Charlottesville, Virginia is about to play host to a third white nationalist rally this weekend.
In what the Southern Poverty Law Center predicts could be “the largest hate-gathering of its kind in decades,” police are anticipating anywhere from 2,000-6,000 people including counter-protesters.
Dubbed “Unite the Right,” the group will congregate at the statue of Confederate General Robert E.
Lee at Emancipation Park.
Prior to this event, in July a Ku Klux Klan rally of 50 members gathered in support around the statue of Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.
Then, back in May white nationalist Richard Spencer led a demonstration protesting plans to remove the statue of General Lee.
With lit torches held high, the sight alarmed city officials for appearing to resemble a Ku Klux Klan demonstration.
Charlottesville has become a flashpoint for white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right activists because of its number of Confederate monuments.
Now with a largely progressive community looking to remove such memorabilia from the everyday landscape, protesters have the city in their sights and organizer Jason Kessler says he plans to have even bigger events.