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Charlottesville and the Aftermath with the BSU

Emmanuel’s Black Student Union recently held a discussion regarding the events over the summer that unfolded in Charlottesville as well as recent outrage over National Anthem protests.

“It’s a direct manifestation of hate. I don’t think it can be argued,” said Michael Woodham ’18, in reference to the Charlottesville riots.

Many have seen the coverage of the white nationalists attacks on protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia over the summer.  One attack killed a 32-year-old caucasian woman, Heather Hyer. The white nationalists included Neo-Nazis, confederate sympathizers, and an armed civilian task force. The event claimed widespread attention in the media.

“It took a white woman dying for people to realize there’s something going on.” said Nancy Yarpah ’19.

The attention Hyer received poses an issue for many people of color and social justice advocates as an ongoing struggle against police brutality. Some feel that Hyer has arguably received attention for her murder that people of color who were killed by police and systematic oppression have not received in our society.

Photo credit: Campus events page on Emmanuel’s portal.

“We’re at a point now where this system wants us to keep having ‘discussions,’ and we’re sitting here talking, but [events like] Charlottesville is still going on,” Yarpah added.

Some well-known white supremacists attended the Charlottesville protest, including former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke, who is outspoken in his implicit support for President Donald Trump.

The President claimed “many sides,” including white supremacists and their counterpart social justice protesters, were at fault for the violence that ensued.

“When there’s such a drive for violence, it’s a manifestation of their personality,” mentioned Dina Malual ’21.

There is also a predominant discussion throughout media about the morality behind kneeling as a form of protest during the National Anthem recital in professional sports. The BSU also spoke about this topic and how backlash of this protest is offensive. 

“I take a knee, now I’m a son of a bitch?” said Ashlee Reyes ’20.

Colin Kaepernick was the fist to kneel during the National Anthem in protest of police brutality and the racial insensitivity in America’s history and current discourse. His display has since caught fire throughout professional sports from many other NFL teams, MLB players, and even high school athletics teams. While many support Kaepernick’s efforts, there are others who oppose his protests, which could potentially hinder his signing to another NFL team.

Devin Nelson ’19 is a Staff Writer for The Hub. He can be contacted him at nelsond@emmanuel.edu or on Twitter @nellydevin.

President of Emmanuel’s Black Student Union, Samantha Tingue ’18, can be contacted at tingues@emmanuel.edu for future events and questions.

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