Charlottesville Syllabus — Zine #1 for August 12, 2017



12 AUGUST 2017


The Charlottesville Syllabus is a resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia. With resources selected and summaries written by UVa graduate students, the Syllabus is not sanctioned by the University, This abridged version of the Syllabus is organized into six sections that offer contemporary and archival primary and secondary sources (articles, books, responses, a documentary, databases) and a list of important terms for discussing white supremacy. Only “additional resources” are not available online (but can be found either on JSTOR, at the library, or for purchase).

What may be the largest fascist gathering in recent memory is being held in our town center this weekend. The Charlottesville Syllabus seeks to explore the local historical and contemporary precedents for this gathering; to give it history and context; to denounce it; and to amplify the voices of community members most affected by this “alt-right” occupation of our community space.

These resources are key to contextualizing the “alt-right” and their racist motivations. The “alt-right” have been working to distance themselves rhetorically from old-fashioned racist groups like the KKK, and it is essential that we do not let them falsify the narrative of white supremacy in Charlottesville and in this country.

A new and ongoing project, the syllabus is meant to be expanded, revised, and copied. Use this document as it’s useful to you, support each other, and take to the streets.

  • The GSCL

The KKK, the Alt Right, and the History of White Supremacist Groups in Charlottesville


Schmidt argues that the KKK thrived in and around Charlottesville because its white supremacy was in line with norms of civility, and was hence supported (if tacitly) by local civic institutions. Her piece provides a jarring and succinct history of white supremacist group presence in town, arguing that a break from politeness is necessary to take on the “alt-right.”

By exploring the history of Charlottesville’s confederate statues, eugenics, white supremacy in popular culture, the “alt-right,” Donald Trump and his cabinet, and more, Bouie demonstrates how racist “notions of white hegemony—of the idea that white Americans have a stronger claim on national resources, that they are somehow more legitimate citizens” have been and continue to be a part of U.S. history and politics.

A brief but illustrative history of the Ku Klux Klan’s origin, ideologies, and three main revivals including its place in contemporary Virginia and a timeline of events.

Mazique takes to task the assumption that “protecting first amendment rights” is a politically neutral stance when people of color are disproportionately threatened by the white supremacists whose rights are being protected by police and other local institutions. As Mazique puts it, framing nonviolent forms of struggle against hate and oppressive power is not the problem, and working towards a positive, just state of peace means taking to the streets.


Citizens Councils—a part of the fabric of the American South roughly during the years of 1954-1961—were created in order to represent racial integration as misguided, in opposition to what they saw to be the natural state of segregation and white supremacy. In addition to making their newspaper available, this online archive reveals the wide reach of white supremacy as well as its appeal to an educated upper-class populace and displays in specificity the vitriolic racism of the period.


Gentrification and the razing of Vinegar Hill, Charlottesville’s thriving black business district


Through scholarly research and interviews with surviving residents, this short film documents the history of Charlottesville’s Vinegar Hill neighborhood and its 1965 destruction, particularly exploring the link between property ownership and economic power.

Additional resources:

In this book, Saunders and Shackelford interviewed former denizens of Vinegar Hill who lived in Charlottesville before, during and/or after urban renewal razed the once-thriving black community as part of a federally funded redevelopment project. The people interviewed varied in experience and perspective–from businessmen to cooks and from supporters of the redevelopment to those who decried its adverse effect on black life in Charlottesville.

  • Root Shock” by Mindy Thompson Fullilove for Journal of Urban Health (March 2001)

Using several case studies from the second half of the twentieth century, Fullilove shows how the negative effects of urban renewal fall disproportionately on black communities and lead to dispossession, financial loss, psychological trauma, the fracturing of social organizations, and the collapse of political action. Furthermore, she argues that deurbanization policies ask us to consider how to manage “progress” in the context of democracy – what are the consequences when a government supports one group’s progress at the expense of another’s?


A historical site run by a UVa contingency in collaboration with the Carter G. Woodson

Institute that’s an astounding repository of archival materials: see in particular the “Viseyes Exhibits” for maps of Vinegar Hill before and after urban renewal razed the city section.

With maps, diagrams, design sketches, and photographs, architect Kenneth Schwartz identifies the causes of American cities’ physical and economic decline, using Charlottesville, and especially the Vinegar Hill neighborhood, as an exemplary case study. See also the site’s extensive bibliography, which lists resources on Charlottesville’s history, urban design, and cultural geography.


