Sam Gimbel

Tech, Beer, and Strange Thoughts.

Things we don't have time for post Charlottesville, ranked

10.

Questions about "how we got here" and how it could have been avoided. People have been trying to tell you for years.

9.

Memes created from the violent, racist response of the president of our country.

8.

Debating the merit of hearing "all sides."

7.

Analyzing at what level biology plays a part in the gendering of the workplace.

6.

Tolerating the ongoing hateful, enabling behavior of trump voters who only voted for him due to "economic anxiety."

5.

Being silent.

4.

Allowing nazis and white supremacists to exist on American soil.

3.

Cable news.

2.

Rationalizing the developments of the last month as being part of an upcoming "pivot" in the current administration's policies because there's no way it could get worse and then of course it does because there's actually a very big difference between high-level contextual analysis and blind denial of the facts.

1.

Apparently, keeping tabs on the Russia investigation, the threat of nuclear war with North Korea, the imminent implosion of the ACA due to lack of funding, the ever-spiraling of the opioid crisis, the continuing ICE raids on peaceful and law-abiding undocumented immigrants, separating children from their parents and creating a vacuum of incoming hard working, innovative, strong minds from other countries, the attack on the civil rights act by the justice department, the 20th hottest year we've experienced in a row and the clear scientific consensus behind its anthropogenic causes, the travel ban on legal immigrants from seven nations in the middle east, the ongoing and unending wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the lack of a 2018 strategy for a hobbled and neoliberal-laden democratic party unwilling to accept the strong policy guidance of a new generation of economic contributors or perhaps unable to accept due to the nature of the party's donors, and the MTA's summer lifetime of hell.

The Turning Point

The news coming out of Charlottesville is not surprising. The violence is horrifying, the danger real, but the news should not be unexpected. If you'll recall, many Americans warned that electing Donald Trump could have this effect. David Duke celebrated his victory and the ethos of nationalist pride he resurrected with his campaign. And here we are: one dead. One person dead at the hands of American nazis, and many more injured and intimidated. Racists who are embarrassed by their appearance on television but defend the merit of their movement in the same breath. White supremacists who devalue the lives of anyone who isn't white. Terrorists who have never experienced true oppression or seen what discrimination looks like. And the president of the united states defended them.

These white terror advocates are our own doing: it matters not the reason why you voted for Trump. If you did, you're responsible for the emboldening of the KKK and the white nationalist movement. Own it, because it's time to make it right. For those who saw the threat coming, this is still your burden to bear. For those who experience this type of intimidation on a daily basis, in Charlottesville or elsewhere, I am sorry. This is not new to you, and so many did not listen when you said it existed. We're waking up now. I hope it's not too little, too late.

The first shot has been fired. Take your head out of the sand, it's time to pay attention now. All those warnings, those calls to resist, those were not a drill. No one knew when this breaking point would come, but it's here. We can't walk it back. Wake up and do something.

You can start here:

Whatever you choose to do, remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr:

White Moderates

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in the stride toward freedom is not the White citizens Councilor or the Ku Klux Klanner but the white moderate who is more devoted to order than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice.