In this Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 photo, Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the Unite the Right rally last year, looks over memorabilia in her office in Charlottesville, Va. "I just would like people to focus on the anniversary, not on Heather, but on the issues that she died for, Black Lives Matter, overpolicing, affordable housing, for more truth and the telling of the history of Charlottesville, and to focus on where they need to go as a community,” Bro said. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A year after deadly Virginia rally, wounds are still raw

August 07, 2018 - 10:40 am

A violent white nationalist rally in Virginia that left a woman dead and dozens more injured proved to be a watershed moment, both for the racist, fringe "alt-right" movement, and for the city itself.

In the year since, many residents say the wounds haven't healed. Others say the violence has laid bare divisions over deeper issues of race and economic inequality and what should be done to move forward.

While the city's been struggling to find its footing, some alt-right leaders are faltering.

Only one organizer of last summer's rally seems intent on publicly marking the anniversary. Jason Kessler, a Charlottesville resident and UVA graduate, has vowed to press ahead with plans for an Aug. 12 rally in Washington, D.C., after Charlottesville denied him a permit.

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