Like the majority of Americans, I am irate, revolted and saddened by what happened in Charlottesville. Three people lost their lives and dozens were seriously injured by a car that plowed into them, driven by a Nazi.
As a result, it’s possible that for the first time in many white people’s lives, they felt terrified theirs would be extinguished for publicly denouncing racism, Nazi’s and the KKK. Everyone involved in the opposition protest should be applauded for their courage and willingness to risk their lives to stop hate, period.
Yet, something is gnawing at me, white privilege. Every single day in America, African Americans live side-by-side with dread that they won’t make it through the day. They can be pulled over by a racist cop, say the wrong thing to a shop clerk, or walk down the street with their hands in their pockets minding their own business, and be shot to death. African Americans are forced to raise their kids differently. White people can move about America without looking over their shoulders, fearing danger. African American children can’t. At young ages, strategies are implemented for dealing with police, how to carry themselves, what to and not to say, and a thousand other things that white people can’t fathom.
Though long overdue, it is time to admit that African Americans are not treated equally under the Constitution. If we’re going to heal as a nation, now is the time to admit that white privilege is real. If you’re a white person, acknowledging that being white affords you privilege is the first step towards healing.
We need to come together now more than ever as activists and humans. Trump is exacerbating racial tensions. He’s a Nazi sympathizer and a white nationalist. Look at his response to what happened in Charlottesville, “Trump Saw ‘Many Sides’ While Some Republicans Saw White Supremacy, Domestic Terrorism.” Shortly after taking office, Trump took white supremacists off the terror watch list. Hate crimes continue to surge, bullying in schools is rising. White hate groups are emboldened and inspired by Trump, and commit crimes in his name, AND HE FUCKING LOVES IT.
Trump and Bannon, and the whole administration is banking on a civil war between the races. They want it so badly, their toothpick sized pricks have semis, sans Viagra. Nobody is stopping the Trump family, the Trump Administration, or Donald Trump. The GOP has turned an alarming blind eye. Patriotism under Trump, a sadistic narcissist, means worshiping him and kowtowing to his bullying. It means being afraid of all non-white Christians and scapegoating other ethnic and religious groups.
People that continue begging Trump to denounce White Supremacists need to wake the fuck up and stop—just fucking stop. Trump has shown us who he is, 100% racist. If we want to stop Trump, we must get him and Pence impeached, and rid America of the infestation that is his entire administration, family and appointments.
While writing this, a news alert popped up with this headline, “Trump denounces white supremacist groups by name after Virginia violence.”
Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in a statement to reporters at the White House.
Feel better? Me neither, because it’s meaningless.
A real leader, the Governor of Virginia slammed White Supremacists in Charlottesville, saying, “SHAME ON YOU! WE’RE STRONGER THAN YOU,” and spoke to Trump, asking him to “Stop the hate speech, stop the rhetoric, we have got to bring people together.”
Another leader, Charlottesville Mayor Blasts Trump’s ‘Repeated Failure’ To Denounce White Supremacists, Michael Signer Mayor Charlottesville, Virginia
“Look at the campaign he ran. Look at the intentional courting … on the one hand, of all of these white supremacists, white nationalist groups,” Signer said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” as he discussed the deadly violence that afflicted his city on Saturday sparked by a “Unite the Right” rally.
“And then look on the other hand at the repeated failure to step up and condemn, denounce, silence, put to bed, all of those different efforts just like we saw yesterday. This is not hard,” he said.
“There are two words that need to be said over and over again ― domestic terrorism and white supremacy,” he said.
Yet, another leader, the Vice Mayor, “‘You’re their leader’: Charlottesville vice-mayor calls out Trump’s silence on white supremacists.”
They can continue to come, but our community will not break,” said Bellamy, should white supremacists “under the guidance of their president, number 45” decide to return to Charlottesville, the people will not stand for it.
The White Supremacist in Chief has no intention of bringing Americans together. Rather, he wants us as divided and afraid of each other as possible. Let’s prove him wrong.
“If we’re gonna heal, let it be glorious.” —Warsan Shire