Susan Bro says “major loopholes” are causing hate crime reporting to fall by the wayside.
WASHINGTON (WHSV) — Almost two years after her daughter was killed in a car attack during the 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Susan Bro testified before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
“I’m not happy about giving my daughter up, but if I’m going to give her up, I’m going to make her death count,” Bro said on Wednesday during the hearing titled, “Confronting White Supremacy (Part I): The Consequences of Inaction.”
Bro recalled the minutes and hours leading up to Heyer’s death, including the tiki torch rally the night before when marchers shouted anti-Semitic chants.
“Her best friend said, ‘don’t go, you could die.’ [Heyer] said, ‘I know, but I have to go,” Bro said.
In addition to calling for better reporting of hate crimes, Bro also urged members of Congress to look at ways to prevent them — including reaching out to young people before they become radicalized.
READ MORE: WHSV.com
Article Courtesy of WHSV-TV Harrisonburg
First Picture Courtesy of Anna Moneymaker and Getty Images
Second Picture Courtesy of FayesVision and WENN
Never Forget: Twitter Sounds Off On First Anniversary Of The Charlottesville Riot
1. White Supremacy, A Year LaterSource: 1 of 30
Source: 2 of 30
As the anniversary of the infamous ‘Unite the Right’ rally in #Charlottesville approaches, we remember Heather Heyer, a true patriot who was murdered by a domestic terrorist because she stood up for what is right and good about America. https://t.co/ZXahjNQNp0 @HouseDemocrats— Sheila Jackson Lee (@JacksonLeeTX18) August 10, 2018
3.Source: 3 of 30
Source: 4 of 30
Hey folks, especially those who are seeing BlacKkKlansman this weekend, keep informing yourselves and make sure you watch the Frontline episode Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.— A Shady Dame From Seville (@SorayaMcDonald) August 11, 2018
Violent white supremacists still hold security clearances.https://t.co/pDMZm7opVm
Source: 5 of 30
Trump didn’t “call for peace,” @USATODAY. He used coded language—“all types of racism”—to signal his fellow white supremacists to feel as aggrieved as those whom they terrorize and kill. He sought to dilute the meaning of a word. Please do not do the same. https://t.co/iADeDLR3kO— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 11, 2018
Source: 6 of 30
I really can’t even think about Charlottesville too much. It’s too upsetting.— ⚖️Imani Gandy ⚖️ (@AngryBlackLady) August 11, 2018
Watching the media talk about sentient cars killing #HeatherHeyer while allowing white supremacists to spread their hate under the guise of “we need to expose them” is just too much to deal with rn.
Source: 7 of 30
White Supremacy Illustration of the Day: The fact that this deadly "Unite the Right" movement is allowed to convene again after Charlottesville but more than 4 Black Teens is enough to be labeled "gang activity" that needs to broken up.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) August 11, 2018
Source: 8 of 30
We will not forget what happened in #Charlottesville a year ago this weekend, or the victims of that ugly day in our country’s history. Racism, bigotry and hate have no place in this country. We will not compromise on this.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 11, 2018
Source: 9 of 30
Tomorrow marks the one year anniversary of the violent white supremacist rally in #Charlottesville, reminding us of the unfortunate reality that intolerance and racial hatred still plague our country. Our hope is to raise our voices and to vote out the hate. #TurnOut18— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) August 11, 2018
Source: 10 of 30
One year after the white supremacist rally and deadly attack in #Charlottesville, @HRC is amplifying messages from our staff, members and supporters on the importance of speaking out against racism, white supremacy and bigotry, and remaining #UnitedAgainstHate. pic.twitter.com/3tWAhnyMLI— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 11, 2018
Source: 11 of 30
Let’s get something right about #Charlottesville:— zyahna’s tale. (@ZyahnaB) August 6, 2018
We, the people here on the ground, KNEW that violence was coming. The police CHOSE not to take action. We were CLEARLY threatened and promised violence leading up to that day. The people in power told us to turn the other cheek.
