Every day, it seems, we learn about instances of sexual harassment and sexual violence from courageous individuals who share their experiences from years ago or from more recent times. Just last week, Time magazine named “The Silence Breakers” as its 2017 Person of the Year to recognize those women and men who have told their own stories of sexual harassment and assault. They are people who “... helped force a nationwide reckoning” and who are “voices that launched a movement.”
I have spent the past several days reflecting on what the tragic events in Charlottesville mean for UC Davis. The images of an armed, angry mob marching with torchlights across a college campus and chanting racist slogans were infuriating and frightening.
It wasn't the actions of “many sides” that led to the deaths of a counterprotester and two state police officers. There was only one side that provoked the hate-fueled violence — those who organized the racially charged rally and the sympathizers who joined them.