by G. Brown
On Saturday, I woke up and checked the news feed…then I immediately checked the calendar because obviously the world had been thrown into a time warp back to the 60’s or 1865. White people marching with torches randomly hurling racial epithets like an old Nazi line of “Blood and soil”. KKK hooded up, neo-Nazi’s in their cosplay uniforms all while displaying confederate flags. All this hate had through centuries of blood shed and violence finally been beaten back into the shadows, but this past weekend, they walked confidently, defiantly in the light of day on a mission to exert their White priviledge.
The protest started under the guise of protecting history—a statue of Robert E. Lee that’s going to be removed from the University of Virginia campus. But what they were really trying to protect was the period in history when Whites ruled. The mission, protect the statue of a dead man who represents what we hold sacred (White privilege) by maiming, injuring and killing as many people as we can. With this as their goal, it’s amazing only one opposition protester was killed when a White supremacist rammed his car into the crowd.
As Charlottesville exploded into the world’s view as the hotbed of hate, the man who clandestinely ignited it all tweeted a pathetic message of non-sense-“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia. We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” The tweet continued saying basically that racism has been “going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. A long, long time.” So Obama is to blame for racism? And that “many sides, on many sides” is to blame for this hatred bit. WHAT MANY SIDES—White nationalists are raising all kinds of hell and they’re the ones to blame. So was the woman killed by a car driven by a White supremacist to blame for getting in the path of the car? Were the scores of people injured to blame for being in opposition to the White supremacists? How are there “many sides” to blame? There is only one side to blame…the White supremacists and the man who gave them this new emboldened attitude –Trump.
In the hour that this country needed the clear, precise, level headed leadership of the highest office in the land and the man in that office failed miserably yet again. No “fire and fury” crap like he sputtered last week at N. Korea. Not even a quote like former President Obama tweeted from Nelson Mandela to give people hope and strength. A full forty minutes later,Trump came back to try and salvage his first blunder of a response by giving the humane responses one would expect from a leader, denouncing hatred, extolling condolences to the family of the 32-year old woman killed. But it was only after he was being raked over the coals for his inability to call this what it was…an evil day of terror at the hands of White racists. Why was Trump so hesitant to call it what it was? Because these tiki torch carrying racists, alt-righters, White supremacists, neo-Nazi’s are the people that put him in the White House. They are his base, his core supporters and Trump would rather give a blanket “can’t we all get along” statement than blame the people—the only people who support him at this point. It’s Trump again doing what he has always done, putting his needs above and before everyone else.
Trump reportedly only acknowledged what was going on in Charlottesville after known White supremacist David Duke thanked the president for making the Charlottesville protest possible. What does that mean? It means that Trump got into office by dividing people with his campaign of racial hatred against Mexicans, immigrants, Muslims and Blacks. He appealed to that fringe of extremists by making them believe that Whites were the real disadvantaged and anyone–everyone who’s not White is to blame. After Trump, or his people finally succumbed to political pressure and called out the White nationalists for hatred and racism, Duke tweeted, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency…” So Trump was backed into a corner because he didn’t want to call out the White supramacists who put him in office and they called him out for it.
Most voters knew who Trump was before he was elected, but some still thought ‘give him a chance, how much damage can he do?’ If the last eight months didn’t answer that for you, then Charlottesville won’t do much to convince you either.