My fellow white Americans.

These are images from Charlottesville, Virginia last night.

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These are white people in their twenties and thirties. Like me.

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These are people who are in my generation, the millennial generation, the one frequently lambasted for “participation trophies” and “needing safe spaces.”

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These are people that look like my coworkers, my colleagues, my brothers, my cousins. People I know and love, who also have white skin and wear polo shirts.

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These are people who, like I was, were raised on a diet of Sesame Street and Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, which teaches tolerance and understanding of others. They’ve probably seen the Indiana Jones films, where punching Nazis is considered a virtuous act. These are my actual demographic peers in the United States of America, which means that these are people who sat through the unit on the second world war in their history class and looked at images of concentration camps and gas chambers and burning books and Anne Frank’s attic and still thought, well, hang on, maybe those Nazis had some interesting ideas.

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These are people who chanted “Jew will not replace us.”

These are people who yelled “The heat here is nothing compared to what you’re going to get in the ovens.”

These are people who didn’t even bother to wear hoods. 

What does it say that in 2017, I’m struck by the fact that the Ku Klux Klan members at least shielded their faces so that no one could identify them? That the same type of societal pressure apparently no longer exists today? That these people feel comfortable espousing the rhetoric of racist, genocidal maniacs in a public space that was widely photographed and broadcast?

My anger is bigger than my ability to write,  but I’m going to try to say this as succinctly as I can.

White nationalism is morally indefensible. This is not a point that is up for discussion.

If you are willing to give these people the benefit of the doubt, you are complicit in the rhetoric of racists and bigots. Playing “devil’s advocate” is unacceptable.

I am not willing to listen to one more interview or read one more article about the “economic anxiety” of the American racist.

If you disagree with the central premise that white nationalism is evil and morally wrong, then I have no words for you. May God have mercy on your soul.

If you can identify that this is evil and wrong, ask yourself why these men (and more than a few women) are angry. Why? What has provoked these people to buy a bunch of Wal-Mart tiki torches and scream Nazi slogans at a Confederate statue?

Imagine for just one second that these protestors were black.

You want to tell me your problems with Colin Kaepernick and why you think Black Lives Matter is a racist slogan? I’m not interested. If you think that Philando Castille or Mike Brown could have just “handled it differently” and they wouldn’t have died? Imagine for one second that a mob of angry black people descended upon a public space with torches, screaming about wanting to kill those who didn’t look like them. Compare the crystal-clear images of these white men with the tear-gassed protestors from Ferguson.

This is a country where racists are empowered.

You failed to read all of those stories over the past five years from women on the internet, like Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian and Lindy West? You thought those “feminists” were just “overreacting,” that there was no such thing as actual harassment from an internet troll, that their desire for online speech to have consequences when it devolved into doxxing and threats was a muzzle on free speech?

You still think that Hillary’s problems had nothing to do with the fact that she was a woman?

Welcome. This is a country where sexists are empowered. They’ve been on the internet terrorizing women for years. This is what they look like when they leave their computer screens behind.

I am no longer interested in anyone’s opinion that the Confederate Flag is merely a symbol of local heritage.

This is your heritage now.

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I am no longer interested in your hot take on “economic anxiety.” On “giving President Trump a chance.” On “identity politics are ruining the country.” On “reverse racism.”  On “all those swastikas drawn on buildings after the election were just put there by liberals trying to give conservatives a bad name.” I am no longer here for a peaceful discussion with the “other side,” when the “other side” believes that my inherent worth and humanity, and anyone else who doesn’t look or think similarly, deserves to be frightened, tortured, expelled, or harmed.

Women, people of color, religious and ethnic minorities, disabled people, gay people, trans people, and members of other marginalized groups in this country asked for their civil rights and their humanity to be respected. When you hear that the “left” are the “truly intolerant,” please remember that this is the face of the right today.

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This is domestic terrorism. This is what it looks like.

