On Saturday, white nationalists protesters and anti-racism counter-protesters clashed in Charlottesville, Virginia, during a "Unite the Right" rally. Things became deadly when a car sped through a crowd of counter-protesters, leaving at least 19 injured, and one dead. The driver is in custody. The Charlottesville victim's name is Heather Heyer, 32, a paralegal, who, according to a GoFundMe page set up in her name, was reportedly in Charlottesville to protest against the hate. While it doesn't look like the paralegal's Facebook page was public, Heyer's final Facebook post in November of 2016, made shortly after the presidential election, is one that calls for action.
Heyer changed her cover post to read, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention." It seems she was a woman who turned her beliefs into action. Her mother is quoted on her GoFundMe page as saying, "She died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her."
As of Sunday afternoon, Heyer's GoFundMe page had smashed its $50,000 goal, and people are honoring Heyer in the comments. While it is still unconfirmed if Heyer was indeed in Charlottesville to join the counter-protesters, her Facebook post seems to demonstrate that she was passionate about fighting against the climate of hate in the United States.
Heather Heyer's final FB cover photo. Now isn't the time for your tears alone. Now is the time for your outrage. pic.twitter.com/zx67JtPrq7— Andrew Silver (@standsagreenoak) August 13, 2017
Heyer should be remembered for being a person who called people to action. She seemed to be open about what side she stood on, and if her Facebook post is any indication, she encouraged others to speak with equal conviction. The story on the GoFundMe account set up in her name reads,
Let Heyer's life be an inspiration to you. If you are looking for a way to help in the aftermath of the Charlottesville rally, anti-racism groups are now accepting donations.