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:
- Sign this petition
- Join The Movement For Black Lives
- Join SURJ
- Donate to the Souther Poverty Law Center
- Take action today
- Organize resistance
Whatever you choose to do, remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr:
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.