“Heather Heyer Is Our Viola Liuzzo—a Hero Who Will Help Save Lives” -Daily Beast

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” Though there have been a number of high profile deaths in recent years that have sparked outrage, and inspired debates about civil rights in America, none at all has been as universally condemned as Heyer’s. More specifically the shameful, and tragic demise of Heather Heyer will likely prove to be a painful, yet galvanizing moment, for our entire country, unifying people who agree on very little except that her death Why ought to have happened. Before Viola Liuzzo’s death, countless black Americans had been murdered, in acts of domestic terrorism stretching back decades, particularly during such time modern day civil rights movement.

But Liuzzo’s demise was covered with a tenacity that previous victims’ weren’t and resulted in convictions of some of the Klan members involved, for federal civil rights violations, type of justice that eluded numerous black victims of domestic terrorism. (This, despite alleged efforts by some members of the government to impede the investigation into her death.) Gun violence ravaged poor urban communities, for years, claiming endless young black lives but it was the Columbine shooting that ultimately inspired millions of mothers across the country, numerous of them white, and affluent, to join in addition to the Million Mom March on Washington. This means that as tragic as Damond’s demise was, her legacy will likely chip in save other lives, because people are engaged on this issue who might not have been were it not, for her. More recently, the shooting demise of Justine Damond, a white native of Australia shot by a Minneapolis police officer, generated more collective condemnation than the numerous other victims of police violence prior to her.

To be clear, there were plenty of activists who’d worked tirelessly to secure the bill’s passage prior to Liuzzo but she helped transform the image of the civil rights movement, which she called “everybody’s fight,” from that of a black American problem to an American responsibility. Heather Heyer lost her life and the president took an uncomfortable amount of time to clarify something almost all decent people learn as children: that a basic tenet of decency as an American includes emphatically denouncing the Ku Klux Klan and a person shouldn’t need a lengthy amount of time (or a spokesperson) to do it. (Of course, if only perfect people were deserving of humanity, or justice, we’d all be in trouble.) Even deaths that seemed to be clear cut, such as that of Walter Scott, a black man who was became popular video being shot in the back by a police officer, managed to divide, with Scott’s past imperfections being invoked by those seeking to defend the man who killed him. Following an incredibly divisive presidential campaign, our country has felt increasingly at odds over, well… everything, from immigration, to LGBT rights, the police, free speech, race relations and almost all notably the current president….Read The Full Article Here

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