White supremacist rallies in Va. lead to violence

A month earlier, on July 8, 2017, members of the Ku Klux Klan demonstrated in Charlottesville against the planned removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee, and called for the protection of Southern Confederate monuments. 

Amid heightened community outcries for the removal of monuments honoring Confederate heroes, some white Southerners have promoted secession from the Union. The League of the South, a white nationalist group, advocates for “nothing less than the complete reconquest and restoration of our patrimony – the whole, entire South.”

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