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Westminster grad captures jarring scene in Charlottesville

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The image is haunting: a car, slowly rolling past, damaged after running over several people in Charlottesville, killing one. Westminster College grad Jordon Rooney saw it first-hand.

"We were on that street where that car went down, we were there like two minutes before. When the car went past we didn't know what happened. We just saw a wrecked car," said Rooney. "When we went down and we saw there were people on the ground everywhere. It's not an experience that I've ever had before."

Rooney was there to get an inside look at racism, part of a project for his non-profit called "Never Fear Being Different" or "NFBD" for short. What he saw was jarring.

The video's well north of a million views in just one day, a raw glimpse behind racism in America. Rooney was there to challenge those viewpoints.

"In order for us to stand together and make a real difference, we have to do more," said Rooney.

The learning experience behind this video goes directly back to the message NFBD's trying to get across, a message that's now being seen by thousands across the country.

"People need to start standing up and speaking up because it's going to inspire other people to speak up too. In this instance, it's standing up to racism, or in other instances just negativity in general. We want to challenge the way people think," said Rooney.

With challenging images to back it up.
 

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