12.Source: 12 of 30
13.Source: 13 of 30
14.Source: 14 of 30
Source: 15 of 30
One year ago today, we were witnesses to prejudice, hate and bigotry as we all watched the tragedy of #Charlottesville unfold before us.— Rep. Donald McEachin (@RepMcEachin) August 11, 2018
Source: 16 of 30
One year since Charlottesville. Time to bring back a cartoon I drew last year. Rather than condemn the racist marchers, Trump embraced and defended them. Unbelievable. https://t.co/slWdljVawD #Trump #Charlottesville #WhiteSupremacists #Racists @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/eHWYb2mqEF— Rob Rogers (@Rob_Rogers) August 6, 2018
Source: 17 of 30
Remembering Charlottesville:— Jewish News Agency (™) (@JewishNewsUSA) August 11, 2018
President Trump: "Nazis Are Very Fine People."#Antisemitism #Charlottesville #Jewish #Racism #UniteTheRight #AltRight #Nazis #Washington #Trump #TrumpRacism #MAGA #Israel #IDF #ShabbatShalom pic.twitter.com/NwMsg3OZdT
Source: 18 of 30
Today is the one-year anniversary of the #UniteTheRight rally in #Charlottesville, during which a group of Nazis brutally attacked a young black school teacher named #DeAndreHarris. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/6Uyv1DlZbd— Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) August 11, 2018
19.Source: 19 of 30
20.Source: 20 of 30
Source: 21 of 30
This weekend marks one year since #Charlottesville. @MadisonSiriusXM respects how a local church is handling the somber occasion: communion at the foot of the MLK Memorial. “That’s what this is really about.” pic.twitter.com/bqPHsf13w3— Brooke Baldwin (@BrookeBaldwin) August 10, 2018
22.Source: 22 of 30
Source: 23 of 30
"All types of violence" didn't kill Heather Heyer last year in Charlottesville. White supremacist violence killed Heather Heyer.— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) August 11, 2018
... a year later, Trump still refuses to condemn white supremacists. Because he knows he needs their support. And their votes. pic.twitter.com/AXYjhwK7n7
Source: 24 of 30
One year ago, white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended on Charlottesville in an act of violence and terror. We are sending messages of love and support to the people of Charlottesville to tell them that we are with them, and we will never stop fighting against white supremacy. pic.twitter.com/1iKOc0pTRS— GLAAD (@glaad) August 11, 2018
Source: 25 of 30
A year ago, white nationalists marched through Charlottesville. Their words, posters, & anger espouse a hate that I reject fully. All Americans must commit to upholding the values of this great nation and reject hate in all forms and at all levels.— Abigail Spanberger (@SpanbergerVA07) August 11, 2018
Source: 26 of 30
A year after #Charlottesville, considering everything that’s happened since then, I’ve come to some realizations.— TheValuesVoter (@TheValuesVoter) August 11, 2018
I’ve overestimated a lot of things.
I thought that this country was further ahead on race relations than we actually are. Not only are we not but we’re regressing.
Source: 27 of 30
Hundreds of white supremacists marched w/flaming torches last year in Charlottesville;Trump didn’t care.Members of that same group killed a woman w/a car, Trump calls them fine people; some NFL players take a knee in support of social justice;Trump calls them ‘Son of a bitches’. pic.twitter.com/wZ9fu9Bo1F— JGreen, M.P.A. (@jgreenSTPA) August 11, 2018
Source: 28 of 30
Today we remember that Charlottesville is a place for inclusion and unity, not hate pic.twitter.com/fOwkTa8rEh— UVA ID (@UVA_ID) August 11, 2018
Source: 29 of 30
When I travel and I tell people Im from Richmond VA they immediately refer to what happened in Charlottesville. That prominent perception of fear, violence, and racism at a place that has only shown me love hit me hard. We cannot let the past define our future. #ResilientCville— BlackLiq (@BlackLiq) August 11, 2018
Mother of Woman Killed at Charlottlesville White Supremacy Rally Testifies in Front of House was originally published on wzakcleveland.com