Heather Heyer’s Mother: ‘They Tried to Kill My Child to Shut Her Up,’ But They Just ‘Magnified Her’
During the memorial this morning for Heather Heyer––the young woman killed in Charlottesville––her mother Susan Bro delivered some incredibly heartfelt remarks about her daughter’s life and legacy:
“This could be a storm in a teacup and it could all be for nothing. I could have said let’s don’t do this publicly, let’s have a small, private funeral, but that’s not who Heather was. Anybody who knew Heather said, yep, this is the way she had to go, big and large. Had to have the world involved, because that’s my child, she’s just that way, always has been and she will continue to be. Because here’s the message. Although Heather was a caring and compassionate person, so are a lot of you. A lot of you go that extra mile. And I think the reason that what happened to Heather has struck a cord because we know that what she did is achievable. We don’t all have to die, we don’t all have to sacrifice our lives. They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You just magnified her.”
Bro said that everyone should ask themselves what they can do to make the world a better place and not worry as much about what others will think of them if they speak up against injustice.
“[Heather] was a firm believer in whatever she believed and let’s do that,” Bro said. “Let’s find that spark of conviction, let’s find in ourselves that action. Let’s spread this. Let’s have the uncomfortable dialogue.”
She said that people will always have their differences and will inevitably get angry at each other, but asked that we not let anger take us down the wrong path:
“But let’s channel that anger not into hate, not into violence, not into fear, but let’s channel that difference, that anger into righteous action. Right now, down the road there’s a blood drive going on in Heather’s name. Right now there are people who are here willing to listen to one another and talk to one another. Last night in New England, they had a peaceful rally in Heather’s name to have some difficult dialogues. If you ever want to see what one of those dialogues look like, look at her Facebook posts. I’m telling you, they were rough sometimes, but they were dialogues and the conversations have to happen. That’s the only way we’re going to carry Heather’s spark through. So remember in your heart, if you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention, and I want you to pay attention, find what’s wrong, don’t ignore it, don’t look the other way, you make a point to look at it and say to yourself ‘What can I do to make a difference?’ And that’s how you’re going to make my child’s death worthwhile. I’d rather have my child, but by golly, if I got to give her up, we’re going to make it count.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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