Ava DuVernay, Zendaya and more react to White nationalist rally rundown

Ava DuVernay, Zendaya and more react to White nationalist rally rundown

On Saturday, Charlottesville, Virginia officials declared a state of emergency around 11 a.m., after hundreds of White nationalists and counter-protesters clashed over a recent decision to remove the city’s statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

While injuries reported were mainly scrapes and bruises, as people dispersed, a car plowed into a crowd near the city’s downtown mall, killing a 32-year-old woman. Some 34 others were injured, at least 19 in the car crash, according to a spokeswoman for the University of Virginia Medical Center, The Washington Post reports. Sadly, video footage of the incident suggests the rundown may have been intentional.

Although police apprehended the driver after he fled the scene, the aftermath continues as Americans across the nation are pouring their hearts out over the tragic state of our nation on social media. See what some celebrities had to say about the situation:

Zendaya later took to Instagram to comment on the violence and chemical sprays used during the protest, calling the event “terrorism.”

“I really don’t know what to say…but this is terrorism,” she captioned a video of the rally. “This is America TODAY…not 40 years ago, and your president is silent. Disgusting.”

Meanwhile, Donald Trump later took to Twitter with a vague response: “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

For more celebrity reactions, keep scrolling…

Though shocking, many would admit that we’ve been headed in this direction for quite some time. As actor Kumail Nanjiani put it, “It’s getting harder and harder to explain to my mom that everything is going to be ok.”

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