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Confessions of a Free Speech LawyerCharlottesville and the Politics of Hate$
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Rodney A. Smolla

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749650

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749650.001.0001

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(p.257) 29 Bloodshed
Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer

Rodney A. Smolla

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the dozens of brawls that erupted throughout the Charlottesville downtown area, as groups of Unite the Right marchers advanced toward Emancipation Park from various directions while counterdemonstrators tried to block them. It mentions Tanesha Hudson, a Charlottesville local, who expressed frustration at the passivity of the police as Unite the Right marchers lowered their flags to use as weapons. It also talks about the Unite the Right marchers that displayed swastikas and wearing white shirts as they ran into the peaceful black-shirted demonstrators that sought to avoid direct confrontation. The chapter points out how Unite the Right demonstrators appeared to be focusing their aggression on a middle-aged African American man. It discloses the highly trained troopers of the Virginia State Police that did nothing to intervene as the violence erupted.

Keywords:   Unite the Right, Emancipation Park, Tanesha Hudson, swastikas, Virginia State Police, Charlottesville downtown, counterdemonstrators

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