( CNN) Charlottesville is where I learned what record is and isn’t, and who I wanted to become. I constituted for graduation and wedding photos in the shadow of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia, elated to be starting a new life pursuing further post-graduate investigate and building a family. It’s a campus and a town that will always feel a little bit like home to me.
The world attended a very different Charlottesville last weekend, a place overrun by a syndicate of white-hot soldiers bellowing, “You will not supersede us, “
and “Jews will not oust us, “
torches illuminating their contorted faces. A region where racist intimidation and savagery — helmeted marchers carrying shields and golf-clubs and semiautomatic artilleries, a car plowing into a army
of counterprotesters — jarringly upended the world’s feeling of a serene and sophisticated college city.