I am no longer interested in anyone trying to tell me that being frightened of angry white men is ‘racist’ when angry white men commit the vast majority of mass shootings in our country. When they commit violent crimes at rates comparable to any other race, and far more often than women.

At the time of publication, many hours after these incidents, the President of the United States had yet to condemn this behavior.*  This is not surprising information to literally anyone who has spent a scintilla of time on the internet — in Reddit’s /theDonald, in Alex Jones’ InfoWars channel, in the comment section of Breitbart, in any number of places where the overlap between nationalist views, white supremacist views, misogynistic views, xenophobic views, homophobic views, and Donald Trump’s political agenda is less of a Venn Diagram and more of a circle. The President of the United States was elected by dog-whistling to these views.

KKK leader David Duke is currently in Charlottesville ebulliently giving interviews claiming that this rally “fulfills the promises of Donald Trump.” For once, I agree with David Duke about something.

This is the natural byproduct of a racist, sexist president. This is the legacy of a racist, sexist country.

My fellow white Americans, do you see it? Do you see it now?

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I am editing this post to add information that I think is important. I struggled to write it earlier, and couldn’t quite find the words. This writer did.  

I think he says it better. I’m including it in its entirety.

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Imagine if these people faced actual oppression.
Nobody is trying to legislate away their right to marry.
Nobody is trying to make them buy insurance to pay for “male health care.”

The law never…
Enslaved their great-grandparents
Robbed their grandparents
Imprisoned their parents
Shot them when unarmed.

There is no massive effort at the state and local level to disenfranchise them of the vote. There is no history of centuries of bad science dedicated to “proving” their intellectual inferiority. There is no travel ban on them because of their religion. There is no danger for them when they carry dangerous weapons publicly.

Their churches were never burned. Their lawns were never decorated with burning crosses. Their ancestors never hung from trees.

Their mothers aren’t being torn away by ICE troopers and sent away forever. They won’t be forced to leave the only country they ever knew. The president has not set up a hotline to report crime committed at their hands.

They are chanting “We will not be replaced.” Replaced… as what?

I’ll tell you.

Replaced as the only voice in public discussions. Replaced as the only bodies in the public arena. Replaced as the only life that matters.

THIS is ‘white people’ oppression: We used to be the only voice. Now we hold the only microphone. THIS is ‘white man’ oppression. We face criticism now. We were free from it, because others feared the consequences.

THIS is ‘oppression’ of white Christians in this country. Christmas used to be the only holiday acknowledged, now it’s not.

I would so love to see these people get all the oppression they insist they receive, just for a year. Just to see.

Give them a world where you ACTUALLY can’t say Christmas. A world where the name “Geoff” on a resume puts it in the trash. Give them a world where they suddenly get a 20% pay cut, and then 70 women every day tell them to smile more.

Give them a world where their polo shirt makes people nervous, so they’re kicked off the flight from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis.

Give them a world where they inherited nothing but a very real understanding of what oppression really fucking is.

Give them a world where if they pulled up on a campus with torches lit and started throwing hands, the cops would punch their eyes out. Put THAT in your Tiki torches and light it, you sorry Nazi bitches.

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** Yes, the President has, since I wrote this post, put out a weak-sauce tweet denouncing these events in the most vague of terms. Know how I know that it’s weak and vague? Richard Spencer, the Nazi responsible for this, has trolled it so effectively that we understand that it could apply to literally any side of this argument. Behold:

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For the back of the house: no, all Trump voters are not white supremacists. YES, all Trump voters were comfortable electing a white supremacist to the highest office in the nation. This tweet is weak because the President doesn’t want to upset the members of his base because the members of his base are either okay with this or they are the very tiki-torch-lit assholes pictured above. These are guys wearing MAGA hats. These ARE the faces of your base. This IS the same rhetoric that Trump has always espoused. It’s Racism Classic™, now with Extra Tiki.

If you need further proof that the President doesn’t actually seem to care very much that this is happening in his name in his country, please enjoy this side-by-side comparison of the President’s stance on white supremacist Nazis versus his strong condemnation of sharks.


