CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - AUGUST 13:  Marcus Martin (C), who was injured when a car plowed into a crowd of people protesting against the white supremacist Unite the Right rally, his wife Marissa Blair and friends visit the memorial built at the place where he was injured and where where 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed in the same attack August 13, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Charlottesville is calm the day after violence errupted around the Unite the Right rally, a gathering of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and members of the 'alt-right,' that left Heyer dead and injured 19 others.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Though the worst came Saturday, Charlottesville violence began months ago

Even after tumult, similar rallies are planned in Texas, San Francisco and Boston

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Despite the outrage and uproar, everyone had to know the protests were coming to Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend – and that they would get out of hand.

This is how we got here.

It began in February when the City Council voted to rechristen two parks named for Confederate generals and to remove a bronze statue of one of those generals, Robert E. Lee, from an eponymous downtown park.