Virginia Beach, Va. (WVEC) - Why do we hate?

That was the question posed to a panel of experts at a Racial Equity Community Forum in Virginia Beach. The event was called “The Psychology and Contagion of Hate” and held at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library.

Susan Bro knows firsthand how hate can turn from passion to tragedy. Bro’s daughter, Heather Heyer, was in Charlottesville last August when James Fields drove his car through a crowd of civil rights protesters, injuring 19 and killing Heyer.

“The world’s response to this death has been tremendous. So that tells me that people really need to hear this message. They want to hear this message and the message is personal empowerment, personal responsibility for responding to hate,” said Bro.

Bro was among eight experts on a panel discussing the topic. The event was organized by Second Act Communities, which develops affordable housing for low-income families and veterans.
Second Act Communities President Addie Wright Thomason said they host these events twice a year to engage the community in conversation.

“We bring to the forefront many of the issues we are wrestling with trying to help our neighbors understand the importance of attainable housing for all. We feel it’s really important to provide a safe space in Hampton Roads for people to come together and talk about the things that divide us,” said Thomason.