The Lost Cause, Memorialization, and Charlottesville’s Confederate Statues


Findings of the Blue Ribbon Commission, including summaries of historical research related to Charlottesville’s Confederate monuments and sites of African American history and community in the city, and recommendations about relocating and contextualizing the Lee and Jackson statues, possibly changing site names, and constructing new memorials to local African American history.

An account of the evolving local political and cultural conflict over the decision to remove the Robert E. Lee statue from Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.

A history of Charlottesville’s Confederate monuments that traces how the installation of the statues in the early 20th Century functioned as the vanguard of gentrification, uprooting and displacing black and immigrant communities from local centers of political and financial power.

 Additional Resources:

The decades after the Civil War were the greatest era of monument-building in American history. The statues installed in public spaces throughout the country constitute a kind of public memory of the national past that reifies white supremacy within the civic landscape.


A documentary history of early 20th Century Charlottesville that excavates the black residents who lived, worked, and resisted in the face of local and statewide white supremacist political activity.


Slavery and Thomas Jefferson’s University


In light of the archaeological discovery of another slave burial site on Grounds in

2013, this article examines the history of slavery at University of Virginia through the lens of its memorialization initiated by University community members. Wolfe’s article rests on the premise articulated by then-second year College undergraduate Jordan Jackson: “slaves built this university and they deserve to have something tangible.”

Hall considers the different valences of the meaning of “reparations” before contextualizing and interviewing University and community members about actions taken at UVa to reckon with the university’s and town’s histories of slavery.

Additional Resources:

Uses the historical archive to recover the lives of Sally Hemings and her family.

Thomas Jefferson gives his pseudoscientific argument that black people are inferior to white people, providing a strong evidence to refute arguments that Jefferson was not racist.

A historical study of the ways that the United States’ lead universities were built by the labor of slaves as well as the ways these universities went on to promote the racist ideologies that justified slavery.



The University of Virginia Pioneers the Eugenics Movement


Outlines the prominence of eugenics research and curricula at UVa, stemming from (first UVa president) Edwin Alderman’s commitment to what was considered a standard science in the first half of the 20th century. It also addresses the continued legacy at UVa, including buildings and noteworthy scholarships still named for eugenicists, as well as contextualizes UVa within the nationwide acceptance of eugenics during the same period.

An interactive history of Virginia’s Racial integrity laws that includes timelines, documents, photographs, and audio clips. The Racial Integrity Act was passed in the 1924 during the height of the eugenics movement. The Act defined the parameters of “whiteness” and prohibited interracial marriage. These laws remained on the books until the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision ruled the interracial marriage prohibition unconstitutional.

Dorr’s article describes the work, teachings, and mentorship of UVa Biology Professor and Dean of the College Ivey Lewis, who created one of the most well-known eugenics research programs in the country in the first half of the twentieth century. Lewis continued to advise students in the field long after these theories had fallen into disrepute. Dorr argues eugenics gave “educated, self-consciously modern Virginians” a means to continue justifying Jim Crow with a scientific gloss. Eugenics was a bridge between the archaisms of the Old South and the “progressive” scientism of the day a means to uphold white supremacy while still “ushering in modern liberal-industrial society in one motion.”


  • Eugenics (Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library)

Original historical documents, photographs, and other materials concerning the history of eugenics in Virginia are available at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. Its website gives an overview of the infamous supreme court ruling Buck v. Bell (1927) and its legacy. The court ruled the state of Virginia had the right to sterilize Charlottesville native Carrie Buck due to ‘imbecility,’ upholding the Virginia Sterilization Act of 1924. This Act would only be repealed in 1979, after over 7,000 Virginians had been forcibly sterilized.


Jim Crow and Civil Rights organizing by students at the University of Virginia


●      “Preserving Public Education in Charlottesville,” from The Moderates’ Dilemma: Massive Resistance to School Desegregation in Virginia, by Andrew B. Lewis (1998)

Lewis argues for the significance of The Parents’ Committee for Emergency Schooling (PCES)–an organization started in Charlottesville by nine white mothers in the aftermath of Brown v Board and Virginia Governor Lindsay Almond’s decision to close public schools and engage in massive resistance rather than allow schools to be desegregated. This organization decoupled support for public education with support for racial integration, and in so doing provided a third option for white Charlottesvillians and white Virginians who were wary of integration but loathe to do away with public education altogether. The success of the PCES and the position they maintained helped to make massive resistance via school closure a politically unviable option for Virginia.