** Edited a second time to add: the President of the United States, after one person has been confirmed dead after a car deliberately drove into a group of anti-racist counter-protestors, has just condemned these violent acts “on many sides.”

This is literally the same as saying that he condemns the violent actions of Nazis, as well as the groups protesting the Nazis.

All I’m saying is that if violent acts are happening in your name and endorsed by David Duke and perpetrated by people waving signs with your name on it and wearing hats with your catchphrase on it, after you have asked Jeff Sessions and the department of Justice to stop investigating white supremacist terror groups exactly like this one, and all you can say is “I condemn this on many sides” rather than “stop doing this in my name” or “white supremacy is not tolerated in this country” or without using the phrase “domestic terrorism,” you’ll have to forgive me for drawing the logical conclusion that the President of the United States, in choosing his words carefully so as not to offend a racist, torch-wielding mob, gives more fucks about the feelings of actual Nazis than anyone or anything else. If you’re willing to speak “off the cuff” about North Korean missile strikes or classified intel or fallen soldiers or disabled reporters or Gold Star families but recognize that your words have impact when you’re worried about offending ACTUAL NAZIS, may you and every single person who ever defended you feel a shame that burns hotter than any collection of tiki torches.

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659 thoughts on “My fellow white Americans.

  1. Well said. Past time for us to stop treating this with kid gloves and call it what it is: Domestic terrorism.
    Small point of clarification: this new crop of racists is brazen, but they’re showing their faces at least in part because it is illegal to cover them in public in Virginia. No masks. The law was enacted to keep the Klan from wearing their hoods.

  2. my 15 year old came home from a day with her friends and while we were folding laundry she said “i guess there are real Nazis around today.” That broke my heart! How scared and confused she must be on the inside.

  3. Thank you.

    Just one small note: The white supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend are unable to cover their faces, whether they feel shame or emboldened. Virginia, like a handful of other states, has a decades-old law on the books that prevents covering one’s face on public property with the intent to conceal one’s identity. (§ 18.2-422.)

    Because we’ve been here before.

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  5. Publishing these images and your long diatribe about them, gives them audience they do not deserve. You really need to read some Gavin De Becker. Politicizing this somehow being related to Hillary’s loss or Trumps win or Ferguson or any other recent out of control event is not appropriate, and actually fulfills their purpose. There have been crazy people who are filled with hatred since the dawn of time. When you give them audience, when you allow them to riaise your dander, when you go on about them for paragraphs – you fuel their hatred. Give them no attention. None. No images in any paper – or blog you beg your mother not to read. Dismiss them and they will not succeed. Glorify their evil with words and publication – they will continue the attention they seek.

    • Nope. Sorry. Don’t tell me what I “really need to read” unless you’re a personal friend of mine, not some anonymous dude on the internet taking issue NOT with the Nazis in the streets, but with the fact that I talked about it.

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  7. And there we have it.

    Because these people hold a protest that turns violent, I’m the racist
    Because these people have a skewed view of what is right and wrong, I’m the racist
    Because Prez Trump doesn’t come out and declare they are domestic terrorist, I’m the racist

    So allow “the racist” to retort. These are not my people. Just because they are white, doesn’t prove all white people feel or react the same way. Just because a group of white people hold a rally, and then another group of white people protest that rally, and all hell breaks loose doesn’t mean all white people are prone to this type of action.

    Similar to Ferguson, when we said don’t hold all blacks accountable for the actions of a few
    Like Baltimore, when we said don’t place all blacks in Baltimore isn’t that same mob mentality.
    Similar to Prez Obama not using “radical Islamic terrorists” to describe a certain group.

    The issues are because we have hatred, extremism, and an overall lack of tolerance for anyone who doesn’t agree with us. You don’t like same sex, your a homophobe. You lean republican, your a racist. You prefer the democrats, your leftist. There is no middle ground anymore.

