Heather Heyer, who was mowed down by James Alex Fields Jr. during white supremacist violence in Charlottesville, wrote in her last Facebook post, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
Heyer died doing the right thing — standing strong against racism and bigotry. She was fighting Ku Klux Klan, neo Nazis and other white supremacist groups. She is a heroine.
Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, said of her daughter, “She always had a very strong sense of right and wrong, she always, even as a child, was very caught up in what she believed to be fair.” “Somehow I almost feel that this is what she was born to be, is a focal point for change. I’m proud that what she was doing was peaceful, she wasn’t there fighting with people,” Bro said.
Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal, gave her life to face down hate. Donald Trump has blood on his hands for fomenting hatred and sowing divisions in this country. It’s a sad day in America that in 2017, white supremacists are walking down U.S. streets openly because they are being empowered by Trump.
Reaction on Twitter to Heather Heyer’s death:
— iimani David (@iimaniDAVID) August 13, 2017
— Eunice Powell (@looking614) August 13, 2017
— bells (@bells110) August 13, 2017
Rest in peace. Hate will not win. #HeatherHeyer
— nalya (@highlybless3) August 13, 2017