Race and Place is an archive on racial segregation laws and their effects in Charlottesville. Focusing on the 1880s to mid-twentieth century, the database includes maps, letters, political broadsides, oral histories, and a historical timeline.

This site focuses on African American suffrage in Charlottesville from 1900 to 1925 and chronicles attempts to prevent African Americans from voting and anti-disenfranchisement political activity. Author T. Nicole Tucker has compiled news clippings, political correspondence, legislation, meeting minutes, and individual profiles of politically-active African Americans in Charlottesville.

Compiled by Atima Omara-Alwala, this project documents an often-untold period in UVA’s history: the University’s desegregation in the 1950s through the 1970s. In addition to photos, essays, and a historical timeline, the site features biographies of seven trailblazing African American alumni.

  • Black Fire (organized by Professors Kevin Jerome Everson and Claudrena N. Harold, begun in 2013)

A “multimedia initiative documenting the struggle for social justice and racial equality at the University of Virginia,” Black Fire uses alumni interviews, documentary film, public lectures, photography, and Black Student Alliance files to record the transformative power of student activism. Created by Professor Claudrena Harold and her students at UVA.

After August 12, Pt. 1: Community Responses to the White Supremacist Rally


· “‘Not Here, Not In My Town’: Charlottesville Black Lives Matter on the Meaning of Community Defense,” interview with Dr. Lisa Woolfork for In These Times, 14 August 2017

This interview with Dr. Lisa Woolfork, an associate professor at UVa and a member of Charlottesville’s Black Lives Matter chapter, outlines and contextualizes the violence of the white supremacist alt-right on August 12th as well as community responses to that violence. Professor Woolfork stands resolutely on the side of the counter protestors as people eager to defend their city against racist thought and action. The interview inspires with a tone of hope as well as a call-to-action to readers to investigate the structural racism occurring in their cities.

· “There is Only One Side to the Story of Charlottesville: Five lessons from what could prove a decisive moment,” by Tom Periello for Slate, 13 August 2017.

Periello argues that the events on Saturday August 12th were undeniably about race, enabled by Trump’s presidency, and reflective of the fact that America fails to grapple with the contemporary (violent) ramifications of monuments erected to celebrate the Confederacy. He further argues that the white supremacists who came out that weekend — in all of their varying forms — should be collectively considered the modern KKK. Finally, he argues that without stronger gun laws and stronger cries against white nationalist violence, what happened on August 12th could become a dystopian norm for America’s future.

· “Terror in Charlottesville, Part 2,” Amy Goodman interviews Cornel West, Rev. Traci Blackmon & BLM Activist Jalane Schmidt for Democracy Now, 14 August 2017

Cornel West, Harvard professor, Reverend Traci Blackmon, executive minister of Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ, and Jalane Schmidt, local Black Lives Matter activist and Professor of Religious Studies at UVa offer their first-hand perspective of August 12th. In addition, each comments on President Trump’s first response immediately following the terror attack. They all agree that Trump’s statements continue the political war he has been waging on people of color, trans people, and immigrants through his policies. Highlights include Professor Schmidt importantly dismissing myths around confederate statues; Professor West portrays antifa activists as life-savers and vigilant protectors of more defenseless counter protesters.

· “I witnessed terrorism in Charlottesville from a foot away,” David Straugh for Scalawag, August 15, 2017.

Charlottesville BLM organizer David Straugh’s moving, personal account of the events on August 11–12, from his experiences being besieged at St. Paul’s church Friday Night, participating in the counter-protests at Emancipation, celebrating the apparent victory over the White supremacists afterward, and then witnessing the horror and trauma of the tragic terrorist attack which took Heather Heyer’s life and injured 19 others.

· “Yes, What About the ‘Alt-Left’?”, Dahlia Lithwick compiles interviews with community members and witnesses to August 12, Slate, August 16, 2017.

Community eyewitness accounts of the counter-protests that refute Trump’s lies of a violent “alt-left” that “came charging with clubs in their hands, swinging clubs.” Instead, Antifa activists protected unarmed clergy and racial justice protesters from armed phalanxes of white supremacists — Cornel West even claimed afterward that they saved his life. Most of recollections compiled are of clergy who participated alongside West in an interfaith non-violent direct action to block the Park’s entrance from white supremacists.

