On August 12, 2018, the Unite the Right 2 rally occurred at Lafayette Park in Washington, DC. This rally was to promote white supremacy and white nationalism. The previous rally was held in Charlottesville, Virginia the year before, which left one person dead after a man drove a car into a group of counter-protesters and left more than 35 people injured. The city of Charlottesville increased security on the anniversary of these tragic events. The city was full of marches against white supremacy and memorials for the people affected. The turnout for the rally this year was very small, participants were outnumbered by counter-protesters from members of over 40 anti-racism groups
Counter-protesters held signs with the phrases “Shut down white supremacy!” and “NO Nazis, NO KKK, NO Fascist USA.” on them. Maurice Cook, who organized the March for Racial Justice, said that the reason that they were there was “to let everyone know we support each other.” Shortly after the rally had begun, the white nationalists left the park because of signs of rain. As they were leaving, the anti-protesters stayed on them, chanting and waving signs. The police that were at the event kept the two groups separated to avoid violence.