Arnold Schwarzenegger has donated $100,000 to an anti-hate organisation in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville.
The clashes between between far-right groups and counter-protesters during a rally on Saturday saw the death of 32-year-old anti-racism campaigner Heather D Heyer as one white nationalist member drove a car into protesters.
The former Governor of California announced on social media yesterday that he is donating money to the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Los Angeles based anti-hate group the famous actor has previously worked with.
In a post on Facebook and Twitter, Schwarzenegger wrote:
I have been horrified by the images of Nazis and white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and I was heartbroken that a domestic terrorist took an innocent life.
While these so-called “white nationalists” are lucky to live in a country that defends their right to voice their awful, incorrect, hateful opinions, the rest of us must use our voices and resources to condemn hate and teach tolerance at every opportunity.
My message to them is simple: you will not win. Our voices are louder and stronger. There is no white America – there is only the United States of America.
Schwarzenegger then announced his donation and added that after speaking to founder Rabbi Marvin Hier, the group plan to use the money to further their mission of ‘expanding tolerance through education and fighting hate all over America’.
Rabbi Marvin Hier said in a statement:
We’ve never been prouder of his leadership than when we saw his tweet last night challenging everyone to do more in the fight against hate.
Last Saturday saw the gathering of white nationalists descend on Virginia as neo-Nazis, members of the Ku Klux Klan and other groups joined together.
Hundreds of anti-fascist protesters greeted them leading to ugly clashes which saw the death of one woman 19 other people injured.
Emily Murray is a journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Leeds with a BA in English Literature and History before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. Emily has previously worked for the BBC, ITV and Trinity Mirror. When Emily isn’t writing about topics including mental health and entertainment, you can find her at the cinema which is her second home.