After August 12, Pt. 2: Student Voices

· “What UVA Students Saw in Charlottesville,” Weston Gobar; Aryan A. Frazier; Isabella Ciambotti; Leanne Chia; Elizabeth Sines; Nojan Rostami; Brendan Novak for the New York Times, 13 August 2017. (Companion Facebook Live stream video available here.)

University of Virginia students recount what they saw and experienced on August 11th and 12th. These interviews detail the violence students saw downtown on August 12, moments of community solidarity and care, feelings about University administration’s response to the white supremacist march on the Lawn, and evolving opinions about the “alt-right” and the best ways to confront white supremacy.

· “What It Was Like to Witness Terror and Hate on Display at Charlottesville,” interview with Luca Connolly by Callie Beusman and Zing Tseng for Vice (Broadly), 14 August 2017.

Community activists Luca Connolly and Emily Gorenski recount their experiences on August 11–13 when they protested the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally. Importantly, both organizers remind us to see this rally as part of larger white supremacist movements and institutions. Counter to the oft-quoted idea that bigotry has “no place in American society,” Connolly and Gorenski identify the local, national, and international contexts that made the violence in Charlottesville both possible and predictable.

· “UVA Student Recounts His 24 Hours Of Counter-Protest in Charlottesville,” interview with Ian Ware by Hilary Hughes for MTV News, 12 August 2017.

UVA student activist Ian Ware gives his eyewitness account of events of the weekend. He discusses the importance of grappling with Thomas Jefferson and the legacy of white supremacy at UVA and in Charlottesville more generally, noting that although neo-Nazis aren’t a constant presence, the need to dismantle systemic white supremacy in Charlottesville and UVA remains. Ware also notes the lack of police action despite their heavy numbers, even compared to the KKK rally the month before.

· “Natalie Romero es la colombiana de 20 años víctima de ataque en Charlottesville,” TV interview with Natalie Romero by Hannah Melissa Borja for RED Noticias, 14 August 2017.

[Spanish language source] Twenty year old UVA student, Natalie Romero, of Colombian nationality, was one of the 35 people injured in the attacks on counter-protesters that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, August 12. She suffered a fracture in her cranium. Correspondent Jaime Moreno spoke with one of her friends, who said that Natalie is recovering from her injuries and that her passion for racial justice has not diminished.

· “Charlottesville might be changed for me forever’ Students Contemplate Return to School,” featuring Ian Nakayama; Wes Gobar; Oronde Andrews; Devin Willis, by Susan Svrluga; T. Rees Shapiro, Sarah Larimer for Washington Post, 14 August 2017.

This article documents the experiences of student activists who participated in the counter-demonstrations held on August 11 and 12, ranging from terror at the “monstrous hatred” of the torchlit march and fear in the chaos of the vehicular terrorist attack on Fourth and Water St. to catharsis facing white supremacy head-on at Emancipation Park. The article particularly addresses the emotional impact of these events on the students as they prepare to begin the fall semester at UVa.

Sections in Progress (with resources)

 The Charlottesville Syllabus is a new and ongoing project organized through the University of Virginia Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation that explores the entwined histories of violence, oppression, and power as it effects Charlottesville’s marginalized populations.

Future sections will include writings on queer life and history in Charlottesville, with particular attention to the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of local woman Sage Smith (see activist and former Charlottesville resident Emma Eisenberg’s excellent “‘I Am A Girl Now,’ Sage Smith Wrote. Then She Went Missing,” (24 June 2017); work on indigenous tribes in Charlottesville and Virginia more broadly(The Virginia Indian Heritage Trail, an online guide ed. Kerenne Wood (2008) and We’re Still Here: Contemporary Virginia Indians Tell Their Stories, by Sandra F. Waugaman and Danielle Moretti-Langholtz (2000), to begin); writing on the forced redevelopment of Charlottesville’s housing complex Friendship Courts (see the Resident Directed Positive Vision for Redevelopment written by the PHAR Board, which is comprised entirely of people in affordable housing and created in order to reckon with redevelopment, an extension of gentrification and the razing of Vinegar Hill); work surrounding the excellent Take Back the Archive database initiative, a collaboration between UVa students, faculty, archivists, and librarians that’s meant to preserve, visualize, and contextualize the history of rape and sexual violence at the University of Virginia, honoring individual stories and documenting systemic issues and trends; and, importantly, critiques of white centrist liberal racism in town (“I Rebuke You, Charlottesville” by D. Straughn for Parle Mag, 8 June 2017; “A message to Charlottesville about Lee Park from your local Black farmer,” by Chris Newman for the Sylvanaqua Farms Facebook Page, 17 May 2017; “What It’s Like To Be A Black Student As White Supremacists March In Your College Town,” by UVa student activist Wes Gobar for Vox, 19 May 2017).