    This was going on before Trump, before Obama. This country has become incredibly more divided. No one want to just talk and listen. No one wants to have a different point of view, because they will become attacked or vilified.

    I’ll get attacked for my views here. Why? Because I voice them and they don’t align with yours. That’s the issue, that’s not America.

  8. Thanks for expressing eloquently what so many of us are feeling right now. I’m embarrassed to be a white man in America right now.

  9. Black lives matter protestors and rioters DID violently beat white people and burn buildings. There are hundreds of videos showing this. Both of these groups are racist but when the left can be and silent when black lives matters commit racist acts , this is what fuels the fire.

  10. My name is Geoff. I fully endorse this blog post. My resume deserves to be trashed as often as anyone else’s might simply for not liking a name. No one deserves privilege over others and no one deserves discrimination by the privileged.

  11. I was just wanting to move back to VA…. until I saw this and was reminded how people think there. There are many of us that lean right, that are NOT racist, and disgusted by this behavior as much as they are disgusted by rioting and looting from the other side. There are several things in this opinion blog that just aren’t true. I’m not sure how the lies came about. There are people of every race that are racist. I have heard whites talk like this, thinking I wouldn’t mind because I am white, and I have stood up to it, but have also been called “white girl” SO much, as a sexist and racist insult, that I have a very hard time thinking only white people are racist. Slavery is very alive today. Especially among those religions who get “stereotyped” and profiled. Especially by men using women in the sex trade. Especially in Africa. Repression of women and sexism is happening among many American cultures. Yes, this country has a history that was horrible to African people. There is a lot of profiling happening, and many places where African Americans are not safe and at risk. From what? This country is also among the first to outlaw slavery! All countries founded upon Judeo-Christian values were among the first to outlaw slavery! Did you know that? This country is also a great place to pull yourself out of poverty and make something of your life. I would know! If you are racist, you are also most likely sexist. Black or white. If you view the other races as your enemy or worse than you, because of their skin color, you are racist. Judging by the way they decide to dress and carry themselves is NOT the same! First impressions based on their appearance can always change once you see their true intent like these polo shirt (casual business attire) wearers. How dare you lump all the right together with these crazies! I do NOT think the Castile and Brown cases were the same AT all. One shooting was provoked, the other was a terrible cop. You can’t lump every case of black men being shot together, just as you can’t lump every member of the black, white, etc. communities together as the same! Sensationalist.

  12. This article is more garbage for white liberals to lap up as they fear racism and watch the news in terror. You and your strawman tactics are doing nothing to help this. Why don’t you sick Antifa on these guys if they pose a threat to you? Lefties and the smoke screens they get so uppity about…

  13. CNN won. CNN won by being the media that set the narrative!
    I am writing about the violence in Virginia. This how I think it went down. Some sort of federal order demanded Robt. E. Lee’s statue to be pulled down. 🤔Concerned citizens from Virginia obtained permission hold a demonstration demanding the statue NOT be pulled down.
    ANTIFA sort of folks decided to stop this legal demonstration, some local some bussed into the city and attacked anyone carrying an American flag.
    Some patriot types, local and bussed in,resisted their American flag being taken and began fighting these antifa types.
    DOES that pretty much sum it up ?
    But CNN in their progressive way reported, White Supremacist clash with concerned citizens!
    So CNN, telling another huge halflie names all the patriots as ‘White Supremist’
    I bet that name sticks, like that false narrative ‘hands up don’t shoot.
    If I ever see CNN again I will take note what company does the advertizing and will refuse to buy any of their products or services.

    GIPHY

    • “This is how I think it went down.”

      You started out OK, insofar as you admit that you don’t *know* how it went down. But by the end of your post:

      “So CNN, telling another huge halflie names all the patriots as ‘White Supremist’”

      You seem to have already convinced yourself, on the basis of zero evidence, that your story *is* how it went down. SAD!

