(Pictured above: White supremacists and neo-Nazis with shields and clubs at Lee Park in Charlottesville. Photographed by John Stanmeyer, National Geographic.)
Television journalist, host and author Katie Couric has published a personal essay and raw footage from the violent “Unite the Right” rally that rattled Charlottesville, VA, and the nation August 11-12. The 19-minute video and essay are available on National Geographic’s website.
You can also watch the video right here:
(Reader warning: This video contains profanity and disturbing scenes from Charlottesville on August 12, 2017. It also includes footage of James Fields, Jr., who has been charged with second-degree murder in an attack that day.)
Couric, who is working on a series for National Geographic “about the revolutions happening in our culture, communities and families,” spent 72 hours with counter-protestors leading up to the rally. The footage she captured will be used in that series.
“The events of the past week are especially personal to me because of my strong connection to Charlottesville — I graduated from the University of Virginia, and my late sister Emily was the state senator representing the area for many years,” said Couric. “When we went there to shoot our series about the social, demographic and cultural changes in America, we never expected that this beautiful place would become the center of such ugliness. Perhaps Charlottesville will serve as a wakeup call, that hate groups need to be taken seriously and that fair-minded people of all backgrounds and beliefs need to speak-up.”
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