CHARLOTTESVILLE: I CAN’T BE SILENT. NONE OF US CAN. – (REBLOG) SEAN MUNGER

This is a well thought out, well written piece. Worth reading.


The last few days have made it very difficult to feel pride at being an American. The violence and hatred at a racist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, capped off by a terrorist attack by a Nazi killing and wounding innocent people, should horrify any thinking person. Add to this the deep and disturbing failure by President Donald Trump to denounce the Nazis and their toadies until it was too late to do any good, and what we have in the past few days is a picture of an America that is totally unacceptable. I haven’t been able to talk much about what happened in Charlottesville, but this is an issue of such importance that we all must speak out. Silence is consent, and I do not consent.

We can’t let these vile and hate-filled people take over our country–and they are trying mightily to do exactly that. They also think they’re succeeding, and that’s a problem. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists, misogynists, anti-Semites, GamerGaters, the “alt-right”–virtually to a man they see Donald Trump as a hero, someone who can advance their agenda of marginalizing people of color, women, the LGBT community, or really anyone who isn’t white, straight, male, conservative and thinks like them. The fact that Nazis were able to march in Charlottesville in what they perceived as triumph is itself an alarm bell for what’s happened to our country and our political discourse. Furthermore, these people want the kind of conflict with counter-protestors that got so much coverage this weekend. If someone dies, it’s good for them. Their ideology, just like the Nazism of the 1930s in Germany, is held together with blood. All of us must make sure that these people fail utterly and completely in their sick project to transform America into something evil.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP CLEARLY EMBOLDENS NAZIS AND OTHER RACISTS TO PUSH THEIR AGENDA. MOST MEMBERS OF THE “ALT-RIGHT” ADORE HIM AND SUPPORT HIM TO THE END.

See full article at: CHARLOTTSESVILLE: I CAN’T BE SILENT. NONE OF US CAN.

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. Retired! Yay!

31 thoughts on “CHARLOTTESVILLE: I CAN’T BE SILENT. NONE OF US CAN. – (REBLOG) SEAN MUNGER”

    1. I’m sorry. I’m not sure where this “becomes racist” comes from . Couldn’t find it in the post (which, please note, I did NOT write). Just trying to link what you are saying to something that was said. What did I miss?

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  1. Firstly, i fully support the ideal of fighting racism and not giving the bigots any fuel to add to their fire so that they die a stagnating death (hopefully!)

    Having said that i’d point out in the interests of fairness and accuracy that the ‘Nazi’s’ (actually merely people who share some of their ideas, not actually Nazi’s who’s aim was the achievement of the Third Reich to rule over Germany) were granted PERMISSION to March after applying for it as Virginia law requires which was then WITHDRAWN before they could actually march.

    The idiot who drove his car into the crowd was one of their supporters but it was actually at a later counter-racist march where the horror took place, not the cancelled racist one. In other words he had had time to consider and plan this after the initial conflict had passed.

    It is indeed time the good guys stood up and clearly, and with indisputably accurate argument, denounce the baddies – and not just in your country either! 🙂

    love.

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  2. Thank you for the reblog, Marilyn. The Mayor of Charlottesville has also expressed with clarity where he stands. Which doesn’t change what happened but he has not been silent and neither of us can indeed.

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    1. I figure there are some very good writers expressing themselves on this, so I will let them speak. I think I’ve said my thing and all I could do now is repeat myself. Actually, for once, there are many really good pieces out there. This particularly “thing” seems to have hit a nerve.

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  3. It is not enough that we the people stand up against this hatred and violence. The people that we have put into office in Washington and the states and local municipalities must grow spines, too.

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                  1. Not nowadays, agreed. But I think we got here- one of the reasons, at least- because the politicians in office were more intent on keeping their backers happy and their pockets lined. OK, except for a few, maybe.

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