Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments protest

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A multi-racial coali­tion of faith, stu­dent and com­mu­nity ac­tivists an­nounced Satur­day that they plan to march from Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia, to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal in re­sponse what they called Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s fail­ure to con­front the white supremacy on dis­play at a vi­o­lent rally in the Vir­ginia city ear­lier this month.

The 10-day march will be­gin Mon­day and is ex­pected to stop at Con­fed­er­ate mon­u­ments along the route. Or­ga­nized by groups in­clud­ing the Women’s March on Wash­ing­ton, Color of Change, In­di­vis­i­ble, Re­pair­ers of the Breach and the Move­ment for Black Lives, the march is ex­pected to end in Wash­ing­ton on Sept. 6.

Or­ga­niz­ers say white su­prem­a­cist vi­o­lence, rhetoric and poli­cies have in­ten­si­fied since Trump’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and must be con­fronted. The Aug. 12 rally in Char­lottesville — where pro­test­ers in­clud­ing pro­fessed neoNazis and white na­tion­al­ists ral­lied to save a statue of Con­fed­er­ate Gen­eral Robert E. Lee — erupted in vi­o­lence and counter-pro­tester Heather Heyer was killed when she was struck by a car that plowed through a crowd.

Trump gave a mixed re­sponse to the vi­o­lence. The pres­i­dent con­demned white supremacy, de­fended Con­fed­er­ate stat­ues and blamed “many sides” for the vi­o­lence. Those crit­i­cal of Trump wanted him to go fur­ther in re­ject­ing racist ex­trem­ism.

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