Important terms:

  • Race and racism
  • Racism = Prejudice + Power

Prejudice—preconceived opinion not based on reason or actual experience; bias, partiality.

Racism—(original definition) the belief that all members of a purported race possess characteris- tics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or supe- rior to another race or other races. Racism is a particular form of prejudice defined by precon- ceived erroneous beliefs about race and members of racial groups.

  • White “supremacy”
  • White supremacists are those who espouse the superiority of “whiteness”
  • White supremacy culture
  • Destructive racial injustices and racial disparities – in health, employment, education, wealth, safety, and more – persist today as its enduring legacy
  • Everyone participates in this system
  • White identiarianism
  • Celebrates white-centered, “culture,” and holds that white people have interests in common that must be defended
  • White nationalism
  • Belief that national identity should be built around white culture and that white people must maintain both a demographic majority and dominance of the nation’s culture and public life.

Breakdown by: Benjamin Doherty and Andrew Mahler



The UVa Graduate student Coalition for Liberation is an expanding interdepartmental group of graduate students committed to making the University of Virginia and the city of Charlottesville more just places to live and work. In our unique position as students, researchers, and educators, we seek to pool and share knowledge. And in our position as workers and community members, we seek to build coalitions with undergraduates, fellow University workers, and other community members in Charlottesville, holding our University accountable to all those it serves and affects.


Contact us with questions, comments, syllabus suggestions, and requests to be added to our mailing list or to join the Coalition!

University of Virginia Graduate Students Response to the planned KKK Rally.

***Updated on 9/13/2017: This is not the original document.  It is posted here for archiving purposes.
*** At last count, more than 400 signed onto the original letter.

We, the undersigned graduate students at the University of Virginia and the wider community, are committed to fostering a community that welcomes and upholds the humanity of people of color, sexual minorities, gender minorities, religious minorities, and all who choose to make UVA their institution and Charlottesville their home. For these reasons, we condemn the rally proposed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on July 8th, 2017.

The KKK has a long history of murdering and terrorizing Black people. They are resolutely hostile to all people of color, immigrants, religious minorities, sexual minorities, and gender minorities. The Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League have condemned the KKK as a hate group, and cities across the nation have taken active actions against them, including labelling them a terrorist group. It is through ongoing indifference that the KKK and other like organizations are able to continually persecute our communities.

The City Council’s permit for the planned march will be seen by many as signaling tolerance for the White Knights. Allowing such a group to rally uncontested abets their effort to create a hostile environment for marginalized communities.

We call on the University of Virginia to acknowledge its responsibility to its students and the Charlottesville community by, at the very least, publicly condemning the KKK rally, which is expressly intended to threaten, intimidate and terrorize members of our community. We call on the University to recommit to efforts to make its students feel safe. As a pillar in the Charlottesville community and a well-respected academic institution nationwide, the University of Virginia’s strong condemnation of Klan activity in Charlottesville would resonate widely, and would be in keeping with goals to foster a Culture of Truth and a Community of Trust* among students and university officials.

As academics, we are well positioned to appreciate the power of free speech to speak up for the defense of marginalized communities. We, the undersigned, pledge to provide our continued support in opposition to the July 8th rally by KKK and any actions of bigotry by similar groups.

* Black Student Alliance at University of Virginia, “Towards a Better University,” April 2015, 14.

*** The list of signatories will be constantly updated to reflect the range of support ***


Elizabeth Stafford, Undergraduate student

Ms. Dannah Dennis, Graduate student
macario garcia, Graduate student
Michelle Morgenstern, Graduate student
Ida Hoequist, Graduate student
Ms. Jacqueline Cieslak, Graduate student
Lee Bloch, Graduate student
Alessandro Questa, Graduate student
Bremen Donovan, Graduate student
Susan Palazzo, Graduate student
Ms. Alison Broach, Graduate student
Eva Alvarado, Undergraduate student
Mr. John Favini, Graduate student

Ms. Allison Slomski, Alumni
Ms. Alex Dao, Alumna
Patricia Basile, Graduate student

