I commend the writer of this article for pointing out that “The First Amendment applies to all, even vile white supremacists.” While I strongly disagree with what these white supremacists say, I would also strongly defend their right to say it, and their right to choose their venue to say it in. And, apparently, their rally was permitted by the city of Charlottesville. No good can come from trying to suppress free speech, even hate speech, and I think the violence in Charlottesville shows that. If the counter protestors, instead of trying to stop the white supremacist rally, had just held their own separate rallies, in a very different part of town, to show Charlottesville is a city of love, tolerance and racial equality, then the result would have been very different. In this case the young woman and two policemen who died would still be alive, and we would have been able to see how well or how badly the white supremacists would have acted on their own. Also, they would have received much less publicity for their racist cause. If we protest some other groups right to protest, aren’t we being a tad hypocritical? And aren’t we transgressing on their First Amendment rights? If we want to avoid a civil war, we need to cool things down, and soon. Perhaps progressive people in this country could start by not counter protesting to try and stop rallies we don’t like. We could instead have our own fully separate rallies in support of our good causes.