I usually don’t write politically charged articles so here goes nothin!
Alright folks, you’re about to get my opinion on all the Nazi BS going on in the country lately, even though you didn’t ask for it. I feel bad for the future students of APUSH 2070, they’re going to think 2017 was a JOKE.
First off, yes, I am aware that racism and white supremacy/anti-Semitic people/groups existed in this country before Trump was president. Hate and racism has unfortunately been a part of this country for years, BUT, it didn’t have the public support platform that it does now.
The fact that the Tiki torch company that produced the torches carried in Charlottesville denounced the violence and actions of the neo-nazis before our own president did is sad. The fact that a white supremacist drove his car through the crowd and killed a young woman, but blame is being placed on “both sides”, is pathetic. There is one side and it is evil. And yes, I am going to call that act by James Alex Fields Jr. what it is, it is domestic terrorism. That word should scare you. And sure, there was violence carried out by the “alt left” as well. But comparing someone driving a car through a crowd to someone holding a club is preposterous.
And before a bunch of people hop all over this, the “alt-right” are the second deadliest terrorism group in the U.S. over the past 25 years, second only to Islamists. source.
As far as confederate monuments, all I have to say is yes, that is a part of our history, but you don’t see Germany making their citizens go to Hitler High School. It is important for everyone to be educated on the history of this country, but idolizing figures of oppression is not necessary. We have to realize that saying “it’s part of history, it doesn’t affect me” is the definition of white privilege.
At this point, it is not a party issue, it is beyond a race issue, it is a humanity issue. If you do not denounce the white supremacy ideal, you are a white supremacist. And this president is giving the alt-right a platform to thrive. Change starts with you and me. Just yesterday morning a semi truck in front of me on the highway had a swastika drawn on the back of it. So please, to be candid, spare me the bullshit. Our country is not fine. Our president is not progressive. Clinton would NOT have been worse than this. This is not the USA I grew up in, and this is NOT the USA I would want to raise kids in.
If you need me, I’ll be attempting to build a nuclear bomb structure. North Korea, if you’re reading this, please spare me, thanks.
Until next time,
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