Ms. Alicia Caticha, Graduate student

Mr. Luca Beale, Graduate student
Dr. Kristen Jones, Alumni
Mr. Andrew Burkhardt, Graduate student

Ms. Lydia Chu, Graduate student
Lena Lewis, Graduate student

Ms. Elizabeth Wagner, Graduate student

Ms. Priya Curtis, Alumna (GSAS ’08)

Brianna Benjamin, Undergraduate student
Erin Kodis, Graduate student
Mr. Adam Huckaby, Graduate student
Ms. Irene Cheng, Graduate student

Cailey Fitzgerald, Graduate student
Tom Moutinho, Graduate student
Mr. Benjamin Anton, Graduate student

Joanna Nowacka, Graduate student
Lyndsey Muehling, Graduate student

Dr. Ivan Shabalin, Research Scientist

Ms. Angela Taliaferro, Staff Member

Sara Murphy, Staff Member

Professor Judith White, Faculty
Ms. Kelly Barford, Graduate student

Mr. Joseph Zehner, Graduate student

Ms. Gail Wiley, Alumna
Dr. Douglas Day, alumnus

Jack Wadden, Graduate student

Ms. Jennifer Darsie, Faculty

Ms. Helena Chung, Graduate student
Mr. Bobby Elliott, Graduate student
Anna Tomlinson, Graduate student

Dr. Carolina Melo, Staff Member
Ms. Francisca Romo, Graduate student
Carolina Moreira Vasquez, Graduate student
Dr. Mimi Arbeit, Postdoctoral Fellow
Abigail Scheerschmidt, Graduate student
Haley Johnson, Graduate student
Renee Gallo, Graduate student
Ms. Pilar Alamos, Graduate student
Dannele Ferreras, Graduate student
Ms. Pilar Alamos, Graduate student
Ms. Ashley Salinas, Graduate student
Ms. Alicia Bouley, Graduated student
Breanna Dufour, Graduate student
Shannon Reilly, Graduate student
Ms. Rose Cole, Graduate student
Ms. Danielle Lewis, Graduate student
Ms. Chelsea Duran, Graduate student

Mr. Evan Bruno, Graduate student

Mr. Tyler Hutcherson, Graduate student

Joaquín Saldain, Graduate student

Mr. Luis Lopez-Ruiz, Graduate student
Heather Spence, Graduate student

Ms. Cannon Lane, Graduate student
Dionte Harris, Graduate student
Maya Hislop, Graduate student
Mr. Alex Lenkei, Graduate student
Nathan Frank, Graduate student
Ms. Christina Black, Community Member
Ms. Landis Grenville, Graduate student
Ms. Emelye Keyser, Graduate student
Sarah Storti, Graduate student
Ms. Esther Yu, Alumna
Mr. Rory Sullivan, Graduate student
Carol Guarnieri, Graduate student
Lydia Brown, Graduate student
Ms. Lee Ann Kinkade, Alumna
Aaron Colton, Graduate student
Mr. Andrew Barrow, Graduate student
Valerie Voight, Graduate student
Sherif Abdelkarim, Graduate student
Mr. Piers Gelly, Graduate student
Ms. Samantha Wallace, Graduate student
Mr. Paul Legault, Alumnus
Ms. Katelyn Durkin, Graduate student
Madeline Zehnder, Graduate student
Ms. Eva Latterner, Graduate student
Sophie Abramowitz, Graduate student
Ms. Annie Galvin, Graduate student
Sarah Winstein-Hibbs, Graduate student
Laura All, Graduate student
Ms. Susan Fraiman, Faculty
Ms. Stephanie Bernhard, Graduate student
Mr. Evan Cheney, Graduate student

Ms. Jessica Munyan, Graduate student
Ms. Solianna Herrera, Graduate student
Ms. Brynn Cook, Graduate student
Amber Slatosky, Graduate student
Dr. Rosemary Malfi, Alumni (PhD)
Dr. Ariela Haber, Community Member

