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Charlottesville really happened. Don’t look away.

The eyes of the nation — and the world — turned to Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday after a “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally descended into chaos.

The rally brought together the members of various white nationalist hate groups, including neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and their smaller sub-factions. They were greeted by an army of protesters who were there to demonstrate that hateful ideologies aren’t welcome in public spaces.

The gathering quickly turned violent as hate groups and protesters clashed, an outcome that was foreshadowed on Friday night when a mob of torch-bearing racists converged on the University of Virginia campus.

Early on Saturday, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency and the city designated the rally an “unlawful assembly.” Neither move shut down the violence, which peaked when a car rammed into a crowd of protesters, leaving at least one dead and 19 injured. Many have since characterized that incident as an act of domestic terrorism.

Images and video footage from Charlottesville left many Americans in shock even as it highlighted the strong divisions that run rampant across the nation. These photos are a jarring reminder that racism is alive and well in this country, and that hate of any calibre should never be tolerated.

Don’t look away. Remember: You can’t fight a thing without seeing it first.

  1. Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville on Aug. 11.


    Neo Nazis, Alt-Right, and White Supremacists encircle and chant at protesters at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson after marching through the University of Virginia campus with torches in Charlottesville on Aug. 11.

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  2. After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police on Aug. 12, the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

    After clashes with anti-fascist protesters and police on Aug. 12, the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was declared an unlawful gathering and people were forced out of Lee Park, where a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee is slated to be removed.

    Image: Chip Somodevilla / Staff

  3. White Supremacists and protesters clashed at Emancipation Park where White Nationalists were protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument.

    White Supremacists and protesters clashed at Emancipation Park where White Nationalists were protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee monument.

    Image: Anadolu Agency / Contributor

  4. A woman has a special mixture and water poured in her eyes after being hit with pepper spray during clashes between White Supremacists and protesters at Emancipation Park on Aug. 12.

    A woman has a special mixture and water poured in her eyes after being hit with pepper spray during clashes between White Supremacists and protesters at Emancipation Park on Aug. 12.

    Image: Anadolu Agency / Contributor

  5. A protester marches down the street in Charlottesville after the 'Unite the Right' rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12.

    A protester marches down the street in Charlottesville after the ‘Unite the Right’ rally was declared an unlawful gathering Aug. 12.

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  6. People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters on August 12, 2017 -- an incident that has since been labeled as an act of domestic terrorism.

    People receive first-aid after a car ran into a crowd of protesters on August 12, 2017 — an incident that has since been labeled as an act of domestic terrorism.

    Image: PAUL J. RICHARDS / Contributor

  7. Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville. The incident left 19 injured and one dead.

    Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd of protesters in Charlottesville. The incident left 19 injured and one dead.

    Image: Chip Somodevilla / Staff

  8. A man tends a makeshift candlelight vigil meant to honor the victims who were struck when 32-year-old driver James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed a group of protesters with his car. The incident left 19 injured and one -- protester and Virginia native Heather Heyer -- dead.

    A man tends a makeshift candlelight vigil meant to honor the victims who were struck when 32-year-old driver James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed a group of protesters with his car. The incident left 19 injured and one — protester and Virginia native Heather Heyer — dead.

    Image: Win McNamee / Staff