Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

Security was high over the weekend in Washington D.C. as white supremacists rallied in front of the White House. It was the one year anniversary of the Charlottesville white nationalist rally that ended in the tragic death of 32 year-old Heather Heyer. This year only a couple dozen white nationalists showed up. On the other side, several thousand counter-protesters rallied against the Alt Right. National Review Columnist David French perfectly summarized: "The alt-right is dying, but it still accomplished terrible things. It created room for more race-baiting. It made good people feel afraid. It killed. It distorted the GOP. It got close to the Oval Office. It revealed rotten, dark hearts in the conservative movement." The counter protest and criticism from conservatives like French are heartening and remind us that racism has no place here.