Ms. Rena Morse, Staff Member

Ms. Alexandra T. Evans, Graduate student
Ms. Emily Sackett, Graduate student
Mr. Michael de Groot, Graduate student
Mr. Tom Butcher, Graduate student
Ms. Alexi Garrett, Graduate student
Mr. Erik Erlandson, Graduate student
Mr. Clayton Jonah Butler, Graduate student
Mr. Chris Halsted, Graduate student
Ms. Katie Lantz, Graduate student
Ms. Monica Kristin Blair, Graduate student
Ms. Melissa Gismondi, Graduate student
Mr. Yuchen Zhao, Graduate student
Mr. Abeer Saha, Graduate student
Josh Morrison, Graduate student
Ms. Kathleen Berggren, Graduate student
Shira Lurie, Graduate student
Joseph Thompson, Graduate student
Jing Luo, Graduate student
Joseph Thompson, Graduate student
Mr. Jeremy Sharp, Alumni
Rachael G. Johnson, Graduate student
Mr. Stefan Lund, Graduate student
Mr. Connor Kenaston, Graduate student
Mr. Nicholas Scott, Graduate student
Devin Zuckerman, Graduate student

Ms. Arcadia M. Rodriguez-Ruiz, Undergraduate student

Ms. Lisseth Ochoa, Alumni
Mr. Robert Pomeroy, Graduate student
Ms. Michelle Garafalo, Graduate student
Ms. Shruthi Prabhu, Graduate student
Amanda Lineberry, Graduate student
Ms. Courtney Koelbel, Graduate student
Mr. Campbell Haynes, Graduate student
Mr. Jah Akande, Graduate student
Jim Dennison, Graduate student
Ms. Suzy Lee, Graduate student
Ms. Nicole Lawler, Graduate student
Ms. Maya Iyyani, Graduate student
Elyse Moy, Graduate student
Ms. Lollie Akere, Graduate student
Ms. Kamillia Scott, Graduate student
Mr. Chris Martin, Graduate student
Ms. Lauren Cassady, Graduate student
Mr. Jason Boyle, Graduate student
Jeremy Bennie, Graduate student
Keisha James, Graduate student
Ms. Kimberly Delk, Graduate student

Mr. Dave Ghamandi, Faculty
Mr. Bill Sun, Staff Member
Mr. Joseph Azizi, Staff Member

Mr. Gerard Rodriguez, Graduate student

Pamela Gregoretti, Alumni

Brandi Skanes, Graduate student
Professor David Chapman, Faculty

Ms. Amaya Cotton-Caballero, Graduate student
Ms. Jewel Llamas, Graduate student
Mr. Alex Clavijo, Graduate student
Mr. Evan Rajadhyaksha, Graduate student
Ms. Jenna Thuman, Graduate student
Mr. Sergio Patton, Graduate student
Brianna Bagalkotkar, Graduate student
Hannah Kaleebi, Graduate student

Ms. Tiffany Shand, Graduate student
Mr. Awndre Gamache, Graduate student
Mr. Anthony Rodriguez, Graduate student
Ms. Amanda Lulu, Graduate student
CJ Anderson, Graduate student
Aditi Upadhye, Graduate student

Joshua Bocher, Alumni

Mr. Ben Luca Robertson, Graduate student
Aldona Dye, Graduate student
Ms. Amy Coddington, Graduate student
Steven Lewis, Graduate student
Dr. Jarek Paul Ervin, UVa Alumni (PhD, Music, 2017)
Stephanie Gunst, Graduate student

Dr. Emily Andre, Graduate student
Dr. Ioana Marin, Graduate student
Mr. Geoffrey Norris, Graduate student
Dr. Bryson Reynolds, Alumnus
Mark Rudolf, Graduate student

Ms. Cecilia Quinonez, Graduate student
Ms. Leslie Balcazar de Martinez, Graduate student
Katherine Lindstrom, Graduate student
Ms. Katherine Gutierrez, Graduate student
Ms. Erin Johns, UVA Alumna
Katy meinbresse, Alumni

Ms. Alexandra Harris, Graduate student

Mr. Alex Keller, Graduate student
Mr. Adi Narahari, Graduate student

Colin Kielty, Graduate student
Ms. Paromita Sen, Graduate student
Mr. Sam Plapinger, Graduate student
Ms. Jennifer Simons, Graduate student
Alex Welch, Graduate student
Dan Henry, Graduate student
Mr. Jingcai Ying, Graduate student
Ms. Aycan Katitas, Graduate student
Mr. Daniel Davis, Graduate student
Ms. Chelsea Goforth, Graduate student
Brittany Leach, Graduate student
Ms. Kimberly Ganczak, Graduate student
Mr. Ben Helms, Graduate student
Mr. Andrew Gates, Graduate student
Mr. Geoffrey Gordon, Graduate student
Mr. Ross Mittiga, Graduate student
Ahmed Teleb, Graduate student
Ms. Jordan Brandon, Alumna

