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Beacons of hope

This story is several years old now, but it shows that even in the face of overwhelming odds a small few can inspire us and give us hope for the future.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/charlottesville-counterprotest#4ldqpfp

Julia Reinstein
Posted on August 12, 2017, at 12:43 p.m. ET

On Friday night, hundreds of torch-wielding white nationalists marched on the University of Virginia's campus in Charlottesville.

The march came before Saturday's "Unite the Right" protest against the proposed removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park, formerly called Lee Park.

Fights broke out at the Friday night march, with multiple reports of counterprotesters being pepper-sprayed by the white nationalists, according to local paper the Cavalier Daily.
The groups were separated by law enforcement, who declared a wrongful assembly.

“This is not something that we thought would ever happen, that we would ever see in our lifetime," Alex Spratley, a second-year student who counterprotested, told the Cavalier Daily. "It’s wild.”

In the middle of the gathering, a small group of counterprotesters, which included students, linked arms and encircled a statue.


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