There are men and women in riot gear and carrying guns with freaking tiki torches marching and giving the Nazi salute in Charlottesville, VA, today. A state of emergency has been declared.
And our President? He's saying there are extremists and problems "on many sides".
He said it twice. "On many sides." (http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/12/politics/trump-charlottesville-statement/index.html) I guess he needed to make sure his supporters heard that.
The more I think about DT's "on many sides" comment the angrier I get. There are times when both sides are at fault for things, and equivocating might be prudent, but THIS is absolutely not one of them. Normalizing white nationalists and Nazi wannabes is not ok.
Being a white nationalist or Nazi wannabe is not ok. This is nothing but a treasonous display of hatred, and it's wrong. It's domestic terrorism with injuries and death, and it's designed to terrify and violate the safety of any "other". I can't imagine how my non-white, non-straight, non-Christian friends feel. It's America in 2017, and the people with torches didn't even care to wear hoods. Think on that a second. They are comfortable enough that in 2017 in the US, their views are so accepted they don't even bother to hide their faces.
Trump can make off the cuff remarks that might lead us into a nuclear war, but he's extremely aware of his words today, and made sure his supporters heard that "many sides" were wronged or whatever. No. White people are fine with nothing to fear but each other and accidentally shooting themselves with the guns they are allowed to openly carry.
This President got elected by the "dog whistle" call to these groups. And it makes me ill that people I know and love couldn't, or wouldn't, see it.
All humanity matters. But some people make themselves almost subhuman by their actions and the hate they spew. This is what we saw today.
I hope to see all people, but especially my white friends and family, unified around support of those in Charlottesville who've been terrorized tomorrow. There are multiple vigils in Central Arkansas to attend. There are many anti-hate groups to support, nationally and in Charlottesville and the state of Virginia.
This moment requires action. Get involved to save our country from it's worst demons. If you don't know how or what to do, ask. I'll gladly help you figure out what you can do. Start with denouncing the hate we are seeing and denounce the President who won't denounce the hate outright for himself. That's the least we can ALL do.
I believe in free speech and the right to peacefully assemble. But I also believe that no one has the right to terrorize another. And the fact that this is done in our US President's name, and he won't call them out on it, is sickening.
Welcome to Trump's America, folks. Are we great yet? Sure doesn't feel like it. It feels pretty awful, sickening, and disheartening. But hey, there's always the specter of nuclear war to look forward to, right?
Where did my country go?