David McNair

State Investigation of August 12 in Charlottesville cites miscommunication

In Activism, Crime, Events, Government, People, Politics on November 17, 2017 at 1:48 pm

From the State investigation into the events of August 12:
“…James W. Baker, a consultant with the International Association of Chiefs of Police who led the review, said state police and local police each had their own response plans, which should have been unified before the event. Baker said that despite collaboration and meetings in advance, “we were left with the impression not everyone was clear what their roles were.”

He said that in some instances, rank-and-file police on the ground were confused about where commands were coming from and, in others, commanders were not always clear where units were positioned. Baker also recommended a “more robust permitting process” going forward, which he said would have gone far to head off violence.


Unmasking the Illusion: is Charlottesville finally “woke” when it comes to discussing race and history?

In Opinion on November 9, 2017 at 1:54 pm

monument.jpegNewly elected Charlottesville City Councilor Nikuyah Walker’s campaign slogan “Unmasking the Illusion,” no matter what you think of it, was a brilliant one, an antidote to “Make America Great Again” if ever there was one. When it has come to discussing race and history in Charlottesville, the tendency has always been to intellectualize it, to try to reason with it. Take, for example, this perfectly reasonable C-Ville Weekly story on our Confederate statues, “Monumental questions: Local statues are a lesson in history and a source of controversy,” published in June 2015. At the time, as the story points out, Charlottesville City Councilor Kristin Szakos’ now very well-known suggestion, during a 2012 Virginia Book Festival luncheon speech by Civil War historian Edward Ayers, that perhaps our Confederate statues should be removed or put in better historical context, was well-known back then.

On day of “crying nazi” hearing, knitted “kudzu” shroud covers Court Square statue

In Arts, Politics on November 9, 2017 at 9:31 am

Before sunrise this morning what looked to be a shroud of kudzu covered the Confederate Statue Memorial in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse, the result of a “guerrilla knitting” effort to send a message about Confederate statues on the day “crying nazi” Christopher Cantwell is scheduled to have his first preliminary hearing. The “guerrilla knitting installation,” designed to look like kudzu, was created by a group of knitters from around the country. The knitters made simulations of leaves and vines to form a large natural-looking shroud to cover the statue with, and had hoped to put it up secretly under the cover of darkness. However, almost as soon as it went up it was spotted by an angry citizen who took it down, called police, and threw in a nearby trash bin. But the “Guerrilla Knitters” recovered the leafy shroud and vow to continue their efforts.

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