It is unfortunate the controversy in Charlottesville arose over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. He was a good man who fought for a very bad cause. Had it been a statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest, for example, the conversation would have been quite different.
However, the reason members of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis and White Nationalist groups decided to gather in Charlottesville is irrelevant. Anytime those people decide to match down the streets of any community, anywhere, for any reason, it is the bounden duty of every decent citizen of that community to go into the streets and protest their presence.
First of all, such counter action is necessary to show the world those people do not represent America. They do not represent American values, culture or morality.
Secondly, it is necessary to physically oppose their presence to show those people this is not the Weimar Republic of Germany and we will not be intimidated by threats of violence and bullying tactics.
Tens of thousands of our fathers and grandfathers did not die to defeat Nazism in Europe just so we could hand over our country to their skinhead descendents 75 years later.