Anup Gampa, Graduate student
Robert Moulder, Graduate student
Ms. Marlen Z. Gonzalez, Graduate student
Andrea Negrete, Graduate student
Sierra Eisen, Graduate student
Ms. Miranda Beltzer, Graduate student
Ms. Meltem Yucel, Graduate student
Ms. Marissa Drell, Graduate student
Dr. Sam Portnow, Alum
Ms. Audrey wittrup, Graduate student
Hyeonjin Bak, Graduate student
Jessica Mazen, Graduate student
Sara Medina-DeVilliers, Graduate student
Jane Tucker, Graduate student
Ms. Kelci Straka, Former undergraduate student
Dr. Rachel G. Riskind, Alum (GSAS ’13)
Dr. Kelly Hoffman, Former graduate student
Jamie Albright, Graduate student
Ms. Veronica Weser, Graduate student
Ms. Caroline Kelsey, Graduate student
Dr. David Reinhard, Graduate
Mr. Karl Fua, Graduate student
Ms. Jessica Taggart, Graduate student
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Ms. Emily Loeb, Graduate student
Ms. Kelly Wroblewski, Graduate student
Ms. Meret Hofer, Graduate student
Ms. Janelle Billingsley, Graduate student
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Ms. Diane-Jo Bart-Plange, Graduate student

Mr. Michael Capps, Graduate student

Ananda Reed, Alum
Jasleen Bawa, Graduate student
Mr. Eric Hilker, Graduate student
Mr. Oscar Tovar-Argueta, Graduate student
Naomi Worth, Graduate student
Ms. Meghan Hartman, Graduate student
Ms. Melanie Monteclaro Pace, Graduate student
Ms. Rebecca Draughon, Graduate student
Kayla Kauffman, Graduate student
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Luke Beck Kreider, Graduate student
David Griffin, Graduate student
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Gaston Jean-Xavier Arze, Graduate student
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Mr. Matt Farley, Graduate student
Rev. Thomas Isaac Collins, Graduate student
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Mr. Patrick Derdall, Graduate student
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Mr. Nathan Walton, Graduate student
Michelle Walsh, Graduate student
Daniel Kingsley, Undergraduate student

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Ms. Diana Catalina Vallejo Pedraza, Graduate student
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M. Gomez, Graduate student
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Emily Kingsley, Activist
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Dr. Guy Aiken, PhD graduate 2017, Villanova University
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University of Virginia Community Response to the August 12 “Unite the Right” Rally

On Saturday, August 12, an emerging coalition of hate groups – representing a variety of unambiguously white supremacist ideologies and agendas – plans to rally at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. Headlining this event is the prominent white nationalist and UVA alumnus Richard Spencer, and coordinating it is fellow alumnus Jason Kessler. We the undersigned students, faculty and staff call upon the UVA community to go beyond last Friday’s letter and join in public condemnation of Spencer and Kessler, their views, and their ongoing effort to leverage their connection to our University and our community to legitimize white supremacy.

Spencer is the most visible public figure of the “alt-right,” a movement which strives to reinsert hate speech and explicit white supremacy into mainstream discourse through the appearance of respectability. In May, Spencer spoke under the statue of Robert E. Lee at a torch-bearing gathering in Emancipation Park (then “Lee Park”) that clearly and deliberately reenacted the historical imagery of the Ku Klux Klan. Spencer and Kessler will now lead a host of white supremacist organizations – some with documented histories of violence – in “marching” at the “Unite the Right” rally next Saturday, an event that seeks to normalize racist discourse and physically intimidate minority communities by symbolically barring those communities from their own public spaces.

Spencer’s public prominence — from which his ability to rally a wide range of open and militant white supremacist groups is derived — depends on his ability to self-confer intellectual credibility. For this reason, Spencer regularly touts his connection to UVA. To remain silent regarding an association with a person who openly celebrates the symbols of genocide is to be complicit in his actions. In breaking this silence, UVA would follow the example of a growing network of alumni from our university and Spencer’s other institutions who have publicly disavowed him. In an email condemning the July 8 KKK rally, President Sullivan explicitly named the “ideologies of hatred and exclusion” that the event represented. We ask that the University respond similarly to the coming August 12 rally by publicly and explicitly condemning both the rally and the toxic ideology of its most prominent figures, in order to stand in solidarity with all those imperiled by them.