Charlottesville Rally Aimed To Defend A Confederate Statue. It May Have Doomed Others

White supremacists gathered near a Confederate monument Saturday with the stated intent of saving it. But after a weekend of violence, other cities are now speeding the removal of their own statues.
The statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands in the center of Emancipation Park the day after violence broke out in Charlottesville, Va. The "Unite the Right" rally aimed to save the statue, which the city council has voted to remove. But several cities have now reacted to the rally by hastening the removal of their own Confederate monuments. / Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

On Saturday, white supremacists converged on Charlottesville, Va. to protest the pending removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Their stated goal: to "take America back" — and to begin doing so by saving Lee's monument, which has become a lightning rod since the local city council voted to remove it earlier this year.

Within hours, in the chaos surrounding the gathering — one of whom by a rally attendee.

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