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Why Heather Heyer’s Mother Keeps Her Daughter’s Resting Place A Secret Shows The Disturbing Truth About Trump Supporters

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We witnessed disgusting displays of bigotry, hatred, and violence when white supremacists descended upon Charlottesville, Virginia, this summer.

Their “demonstrations” (which, in some cases included wielding lit torches) prompted counter-protesters to stand up against them. Dozens of individuals were harmed in the clashes, including a black man who was severely beaten by a group of white nationalists in a parking garage, and the death of activist Heather Heyer, who was mowed down and killed by a supremacist driving his vehicle into a crowd of people.

Sadly for Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, the nightmare continues. Bro explained to the Daily Beast this week that Heyer is not allowed to “rest in peace” because white nationalists, hellbent on continuing to harass those who stand up against them, continue to threaten Bro and her family.

Heyer’s ashes are interred at a “completely protected” location that is unmarked, Bro said. She explained that her decision not to publicly disclose where her remains are, in addition to fears that they’d be tampered with by bigots, is also for the safety of those who work at the facility where her remains are.

“It’s a symptom of hate in society that you should have to protect your child’s grave, for Pete’s sake,” Bro added. “So, I’m protecting my child now.”

What does it say about us as a society that these people are allowed to continue harassing this grieving mother? The freedom of expression is, of course, a protected right in this country. Yet a freedom can still be misguided and wrong, disgusting and shameful, all at once.

The white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and alt-right activists who were responsible for Heyer’s death should not be given equal footing in the marketplace of ideas. The best way to ensure that they become irrelevant in the future is to dedicate ourselves, in Heyer’s memory and in the memories of all others who stood up to bigotry in the past, to eradicating bigotry, to educating the next generation on the dangers of hate, and to promote the value of diversity in our society.


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