Charlotte Uprising holds vigil for Charlottesville victims

- Charlotte Uprising organizers asking people at the vigil at Marshall Park to not forget the events in Charlottesville.

Also, taking an opportunity to reinforce their messages about changing the narrative and becoming an all-inclusive city.

"Part of how we can move forward as a city, is to disrupt this narrative that we are a new city of the south. That we all love each other and everyone gets along. There is a lot of stuff that we need to figure out and that starts with talking about charlotte uprising last year,” Ashe Williams said.

Charlotte Uprising organizer Ashe Williams saying it starts with the other side not being afraid.

"White people messaging me about their fears about coming to something like this. That's a good example about white supremacy and white fragility. I think for the folks in Charlotte, one of the thing they are going to have to grapple with is that white fragility,” Williams said.

Many at the vigil, coming out to tackle this fear head on, especially after the events in Charlottesville.

"I think silence is a problem. When you are complacent, you are aiding that same institutionalized racism. I think when you can sit aside and can be privileged enough to say I don't need to get involved, that you are abetting this kind of hate because you are not using your position to speak out. You are not getting involved, you are not denouncing this hateful rhetoric that is really blowing up around the nation," Winthrop University student Jessica Doscher said.

The group says the hate out of Charlottesville is very obvious but they are more worried about the subtle racism they are fighting right here.

"Acknowledging those covert micro aggression of racism is something that will help us move forward. I want white people here to know that white supremacy doesn't always look like the clan member. They look like you," Williams said.

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