This post is going to be a bit scattered, but I have to say something.
What’s happening in Charlottesville right now is what I was afraid of back in November. When Trump said he would “Make America great again,” I kept wondering what he meant by “again.” When was the golden age he was trying to get back to? Based on this demonstration, it’s clear what these people consider “great.” “White power,” they chanted. All because a statue was removed – a statue of a general from the losing country.
And then Trump said, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides.” Because clearly both sides are equal here. But this man was endorsed by the leader of the KKK. He rallied about taking our country back. The seeds were all there.
This isn’t about free speech any more. When you’re carrying torches and guns, it’s about more than that. When someone protesting you is murdered, it’s more than that. When the symbol on your arm is the same symbol worn by those who literally killed billions of people, it’s more than that. This was proven when a black man was literally beaten at this protest.
I don’t have a solution, but I know it starts with calling racism and Nazis what they are, not equating those things with those protesting them.