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Artists express outrage, encourage togetherness following domestic terrorist attack in Charlottesville

On Saturday afternoon August 12, the city of Charlottesville, Virginia laid barren to a horrific tragedy. Governor Terry McAuliffe was forced to declare a state of emergency after an anti-racist protest to a rally staged by white nationalists broke out into violence at the University of Virginia campus.

Alt-right wing activists and white supremacists were gathered at the rally to protest the city of Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park where later, James Alex Fields Jr. of Maumee, Ohio was charged with second-degree murder after crashing a car into a stagnant line of cars. This, in turn, left 32-year-old Heather Heyer dead and at least 19 others injured. President Trump tweeted following the attack that Americans must “condemn all that hate stands for,” adding “there is no place for violence in America,” angering many after not specifically condemning white nationalists.

A collection of artists have since expressed their outrage, anger, and in turn stressed the importance of tangible action and togetherness.

A more memorable outraged reaction was that of DJ Craze, who condemned white artists failing to speak out and considered them to be self-interested and invested in maintaining fans.

Many other artists since responded. See their reactions below.


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