      Look at the photographs from the rally. American flags seem to be vastly outnumbered by the “Confederate Flag” (really the battle flag of the Army of Northern Virginia) and the Nazi flag. People who carry those flags are, *by definition*, *not* patriotic Americans; they are traitors.

    • I saw a lot of Confederate flags. I saw a lot of Nazi flags. There weren’t a whole lot of American flags that I was able to determine. And I saw one hell of a lot of privileged white males chanting Nazi slogans and spewing hateful rhetoric. It was a sickening display of Americans hating America for all the world to see.

      I want my country back. You know the one; the land of the free and the home of the brave. Not this garbage dump of pants pissing Nazis who, now that the dominance of white maledom is facing its sunset, have decided to double down on hate and intolerance. If our chickens ever do come home to roost, we’ll have only ourselves to blame.

  14. What you describe in your article is a very small cross-section of the American right. A blatant generalization and exaggeration!!
    Just another ploy!

    • Yes, I agree! These people are a small cross-section of the American right! Did you condemn them today? If not, why? Do you think that they don’t represent you or your beliefs, and you shouldn’t be held accountable for the actions of the loudest few?

      If you think it’s insane that the vocal minority should represent the vast majority, CONGRATULATIONS, and welcome. This is literally what every Muslim has been saying for years when white people ask them to condemn acts of terror in their religion’s name.

    • Yet you aren’t condemning the behavior of the white supremacists. If you aren’t against them, does that mean you are with them?

      Isn’t it funny you aren’t speaking out forcefully about how much you disagree and how you don’t stand with them. If the shoe fits . . . Maybe it’s by your own words and behaviors and the things you will tolerate and the things that bother you by which you will be known. Maybe it’s not a plot nor a ploy at all. Maybe it’s just you?

  15. I am literally sick to my stomach by what happened in Charlottesville. White Privilege, oppression, racism and microaggression are unacknowledged and so very present today. My husband is Jewish and my daughter adopted from China, my brother in law Mexican. We are a nation of immigrants (many by force) and the only “original Americans” are the Native American tribes. Holland, England, Spain and France were invading forces here for economic gain. The original setters — if they were not landed gentry related to Kings or awarded land, they were here as part of penal colony. Exactly how Australia got started. This country was built on the backs of Black slaves, indentured servants, Chinese immigrants who built the railroad system, and the bones of the many tribes slaughtered as we moved from east to west. Hate Has no Home Here.

  16. You forget to mention that the Antifa were the ones who RAN A CROWD OF PROTESTERS OVER. There are people dead and hurt not because of your “racists,” not because of your “neo-nazis,” but because of people who think they can stop ideas with violence. Sounds a lot like fascism, right?

    • This is completely inaccurate. The dude in the Dodge was a Nazi,, who ran over peaceful protesters. The violence was initiated by people carrying German Nazi Flags – my uncle got a Croix de Guerre from the Free French Army fighting the Nazis – or carrying the flag of Treason in Defense of Slavery.

      Both the traitors of the Confederacy and the Nazis were and are enemies of America. I suspect you know the word Antifa because of your connection with the American Nazis.

      Great post Katherine!!

  17. I want to know why you didn’t write about the blacks rioting burning businesses? I want to know why you didn’t write about them burning police cars? I want to know why you didn’t write about them beating white people just because they are white? Why? You do know racists goes both ways, do you?

    • Hi, Molly! I didn’t mention it because nowhere in this incident — Nazis marching down the street — did a black person burn a business, set a police car on fire, or beat a white person because they were white. So there was literally no need for me to mention those things. In fact, I’d encourage you to look up “systemic injustice” to learn about why what you just said is deeply flawed! Please do more homework before coming here to argue again. PS: did you condemn the violent acts of actual goddamn Nazis today? Just curious, because if you took time to leave this comment, but not to publicly state that swastikas and sieg heils aren’t cool, I’d encourage you to do some soul-searching yourself. Have a nice day!

      • I think what Molly was asking is have you ever written about the issues she raises, not necessarily related to this Charlottesville one. If so where, I’d like to read what you’ve written. Thanks in advance.

