Requiem for Charlottesville

, Malcolm A. Kline, 3 Comments

In the wake of the August 11, 2017 riots at the University of Virginia that left three dead and dozens injured, I was asked to comment on it when I addressed more than a dozen African journalists. I demurred, for about the same reason that I occasionally demur on similar questions: I told the young lady who made the inquiry that I simply did not have enough information on the event.

Now, nearly five months after the fact, we know a lot more about what transpired before the Charlottesville face-off between the alt-right and alt left, thanks to a public records request from The Chronicle of Higher Education that netted the publication thousands of internal emails from UVA. “The documents show administrators slowly coming to grips with the full scope of a menacing mob, which brought with it violence that, according to an internal investigation, might have been defused or prevented had the campus police and university leaders heeded warning signs,” Jack Stipling wrote in The Chronicle in an article which appeared on December 1, 2017.

For one thing, we have learned that campus police are singularly ill-suited to address genuine security concerns. “Al Thomas Jr., chief of police in Charlottesville, was among several law-enforcement officers who offered assistance to the UVa police before the white supremacists started marching,” Stipling wrote. “’Thanks,’ responded Michael Gibson, the university’s police chief.”

“’We’ll see how this plays out.’”


3 Responses

  1. AreYouKidding

    December 11, 2017 2:34 pm

    “left three dead and dozens injured” – Way to be honest there. One person died of a heart attack at the rally and the other two “left dead” were 20 miles away in a state police helicopter that ran into mechanical troubles, completely unrelated to the demonstration. The more lies I see in the national newspapers regarding this event the more I realize that there actually is a controlled narrative.

  2. Joseph Kozuh

    December 11, 2017 5:00 pm

    I blame the riot on the Alt-Left who thinks they can violently assault Conservatives with impunity.

    QUESTION: How many rioters are being criminally prosecuted … ???

  3. Colleen Lawler

    December 12, 2017 2:25 am

    There’s more to the story. I heard that the city had tried to get the protest staged away from the campus, but a legal battle and a judge forced the location to downtown. I also heard the students were ecouraged to stay far away from the outside groups and the demonstrations. Am I misinformed?

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