By David Travis Bland, Free Times, August 15, 2017
All the heat and humidity made Columbia feel like a catfish stew. At the State House grounds Aug. 14, a few speakers added some spice to the pot.
About 400 people gathered for a vigil honoring the one person who died and 19 others injured when a man plowed his car into a group of counter-protesters against a white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia. It wasn’t a somber event, but rather one where speakers rallied the crowd against President Donald Trump and called for racism to be outed.
Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin was one of those speakers.
“We can fight against xenophobia,” Benjamin said, “against racism, against sexism, against homophobia but only if we do it together. … Keep doing the work — fight racism, say no to violence, say enough is enough, make sure our president hears our voice.”