Teresa Younger

By Stephanie Younger • 

On August 11-12, Klansmen, and Neo-Nazis attended the Unite the Right Rally, a demonstration against the removal of the Confederate monument. They attacked counter-protestors, many who were of anti-fascist and anti-racist activists. According to Al-Jazeera, the white supremacists injured 35 people; and a white supremacist rammed his car into multiple protestors, killing Heather Heyer.

Today’s Richmond Stands United For Racial Justice Rally was organized by the Richmond Peace Education Center and the Virginia Interfaith Center For Public Policy. This rally calls for the removal of Confederate statues in Richmond, and one of the many protests across America responding to the demonstrations led by Klansmen and Neo-Nazis who attacked anti-racist and anti-fascist activists. Hundreds marched from the Maggie Walker Plaza to Monument Avenue singing, beating drums and chanting, “Hey, hey! Ho, Ho! Racism has got to go!”

Teresa Younger

There were three signs on the Maggie Lena Walker Plaza that read, #MonumentsShouldBe, spotlighting Black activists, including Angela Davis, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi and Bayard Rustin. I haven’t heard of these activists until recently, since the schools I attended in Henrico County, Virginia did not teach a lot about Black activists.

On August 28th Richmond Peace Education Center held a Reflection Space for community members to reflect on the events in Charlottesville, which is is a place I once called home. Over the past month, I reflected on how important it is for not only white people to be allies; We as Black people need to stand against misogynoir when and wherever we see it, in our lives, to dismantle it in the media, and to put Black people across multiple backgrounds, especially Black women, Black queer people, Black trans people at the forefront of these movements.

Stephanie Younger is a 15-year-old aspiring computer programmer and writer based in Central Virginia.