US President Donald Trump denounced on Saturday "all types of racism" ahead of the anniversary of the white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, which resulted in the death of a woman and two police officers.
As the anniversary of last year's deadly Charlottesville riots approaches, states of emergency have been declared for the city of Charlottesville, parts of Northern Virginia and the state of Virginia.
"Some of our members are concerned about safety for their staff and guests and came to us with questions as we are a resource for the restaurant community".
"Peace to ALL Americans!" he tweeted.
Bro said she believes any counter-protesters will be "a little more wary and cautious" after seeing what happened previous year in Charlottesville, but she insisted that ignoring white nationalist groups is not the answer.
"We have a huge racial problem in our city and our country", Bro said.
Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down a group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends.
A group of anti-fascist and Black Lives Matter demonstrators march in front of the Rotunda on the campus of the University of Virginia in anticipation of the anniversary of last year's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018. There will be a "Still Here, Still Strong" protest and march by a coalition of groups, including survivors of the Charlottesville vehicle attack; a "Rise Up and Fight Back Counter-Protest", hosted by Black Lives Matter DC; and a Trans and Queer #ResistDance Against White Supremacy.
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"And, to me, that's where change has to happen", she said.
The violence culminated when a man plowed his vehicle into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman named Heather Heyer and injuring 19.
"It's nice that they're here to protect us", said Lara Mitchell, 66, who works at a shop selling artwork, jewelry, and other items.
Thousand of counterprotesters were out in force all day to mark the anniversary of a white nationalist rally a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, that sparked chaos and violence.
"If we ignore them, they think they have won because they have had the...playing field all to themselves".
"There's a profound difference in this year and last year and that is the heavy police presence", said Lisa Woolfork, an associate professor of English at the University of Virginia and a local organizer with Black Lives Matter. They're also hoping to create an endowment so the Heather Heyer Foundation can live on for years to come. "13 days or 12 days so you got to give him a little time", said Charlottesville attorney Jeffrey Fogel.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, now running for Senate from Utah, wrote in a post on his campaign website that "people who knowingly march under the Nazi banner have disqualified themselves as 'good people'".