­pus with torch­es in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11, 2017.
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    Neo-Nazis, alt-right mem­bers, and white suprema­cists take part a the night before the ‘Unite the Right’ ral­ly in Charlottesville, Virginia, white suprema­cists march with tiki torch­es through the University of Virginia cam­pus.
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    Neo-Nazis, alt-right mem­bers, and white suprema­cists march through the University of Virginia Campus with torch­es in Charlottesville, Va., USA on Aug. 11, 2017.
  • Man wear­ing Nazi regalia before “Unite the Right” ral­ly in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Counter-pro­test­ers arriv­ing at “Unite the Right” ral­ly in Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • White suprema­cists car­ry Nazi flags in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.
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    A white suprema­cist car­ries the Confederate flag as he walks past counter-demon­stra­tors in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.
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    Members of white nation­al­ists march in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
  • A sign on a busi­ness in down­town Charlottesville, Virginia.
  • Police arriv­ing at scene of protests after state of emer­gency is announced in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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    A man is down dur­ing a clash between mem­bers of white nation­al­ist protests and a group of counter-pro­test­ers in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
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    Members of white nation­al­ists clash against a group of counter-pro­test­ers in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
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    A pro­test­er receives first-aid dur­ing a clash between mem­bers of white nation­al­ists against a group of counter-pro­test­ers in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
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    A man makes a slash­ing motion across his throat toward counter-pro­test­ers as he march­es with oth­er white nation­al­ists, neo-Nazis and mem­bers of the ‘alt-right’ dur­ing the ‘Unite the Right’ ral­ly Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clash­es with anti-fas­cist pro­test­ers and police the ral­ly was declared an unlaw­ful gath­er­ing and peo­ple were forced out of Lee Park, where a stat­ue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slat­ed to be removed.
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    A white suprema­cist stands behind mili­tia mem­bers after he scuf­fled with a counter-demon­stra­tor in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.
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    Virginia State Police use pep­per spray as they move in to clear a clash between mem­bers of white nation­al­ist pro­test­ers against a group of counter-pro­test­ers in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 12, 2017.
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    Hundreds of white nation­al­ists, neo-Nazis and mem­bers of the ‘alt-right’ march down East Market Street toward Lee Park dur­ing the ‘Unite the Right’ ral­ly Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clash­es with anti-fas­cist pro­test­ers and police the ral­ly was declared an unlaw­ful gath­er­ing and peo­ple were forced out of Lee Park, where a stat­ue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slat­ed to be removed.
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    A smoke bomb is thrown at a group of counter-pro­test­ers dur­ing a clash against mem­bers of white nation­al­ist pro­test­ers in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
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    Virginia State Troopers stand under a stat­ue of Robert E. Lee before a white suprema­cists ral­ly in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
  • Chip Somodevilla via Getty Images
    Anti-fas­cist counter-pro­test­ers wait out­side Lee Park to hurl insults as white nation­al­ists, neo-Nazis and mem­bers of the ‘alt-right’ are forced out after the ‘Unite the Right’ ral­ly was declared an unlaw­ful gath­er­ing August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. After clash­es with anti-fas­cist pro­test­ers and police the ral­ly was declared an unlaw­ful gath­er­ing and peo­ple were forced out of Lee Park, where a stat­ue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slat­ed to be removed.
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    A group of counter-pro­test­ers ral­ly against mem­bers of white nation­al­ists in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
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    A man is seen with an injury dur­ing a clash between mem­bers of white nation­al­ist pro­test­ers against a group of counter-pro­test­ers in Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S., Aug. 12, 2017.
  • Protesters and counter-pro­test­ers after being pep­per-sprayed and/​or maced.
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