Local NAACP leader reacts to Charlottesville violence

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The NAACP in Saginaw is reacting to the violence in Charlottesville. (WEYI)

The NAACP in Saginaw is reacting to the violence in Charlottesville.

A 32-year-old woman is dead and several others were injured when a car sped through a crowd of protesters.

“We have to abhor violence; violence is not the solution to any of these problems. I think we’re at a point in our nation and in our culture where politically at least we need to bring people together and what we see in Charlottesville is certainly not doing that it's very divisive at this time," says Terry Pruitt, first Vice President of the Saginaw chapter of the NAACP.

The Unite to Right rally was supposed to be a peaceful gathering to protest the removal of Confederate symbols and to express freedom of speech.

Verbal clashes led to fist fights, screaming matches, and several arrests.

The Detroit Red Wings also released a statement condemning a white nationalists group for using a logo similar to the team's.

"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, VA. The Red Wings believe that hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation."

The Red Wings say they are considering legal action.


Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally