The nation watched in horror as violence broke out between white supremacists and counter protesters earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia, at a rally protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park.
The Aug. 12 event, organized by Jason Kessler called the "Unite the Right" rally, was attended by white supremacists, the KKK and white nationalist socialist groups. It descended into violence when counter protesters and white nationalists — many on both sides armed with helmets, weapons and shields — began fighting. Later that day, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing Heather Heyer, 32, and injuring at least 19 others.
While many Americans responded to the violence by denouncing the views of white supremacists, rejecting their racist chants and worldview by holding peaceful vigils, others have reacted by destroying property and calling for President Trump to be assassinated. (Click on the next page above.)
Duke Chapel Lee Statue Vandalized
One week after the Charlottesville violence, a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the Duke Chapel of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was vandalized.
"The damage to the face of the statue was discovered early Thursday," the campus publication Duke Today reported on Aug. 17.
"Duke officials are investigating, including a review of video from inside the chapel. Security has been increased around the chapel as well."
Soon after the vandalism, the Lee statue was removed. Duke President Vincent Price said in a letter to the campus community that it was taken out of the chapel "to ensure the vital safety of students and community members who worship there, and above all to express the deep and abiding values of our university."
"We have a responsibility to come together as a community to determine how we can respond to this unrest in a way that demonstrates our firm commitment to justice, not discrimination; to civil protest, not violence; to authentic dialogue, not rhetoric; and to empathy, not hatred," Price said.
Chicago Pastor Demands Removal of George Washington Statue
Bishop James Dukes of the Liberation Christian Center called on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove a statue of President George Washington and to change the name of a park named after President Andrew Jackson.
Dukes explained in a letter to the mayor and to local media that he took issue with Chicago honoring two men who both owned slaves.
"When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans," Dukes told CBS Chicago.
"Some people out here ask me, say, 'Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.' That's almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat."
Dukes went on to compare having a statue of Washington on public display to having a statue dedicated to controversial civil rights activist and black nationalist Malcolm X.
"There's no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that ... Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it," he continued.
Confederate Statue Torn Down
A group of activists marched on a former courthouse in Durham, North Carolina, on Aug. 14 and toppled a 93-year-old bronze statue of a Confederate soldier in front of police officers, a video of which went viral on social media.
Authorities later arrested students who were involved in the statue's destruction and are investigating it as a crime of vandalism, the Los Angeles Times reports.
"As the custodian of the courthouse, the safety and security of visitors and employees will remain a top priority for the Sheriff's Office. We have taken steps to ensure the daily operation of the courthouse can proceed without disruption" Sheriff Mike Andrews said last week, as reported by WRAL. "I expect participants in the planned rally to obtain a permit and engage in a peaceful demonstration. My agency will continue to maintain the safety and security of the building."
According to the Daily Caller, the mastermind behind the toppling of the statue was North Carolina Central University student Taqiyah Thompson, a member of the Marxist group Workers World Party.
Vandalism of a Christopher Columbus Monument, Abraham Lincoln Bust
It's not just Confederate statues that are getting intense enmity following the Charlottesville protests, as famed explorer Christopher Columbus and President Abraham Lincoln have also become targets.
A two-story tall obelisk dedicated to Columbus in Baltimore, Maryland, was vandalized by an unidentified man who struck the monument several times with a sledgehammer.
"A video posted to YouTube on Monday by a user named 'Popular Resistance' shows a man striking the base of the monument near Herring Run Park repeatedly with a sledgehammer," reported The Baltimore Sun. "Another person holds a sign that reads: 'Racism, tear it down.' Another sign is taped to the monument reading: 'The future is racial and economic justice.'
"Police are searching for information about the men in the video, as well as whoever filmed it," the Sun added.
A bust of President Abraham Lincoln in Chicago, Illinois, was also vandalized and burned last week.
"The burning appears to lend credence to President Donald Trump's prediction that not only Confederate generals would come under attack, but also other famous American figures. Lincoln, however, did not own slaves and emancipated black people during the Civil War," The Daily Caller noted.
ESPN Replacing Commentator Because His Name is Robert Lee
In a news story many first thought to be satirical, the popular sports channel ESPN decided to remove an announcer from the University of Virginia's first football game due to his name being Robert Lee.
The Asian-American commentator was pulled from working at the UVA game, as the university is based in Charlottesville.
"We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name," stated ESPN, as reported by The New York Times earlier this week.
"In that moment it felt right to all parties. It's a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue."
The move received a wave of backlash, with Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated labeling the move a "self-inflicted wound."
Reuters news agency was also roundly criticized on Wednesday for reporting that Lee, the sportscaster, looked like the late Robert E. Lee, with a headline saying, "Confederate General Lee doppelganger pulled from college broadcast."
University of Southern California Concerned About Mascot Name
At the University of Southern California, a growing concern has been raised about the name of the school's horse mascot.
Ridden by a man in Trojan attire, the white horse is named Traveler, which is only one letter off of the name of Gen. Robert E. Lee's beloved steed, Traveller.
"At the rally, according to the student newspaper the Daily Trojan, Saphia Jackson, co-director of the USC Black Student Assembly, asked students not to be quiet, and told that 'white supremacy hits close to home' and referenced the name of the Trojans mascot," reported the Los Angeles Times.
"The Black Student Assembly did not respond to requests for comment, but questions about the name's provenance have increased on social media in the midst of the national discussion on race."
For their part, USC has stated that the name was chosen because it was a common appellation for horses and has always meant to serve as a symbol of Troy.
Missouri State Senator Calls for Trump's Assassination
Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal commented on Facebook last week that she wanted President Donald Trump assassinated following his statements in response to the violence seen in Charlottesville.
"I hope Trump is assassinated!" she declared on social media in response to another anti-Trump posting.
While eventually removing the comment, the statement went viral and calls were made for her to resign, including from fellow Democratic Party leaders. Chappelle-Nadal has refused to do so.
After initially refusing to apologize to Trump, on Sunday she apologized to both him and his family, saying, "I made a mistake. And I'm owning up to it."
"I am a servant of God and I am a servant of the people that I represent. And I failed them both recently," Chappelle-Nadal said.
"President Trump, I apologize to you and your family ... I also apologize to all the people in Missouri. And I also apologize to my colleagues in the Missouri legislature for the mistake that I made."