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Why must the Charlottesville attacks not be taken lightly?

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U.S. President Donald Trump is reaping what he sowed during the election campaign.

Last week, Charlottesville, Virginia was the scene of clashes between racist “white supremacist” groups and “anti-fascist” groups that took to the streets to protest against them.

Waving Nazi swastika flags, the protesters provided a flashback to the Hitler era by shouting “Hail, Trump!” and “You will not replace us. The Jews will not replace us!” One person who was revealed to harbor Neo-Nazi sympathies drove his car into protesters, resulting in the death of one and injuries to many more. With events spiraling out of control, Virginia’s governor was forced to announce a state of emergency.

The event that ignited the protests was a plan to remove a statue of the Confederate general Robert E. Lee in a town park.

The clashes in Charlottesville show just how deep American society’s cultural and political polarization has become amid growing economic inequality. But what’s graver is Trump’s de facto protection of racist ideologies in the interests of........

© Hürriyet Daily News