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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- With former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial demonstrating deep divisions in the nation, a new documentary released today follows four Americans attempting to bridge political and racial divides.

Susan Bro, president of the Heather Heyer Foundation and mother of Heather Heyer, who was murdered by a white supremacist at a 2017 Charlottesville rally, is profiled in the film "The Reunited States," executive produced by TV news pundits Van Jones and Meghan McCain.

At a commemoration of Heather's death, Bro told a crowd it wasn't until a white woman was killed white Americans recognized racist violence is a major problem that needs to be healed.

"The world went crazy when Heather lost her life," Bro recounted. "And that's not fair because so many mothers lose their children every day and we have to fix that. I don't want other mothers to be in my spot. I don't want other mothers to go through this."

Many mothers in Missouri were included. Black Lives Matter protests went on all last year in St. Louis over the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in her own home. Black residents are disproportionately impacted by the high rate of police killings in St. Louis, the highest of any major metro police department.

Erin Leaverton, a self-proclaimed conservative who explored the nation's inequalities and bitter conflicts by traveling across the country, including through Missouri, in an RV with her husband David, was also profiled in the film.

She said they met a cross-section of folks and the experience was life-transforming.

"I went on this journey trying to figure out what's causing the problem, and I found out that I'm part of the problem," Leaverton admitted. "It exposed something in myself that I didn't want to see. That's deeply rooted in all of us; the belief that certain people have more value than others."

Meaghan McCain, TV co-host of ABC's "The View," stated the folks who shared their stories for the film deserve the same kinds of platforms as TV pundits such as herself and Jones.

"I thought it was such a beautiful idea showcasing so many individuals that are putting their money where their mouth is and actually going out and trying to enact real change and come together and bridge divides," McCain remarked.

During the 2020 presidential election, about nine in 10 registered Democratic and Republican voters worried a victory by the other party would lead to "lasting harm" in the United States, according to the Pew Research Center.


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