    • Molly and Connie, this is a false equivalency. Children do it when two kids fight and one says, “She hit me first” or they justify bad behavior by saying the neighbor kids did it. Most mothers, being wise enough, punish them all anyway. Most people grow up to realize two wrongs don’t “deserve” equal time, that one person’s bad behavior doesn’t justify another’s.
      Katherine, in this post, is writing about her fellow white people. No matter what anyone else has done lately anywhere else in the world, the beliefs and actions of the white marchers are totally wrong and should be condemned, and the white resentment being deliberately kindled in this country should be seen for the false belief that it is.

  18. Very fine rhetoric, persuasive, with the ring of truth, that savage indignation that Swift was famous for. Donald Trump needs to explicitly disown the white supremacists. He needs to show true care and compassion, rather than mouthing hollow words. He needs to stop inciting violence by his silences and by his reckless tweets. Thank you for your powerful, moving words.

  19. Trying to spin all the violence to one side? Trying to stop ideas with biased media coverage? Sounds like facism to me.

  20. Excellent post! Thank you so very much for putting my feelings into words so eloquently. I’m hoping your post will help be a rallying cry for a lot of people. I have thought in recent days that the real trick will be to not sink into a fit of despair and anguish over the seeming hopelessness of it all. It just keeps coming so hot and heavy, but the reality is that giving up would be another example of our privilege. Our inspiration, whether we deserve to have and use it or not, can be found in the examples set by the unbelievably strong POC around us who have had their eyes open all along and haven’t given in or given up. There’s no choice for any of us anymore. Not to be over-dramatic, but our futures, the futures of our children and the futures of millions of others in other counties are all at stake. Many of us have slacked off since the election months ago, but its now time to hit the streets, hit the phones, get back to the canvassing, the donating of time, energy and money where possible, and everything else there is to think of doing again, with more gusto than before. We don’t have the leisure to be tired. Let’s gather our strength and get back to work.

  21. Thanks for the list of actions we can take. That’s what I’ve been thinking about today, trying to figure out what I can do personally. I don’t want my daughter to have to deal with this much hate in the world.

  22. Honest question from a 48-year-old white man. How many of these white nationalists are there? How many people take them seriously? They are a fringe group, a grotesque joke. I hope that in our shared effort to condemn them, that we are not elevating them and giving them the attention that they are looking for. They are unpleasant to look at and listen to and so I think we should all quietly turn our backs on them and walk away. I don’t want to minimize the threat that people actually feel from seeing them, I am merely suggesting that they may not pose much of a threat at all. If there are more of these people than I think there are, and if they pose more of a real threat than I think they do, then somebody please disabuse me of my ignorance. Otherwise don’t fret. I don’t think that these people are going to inspire anybody. If there is blowback from their demonstrations, then they will have to deal with that as well.

    • They are not a fringe group as much as you might think. There are a lot more white nationalists than you might imagine, and they are really, really good at using the internet. I do have to fret, because they are real, they are good at garnering followers, and because turning your back on the problem is not an effective solution to stopping it. You, sir, — and I mean this with love — are a 48-year old white man who might be able to turn his back to them…. because you are never in any real danger from their existence. Others cannot. I’m speaking out in my small way because it is the right thing to do. Some reading that might help you:

      http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/politics/hate-groups-spiked-in-2016/index.html

      View story at Medium.com

    • Except for they took the white house. And are now writing laws. They have our government. So there is that.

      It isn’t fringe. It is the centerpiece of one of our major political parties. We used to call them dog whistles, but Trump went full throated with it and was rewarded over those whom use to just whistle.

      If you read what Stephen Miller and Bannon have to say it’s all about white nationalists in our white house.

      Our president should be able to say “this is not acceptable.” But refuses to condemn either the bombing at a Mosque in Minnesota nor these actions.

      It shouldn’t be controversial to expect that the president of our multicultural, multiethnic, multi faith, diverse country should be able to unequivocally condemn white supremacy.

