PHOTOESSAY: The Charlottesville Solidarity March in Los Angeles

Yesterday Los Angeles stood in solidarity with Charlottesville alongside thousands of cities around America. The title of the rally was “LA Condemns the Racist Murdering KKK in Virginia” but it could also have been called “Are White People Ready to Acknowledge and Fight Systematic Racism Yet?” The violence and hate in Charlottesville wasn’t an isolated event. We aren’t asking to “make America kind again.” We’re asking everyone to fight systematic racism for the first time. As Carly Usdin’s sign says, “white silence = violence” and it is well past the time to stand up.

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Molly Adams is an LA-based photographer. You can find documenting life from Afghanistan to Standing Rock to the LA queer nightlife. You can also find her on Instagram.

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  1. How is ‘white silence’ VIOLENT?… And why does something like silence need to be divided up into racial categories?… I don’t understand how a white person exercising silence would be any different than a black person doing the same thing? Or an Asian person..?

    • Because in most if not all cases in North America and Europe it’s white people who are in the position of power. Sometimes we(people who are the targets of White nationalists and Nazis) aren’t believed when we speak out against it. White people being silent and not standing up against this fascists pigs are pretty much saying we are okay with it, at least that how I and many of my friends who are targets of these groups see it. Even fascists and asshole pigs have admitted that only thing that could stop them is people speaking out and taking action against them. I am sure someone else might give a clearer answer than I could.

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