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A year after Charlottesville, violent white supremacist groups continue to operate with impunity

Edu Bayer
Courtesy Frontline and ProPublica
A scene from the clashes at the Unite the Right rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville.

  On today’s edition of Your Call, we look back on Charlottesville by discussing Documenting Hate: Charlottesville, a FRONTLINE documentary that exposes how white supremacist groups continue to operate with impunity.

On August 12, 2017, a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned deadly. Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer was killed after an alleged white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. DeAndre Harris, a young black man, was viciously beaten by a group of white supremacists. We’ll speak with journalist A.C. Thompson about the documentary and what he learned about these violent groups.


A.C. Thompson, investigative reporter with ProPublica and PBS FRONTLINE correspondent for Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

Don Gathers, former chair of Charlottesville’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Race, Memorials and Public Spaces, deacon at Charlottesville’s First Baptist church, and founder of the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter

Web Resources:

PBS: Documenting Hate: Charlottesville

CityLab: Stopping White Supremacists From Taking Over an American City Again

Guardian US: Berkeley police under fire for publishing anti-fascist activists' names and photos

Slate: Portland Investigating Police Actions Toward Antifa Protesters at Far-Right Rally


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.