Susan Bro, Mother Of Activist Heather Heyer, Says ‘We Have A Hate Problem,’ Wants More Change
This past weekend marked the two-year anniversary of the violent and deadly “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Susan Bro, the mother of Heather Hyer, a left-leaning protester who was hit and killed by a car driven by a white supremacist at that event, recently spoke out about the landscape of America since then, in an interview with author Ibram X. Kendi with CBS News.
“I don’t see a lot of change, honestly. I’m happy to see small changes,” Bro said, including more women of color in Congress, per reporting from Yahoo! News.
She also sees some positive changes in white people across America, but not enough.
“I see more white people starting to understand, but I also see more white people starting to fight it,” meaning they’re rejecting that racism and white supremacy is a problem in this county, she explained.
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“We have a hate problem in this country, and we’re very polarized. That’s where the focus needs to be, not on Heather, not on her death,” Bro added.
Bro elaborated on how she does speak about her daughter’s death, but that the grander goal must transcender her also.
“Even when I do my speeches, one of the things I talk about is why Heather is important, but most of all, why she’s not important,” Bro said. “The focus should not really be on Heather, the focus should be on let’s find ways to make equity and justice for everyone, not just for a few people.”
Any focus on change won’t likely emanate from the White House, it seems, based on its actions in recent days.
The Trump administration, for instance, tried to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from issuing any reports detailing how white supremacy was a domestic terrorist threat in the U.S., CNN reported this past week. “Homeland Security officials battled the White House for more than a year to get them to focus more on domestic terrorism,” a source told the news agency.
Infamously, after the fallout from Charlottesville in 2017, President Donald Trump said “both sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted, and said there were “fine people” on both sides as well, including the white supremacists who had descended upon the city.