by A.C. Thompson and Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, and Karim Hajj, special to ProPublica,
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — There was nothing haphazard about the violence that erupted today in this bucolic town in Virginia’s heartland. At about 10 a.m. today, at one of countless such confrontations, an angry mob of white supremacists formed a battle line across from a group of counter-protesters, many of them older and gray-haired, who had gathered near a church parking lot. On command from their leader, the young men charged and pummeled their ideological foes with abandon. One woman was hurled to the pavement, and the blood from her bruised head was instantly visible.
A.C. Thompson is covering the rise in hate crimes in America as part of our Documenting Hate project. If you’ve witnessed or been the victim of a hate crime or bias incident — in Charlottesville or elsewhere — tell us your story.
Standing nearby, an assortment of Virginia State Police troopers and Charlottesville police wearing …read more