Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia.
The gatherings Sunday spanned from anti-fascist protests in San Francisco to a march to President Donald Trump’s home in New York.
Some focused on showing support for the people whom white supremacists condemn. Other demonstrations were pushing for the removal of Confederate monuments, the issue that initially prompted white nationalists to gather in anger this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Still other gatherings aimed to denounce fascism and a presidential administration that organisers feel has empowered white supremacists.
Meanwhile a leader of the Refuse Fascism group said “People need to wake up and recognise that and resist it fearlessly as it needs to be done, this can’t be allowed to fester and grow because we’ve seen what happened in the past when that was allowed.”
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook became the latest dignitary to criticise the president’s counter to the brutal white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Tech boss addressed to the staff in an email saying “hate is a cancer, and left unchecked it destroys everything in its path. Its scars last generations. History has taught us this time and time again, both in the United States and countries around the world.” and that the company would be making a donation to the two civil rights group, according to BuzzFeed News.
He even added “I disagree with the president and others who believe that there is a moral equivalence between white supremacists and Nazis, and those who oppose them by standing up for human rights. Equating the two runs counter to our ideals as Americans.”
Many people at Apple are saddened and outraged by the weekend’s events, in which one woman annihilated and many others injured when a car ploughed into counter-demonstrators. A 20-year-old James Fields, has been charged with murder.
Apple will donate $2M (1.5M)pounds to the Southern Poverty Law Centre and Anti-Defamation League anti-hate groups.
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