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Your Call: How should we respond to white supremacists in Charlottesville & beyond?

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a car rammed into a crowd during a march in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 13

On Saturday, hundreds of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan marched in Charlottesville, Virginia. They came with guns, shields and clubs, Nazi-style helmets, confederate flags, and Nazi paraphernalia. 

The racist march ended with a white supremacist ramming his car into a group of peaceful protesters killing one young woman and injuring 19 others. What are the underlying reasons for the rise of fascism in the US? How should this be combated? 


Jeff Sharlet, associate professor of literary journalism at Dartmouth, and author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

Rochelle Riley, award-winning columnist for the Detroit Free Press, and author of the forthcoming book The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery

Ross MittigaPhD candidate at University of Virginia's Department of Politics

Web Resources:

The New Yorker: Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America

The NY Times: Heather Heyer, Charlottesville Victim, Is Recalled as ‘a Strong Woman’

Rolling Stone: After Charlottesville Rally Ends in Violence, Alt-Right Vows to Return

Propublica: Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville

The New Yorker: The Battle of Charlottesville

The NY Times: What U.Va. Students Saw in Charlottesville

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.