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Heather Heyer‘s legacy of championing tolerance and racial harmony will be remembered for many years to come

By Nina Steele 

Heather Heyer32 year old Heather Heyer was killed while taking part in a counter-protest against white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday August 12. We now know that she was an advocate for social justice and a woman who felt strongly about making a difference in the world. As if the loss of such a decent human being was not bad enough, Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi website ‘The Daily Stormer’ wrote shortly after her death that she was a “drain on society”, because she was childless. Usually, I wouldn’t give such ignorant outbursts another thought, however, this time it is different. An innocent person lost her life trying to do the right thing. This bigotry needs to be called out.

Andrew Anglin is so ignorant that he believes a childless woman who had a job and paid her taxes was a drain on society. His views on women in general are quite repugnant to say the least. According to reports, when contacted about his initial vile comments, he went further to say that: “Women who don’t have children are abandoning their natural duty and breaking the social contract, and they should be ostracised for it.” I mean, how much more ignorant can you get!

Thankfully, since he made those vile comments, he has had to take his website underground (it can now only be accessed via the dark web) because all the major providers have refused to host it. These merchants of hate have to understand that actions have consequences. You cannot go around spewing that kind of hate and expect society to always stand by and do nothing. There comes a time when everyone says enough is enough and I hope that time has finally come for him.

Unlike him, Heather Heyer will be remembered for the positive impact she made on the world. At just 32, she leaves a legacy that is both inspirational and uplifting. Helping others is what she has always enjoyed doing. Of that her mother says: “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, a focal point for change”. Testimonies from friends also paint a picture of a young woman who has always felt a strong sense of duty towards her fellow citizens, particularly those who happened to be less privileged.

Which brings me back to Andrew Anglin and his hateful and loathsome agenda. If ever there was someone who is a “drain on society”, it is him. His loathing of anyone who does not look like him or fit into his idea of ‘normal’, has no place in this world. Thankfully, as history has shown time and time again, ultimately, people with so much hate in their hearts always end up the losers.

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