One may stand up for one’s beliefs without physical confrontation. I urge students and all UVA community members to avoid the August 12 rally and avoid physical confrontation generally. There is a credible risk of violence at this event, and your safety is my foremost concern.
Moreover, to approach the rally and confront the activists would only satisfy their craving for spectacle. They believe that your counter-protest helps their cause. One advocate of the rally said, “We should aim to draw the SJWs [social justice warriors] out in Charlottesville and create a massive polarizing spectacle in order to draw as huge a contrast as possible. They will reveal themselves to be violent, intolerant, opposed to free speech, the insane enforcers of political correctness, etc.” The organizers of the rally want confrontation; do not gratify their desire.
…the city (of Charlottesville) has told us to ignore (the supremacists) and attend the other events they scheduled but, of course, historically, ignoring white supremacy has not been a winning strategy.
There were a bunch of groups that came together to organize: Standing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a Black Lives Matter chapter, a recently formed group called Congregate C-Ville, which is a group of faith leaders; EPIC: Equity and Progress; and even some people from the Indivisible chapters of Charlottesville had come to organizing meetings. We had a lot of people working on a lot of different fronts. It took a lot of organizing on everything from action plans, security, to medics, to jail support and then attentive legal response.