Charlottesville’s Vice Mayor Dr. Wesley Bellamy took to Instagram this morning to show, Charlottesville is united and grateful for the ultimate sacrifice that Heather Heyer, the 32-year old paralegal who was killed over the weekend standing against hatred and bigotry.
Charlottesville, VA made news over the weekend as the white nationalists’ Unite to Right rally turned deadly with attendees clashing with anti-protesters and police. The governor declared a state of emergency, after 19 people were injured and Heyer was killed during a car crash after a neo-nazi supporter drove into a crowd.
While Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white nationalist movement, has tried to blame the police for lack of support. Dr. Bellamy was quoted in an interview saying he will not throw their policemen under the bus that way and is sure they took preventative measures to prevent the weekend’s events.
“They can continue to come, but our community will not break. Should white supremacists “under the guidance of their president, number 45” decide to return to Charlottesville, the people will not stand for it,” Dr. Bellamy said in an interview with CNN.
And yet, Dr. Bellamy is not unfamiliar with that form of hate, as he has been a victim of hate mail and death threats himself. We featured Dr. Bellamy earlier this year, in our Uplift the Black Man issue in an article entitled, “Doing His Part: Wes Bellamy”. If you would like to learn more about him, grab a copy.