Last weekend horror was listed upon the citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia. Neo-Nazis and White supremacists rained terror upon the home of the University of Virginia, converging upon the community bearing torches, sticks, guns and hate-filled speech. Ultimately as a result of this unwanted and unwarranted assault dozens of people were injured, some badly. Tragically it also resulted in the death of one Heather D. Heyer, a thirty-two year old who stood peacefully with the anti-protesters.
As the country, indeed the world, reeled in shock and horror, Oberlin citizens came together to hold a candlelight vigil to speak out loudly against the Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists and White Nationalist groups and their heinous actions. It also came together peacefully to show her support for the citizens of Charlottesville and to express condolences to Ms. Heyer's family, friends and fellow citizens.
Oberlin was a small yet powerful voice once again...
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Photos from Oberlin's candlelight vigil held in Tappan Square on the Oberlin College campus.
13 August 2017