      We believe that this is “the fringe” at our own peril.

  23. …I hear you and you are right, but where’s the mention of the racist, violent domestic terrorists at Berkeley?? Why do you think all Hillary’s problems are because she’s a woman?? I know it’s impossible to see 100% of the truth from one perspective, but I hope you can allow that now all 100% of your opinion is the truth.

    • I never said that all of Hillary’s problems were because she is a woman. I didn’t mention the incident at Berkeley because this is, in part, a blog post about false equivalencies, and equivocating a group of protestors trying to prevent a racist march of Nazis waving torches (Berkeley) is simply not the same as those same Nazis actually marching and plowing cars into counterprotestors (Charlottesville). I wonder why you feel the need to ask me those questions today.

    • A whole lot of Hillary’s problems were because she was a woman. Look at the myriad ways we don’t care about Trumps conflict of interests or lack of ethics. Those who voted for him don’t care about him colluding with foreign governments. They don’t care he’s spent more in 6 months on secret service than in all of Obama’s 8 years.

      The complaints against Hillary don’t add up when you look at the giant deficits of Trump. They simply are laughable.

  24. Those who fail to learn from the brutal stompings visited upon them in the past are doomed to be brutally stomped in the future. Clearly these ugly, torch lugging, third reich wannabe swine failed to learn.

  25. Very well said. I tried writing something similar, you did so much better, especially all the examples of what they should experience before picking a stance of hate. But may I add one thing….if we remove their right to speak, are we not in danger of that right also being removed and then your post would have never enlightened so many. As vile as they are, that freedom of speech thing has to be allowed. What if the protesters of the Nazi group just stood, with their signs or makeshift walls to block everyone outside the Nazi’s path…limiting their reach? What if the media did not cover this and give them fame and glory? What if no one came to hear them? The last being the most effective technique, as their message would shrivel some. Overall, I loved your point. I am an old white female. I fought hard for rights for myself as a woman and equality for all others, be it race, religion, sexual preference, etc…we all have those rights to chose for ourselves how we conduct our lives. And I will fight for that right to my death. So, your words rang home, and your age gives me hope. You, and others like you may save the rest of us. Just don’t succumb to these racists tactics. Then you become one of them. “When they go low, you go high!” Thank you.

  26. A thousand times “yes!!!!!!” I’ve shared this blog, also. Now, if I could only memorize it, I could sound exactly like I want to sound every time I find myself trying to explain what “my problem” is…. Thank you for these words.

  27. Those who saved Jewish families under the NAZIs said they did not intend to be heroes but that they choose not to go over the cliff with the rest of their community. Choose not to go over the cliff.

  28. I don’t support the use of straw-man arguments or the bait-and-switch tactics this article uses. Disagreement with the extreme left’s political agenda does NOT equate with racial supremacist ideology. Ironically, these are the very tactics that are used by the hate groups to propagate their agenda. Any group, whether on the left or the right that would use rhetoric like this to prevent critical thinking, is only interested in preventing the thoughtful exchange of ideas that can bring about positive change.

    • I’m not a member of the extreme left. I just want all people to have basic human rights, and I’m angry that actual fucking Nazis are marching in the streets, and I’m incredibly uninterested in hearing your argument about how I’m “preventing critical thinking” by saying so.

      • Demanding silence IS the very intolerance you deplore. I don’t like Trump, probably for the same reasons you don’t like him. Frankly I’m mystified by his popularity. But this logical fallacy of labelling everyone who disagrees with you a Nazi, or of refusing to participate in dialogue that is the only means for bringing about change, won’t benefit anyone.

        • David look at the photos they call themselves Nazi’s and they are proud of it. My family in England and Germany lost many loved ones to the nazis and would be horrified that we are letting this resurgence continue. Not speaking up against them is what has put us in this horrible state today. Choose what you want to stand for and speak up instead of attempting to balance on the thin wire that is breaking down society and allowing fascism to rise again.

