It takes strong, brave people to stand up to violence-inducing white supremacists and one of those brave women tragically lost her life this weekend.
Heather Heyer, 32, was at the Charlottesville counter protest standing up to the Neo-Nazi march that was going on. Witnesses say that Heyer was crossing the street as a white supremacy supporter sped up his car and plowed through a group of anti-racism demonstrators. The driver of the car has been identified as a piss-poor excuse of a human being from Ohio, who I will not name.
This story isn’t about him, it’s about Heather and the utterly tragic loss of her life.
Heather was a paralegal who worked for the Miller Law Group based in Charlottesville. The Greene County native was called “fun loving, but outspoken about racism”; she was a shining light for her friends and family, who now have to wake up without her in the world. Her mother sent out a statement that Heather, “…died doing what was right. My heart is broken, but I am forever proud of her.” Her last public Facebook post was in 2016, the addition of a new banner, which states “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”
That desire to stand up for good in the world, to fight back against social injustices and the darkness of white supremacy has cut her life short, and that is a loss that seemed unfathomable a year ago. To honor Heyer and show opposition against the disgusting racism and fascism that still plagues our country, her friends and family have asked that people stand outside their homes today, August 13th, at 10PM EST, with a lit candle.
Alongside this candlelight solidarity, a GoFundMe has been set up to help with any funds the family needs assistance with.
As for those of us here at The Sirens Rise, we extend our deepest condolences to the Heyer family; your daughter was an anonymous heroine in a crowd of people wanting to do good in the world, and although we never knew her until after tragedy stuck, we’re in awe of her bravery.