        • I just re-read your post. I share your anger over this Nazi demonstration. Free speech does NOT require toleration of hate speech or any other form of bullying.

        • David Lloyd they are caring Nazi flags And giving the Nazi salute. How critical do you have to think to figure out they are Nazis?

        • David, I 100% agree with your comments. Yes I fully support the condemning of these deplorable acts, but the hidden agenda roped into the above article is not something I agree with, and frankly find dangerous (for reasons that you’ve already mentioned). I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who saw this.

        • My agenda isn’t hidden. Don’t be a Nazi. Condemn white supremacy. Racism is bad, including the kind where it’s subtle as well as public. That’s it. My agenda is literally just asking people to be better than actual, marching-in-the-streets Nazis.

        • The facts as I have read them in numerous reports are that a group of people carrying Nazi symbols, confederate flags and torches got into a fight with counter protesters and someone drove a car into a group of counter protesters killing one and injuring perhaps 20 more. The premise of this blog is that the kind of behavior shown by the group displaying Nazi symbols and sentiments and the individual who presumably sympathizes with those actions and views (hence the car / crowd scenario), is and should be unacceptable in modern America. However there are many comments on every forum I have seen today, that not only fail to condemn the actions of this group but attempt to legitimize it, by drawing comparison (false equivalency) with the actions of others at this event and in other events and other places. The facts are still that a group of people acted to promote Nazi symbols and ideas and some individual killed and injured those who opposed them. Nazism is morally indefensible and murder is a crime. Failure to condemn those acts and attempts to justify them is worthy of opposition by any responsible citizen, irrespective of political views. That is why I am writing this. BTW I dont think its fair to accuse Katherine is labeling everyone who disagrees a Nazi; she is labeling those who carry nazi flags and shout nazi slogans as such. Nor is she refusing to participate in dialogue; quite the opposite I’d say.

  29. I was right up there with you until you mentioned Michael Brown. Continuing to equate that situation with racism completely dilutes actual racism issues.

      • I have to agree with Annabeth on this one. Michael Brown body slammed a storekeeper he ripped off. Michael Brown did attack Officer Wilson. Was Officer Wilson more likely to shoot Michael Brown because of his color? We’ll never know. Each case has to rest on its own merits, and not a gut reaction or always one or the other side.

      • Michael Brown died because he tried to take an officer’s weapon from him and then charged the officer. My facts are straight-I am from the area, watched it unfold day after day, read the affidavits, and watched as “eyewitness” accounts recanted their story over and over. this is the first time I’ve been to your blog. My apologies-I did not realize that you preferred to put your writings out for public view and then wished for those who disagree with a portion of your opinion would be asked to look elsewhere. My bad. No worries-I’ll go ahead and not read your content again.

    • Thank you Emily. You are correct. Linking Brown’s name with Philandro Castille, Freddie Grey, and all of the other tragic shootings by police is just wrong.

      Michael Brown died because he broke the lawn, beat up a store clerk, then climbed into a police officer’s car and tried to wrestle away the officer’s gun.

      This blog is well-written and terrifying. Every word is sickeningly, heartbreakingly true.

      But Michael Brown was no innocent teenager, mowed down because he was black. Research of the case makes that very, very clear.

        • Was a peacekeeper @ one protest. Use the ballot box for the Federal offices next year. Otherwise, I know of nothing else.

        • You wrote this blog very eloquently, and you are right in many ways. However, you lose credibility when you claim your opinion to be fact. Becoming argumentative because some folks only partially agree with you is counterproductive. That is the problem. Nobody seems to be able to civilly disagree anymore. Most seem to have the “I am right, you are wrong” mentality.

  30. It seemed that the majority of these persons were male.did they force their wives, sisters and Mothers to stay at home or just told them “This is man work! Were they to ashamed to have their women folk even near by , considering their behavior. Or worse, they had their womenfolk stay at home, because women are not (fill in the blank) to march with these hyper aging boyish adolescents?

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