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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  2. Very well said – but my question still is: why do we tolerate Trump? His corruption is blatant, as is his supreme ego and disregard for his office and for us, Not any one of us would ever get away with a fraction of what he and his family do, yet no one is stopping them! Why???

  3. This post reminds me of what us young Germans was tought by our grandparents and parents how it started in 1933: the brown mop yelling, shoutimg, burning down until people were to frighned to wothstand as the gov’t continued to burn the own people.

    May your country fond enough brave women and men to stand up am stop this madness in time. It’s already late !

  4. Human kind are same so respect love human and love humanities.. no one been born as they wish but it is give of god… we can’t shaded our hatred to any human kind… some got wide and open mind and some got narrow mind where they can’t keep other human kind.. i suggest you need love than you give love.. no human above nature so respect the nature creation..

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  6. Katherine, I’ve never read your blog before, but shared this article on FB. You wrote more eloquently than my heart can, right now. The shame of all this happening openly, in the country I grew up in, is too heavy a burden to speak through. Thank you. Please don’t let those who would come here to argue with you or justify what has happened today, discourage you. You spoke wisdom.

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  8. While you’re bashing hate groups… Antifa and BLM Terrorists were also there! One person is directly responsible for driving and killing one and injuring others… But ALL hate groups were responsible for provoking the violence to escalate and the cops should have stopped it earlier in the day!

    You hate the Klan… but today you’re standing with David Duke and blame President Trump!

    News Flash…
    Democrat Sen Robert Byrd-
    In the 1940s, recruited 150 of his friends and associates to create a new chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in Sophia, West Virginia! Guess what? He did all that while serving in the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1947 to 1950, and while in the West Virginia State Senate from 1950 to 1952!

    In 1946, Democrat Sen. Byrd wrote a letter to a Grand Wizard stating, “The Klan is needed today as never before, and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia and in every state in the nation.”

    Look no further than the Democrat party for creating and enforcing the KLAN movement!

    • Sherrie, that is Democratic Party. Referring to the party by the abbreviated term coined as a pejorative only signals (true or not) that you cannot think for yourself, but depend upon others to tell you what you think. Speaking of which, since you pulled your information directly from Wikipedia (without attribution), you might have read just a little further.

      You would have come to this part: “Byrd later called joining the KKK “the greatest mistake I ever made.”[20] In 1997, he told an interviewer he would encourage young people to become involved in politics but also warned, “Be sure you avoid the Ku Klux Klan. Don’t get that albatross around your neck. Once you’ve made that mistake, you inhibit your operations in the political arena.”[21] In his last autobiography, Byrd explained that he was a KKK member because he “was sorely afflicted with tunnel vision—a jejune and immature outlook—seeing only what I wanted to see because I thought the Klan could provide an outlet for my talents and ambitions.”[22] Byrd also said in 2005, “I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times … and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.”[11] (Source: Wikipedia)

      This is what the Washington Post thinks of attempts to use Senator Byrd to demonize the Democratic Party for past sins: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2016/03/02/at-least-robert-byrd-apologized-whats-your-excuse-david-duke/?utm_term=.5e2733ae37b1

      Yes, the Democratic Party was the party of racism for many years. But, when the liberal wing of the Democratic Party was able to finally root the poisonous ideology of the Dixiecrats from its midst, those scorned Dixiecrats ran straight into the welcoming arms of the GOP.

      Racism is an ugly thing. It is such an awful stain on the Democratic Party that it once supported racism so virulently. It is a stain the Democratic Party has long tried to atone for. That the Republican Party has so enthusiastically embraced racism and xenophobia as part of its core message is reprehensible and probably is going to be the death knell of the GOP. And most deservedly so.

  9. No flag is large enough to cover the shame of the white nationalist brought on by Trump and his republican administration.

  10. I understand the fear of the alt-right, they must teach their children to hate as a matter of self preservation. If the teach love, they would be loved out of existence. The gene dominance of brown people is a threat to the survival of the white race. They need hate to create separation to prevent interracial love and marriage and the offspring of the former. So, they must hate and support racial separation because love could make them extinct. So I understand their fear and frustration. But the TRUTH is there is NO such THING as RACE. This truth must be made known and taught as the scientific fact that it is. Everyone must know that WE ARE ONE by NATURE and the COLOR OF OUR SKIN DOES NOT MAKE US DIFFERENT. The man made classification of race has and is used as a control mechanism. Campaigns have used these classifications of race to divide and create political and economic power. The 1 percent is looking down at the rest of us bickering and fighting for straps while they hoard all the wealth. They use us (THE POOR) to fight their wars where they are PROFITING from ALL SIDES. While our sons and daughter die and lose arms, legs, and half their brains and congress cuts support for poor and veterans so they can lower taxes for the rich and fund the war machine. STAY WOKE!

    • Well said. A little perspective. Remember that it was the Democrats who created those divisions first through slavery. Then, through the expanded welfare system born from Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. It is the Democratic Party whose power is most dependent upon creating and maintaining divisions. People like to say that the parties just switched sides in the 60’s. Not true. Democrats are and always have been the group that has dominated others, for the same reasons you mentioned. Republicans, or conservatives I should say, are and always have been pro-business and against controlling the individual. Conservatism, by its very nature, is not divisive. The sanctity of the individual is paramount. That doesn’t mean we don’t reach out to help. Quite the opposite, in fact. But, the giver and receiver of the help do so on their own terms. Not so easy to attain political power doing it this way, but it’s the only human way to do it. Nice post, Reginald.

  11. Curious – Should we judge white people by the worst of them? Should black culture be defined by gangs? Should Mexican culture be defined by the drug cartel? Should Italian culture be defined by the mafia? Instead of oversimplifying based on skin color and gender, we need to think critically about ideology instead, so that we can weed out the scum like these Nazis instead of the “white bad, black good” rhetoric, which we all know is wrong because their is no inherent badness or goodness in anyone based on skin color. White privilege is real. Black Lives Matter is an important movement. But this “all white people need to apologize for this” needs to end. White DO need to stand against this, and we need to acknowledge that the whites standing against this are different from the whites committing this crimes. However, that requires critical thinking and understanding that people who write biased thinkpieces like this seem to lack.

    • All people, and most of them were white, need to apologize for electing Trump. By doing that they are indirectly responsible for the rise of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists. And you should apologize, yes.

      • Diane, White Supremacists (also known as KKK have been around for 150 years) and Neo Nazis attached themselves to the KKK during the 50s and 60s when we were all fighting for Civil Rights and Voting Rights. When the Civil Rights Act came to be in the 60s….there were still 16 states where interracial marriage was illegal. Change comes slowly so we must be willing to adapt! I’m white and I did not vote for the monster known as Trump!

        • But “Alt Right” has not been around until 45 took office and they gained a foothold. KKK wore hoods because they had to–they now have little to fear as they have an ally in the white house–many of them–all appointed by 45. This is new and it is bringing/ dredging up the 50’s and 60’s you speak of Joyce; in the most negative possible way. For a country to go backwards is not new; for it to go back multiple decades while exacerbating the possibility of war and simultaneously being investigated for Russian ties is unheard of and unprecedented.

        • President Wilson was the greatest supporter of the KKK and Eugenics to suppress minority groups in America. Do not forget violence is on both extremist sides now. Both sides aim to tear apart the moral and political fabric that makes up the American Dream that Man can rule himself.

        • Motai….. to be fair, the reason these marchers didn’t wear hoods isn’t because they were proud of what they were doing, or because they have little to fear, or because they have an ally in the white house. It’s because it’s illegal in Virginia to wear masks in public or otherwise obscure your identity. Not sure of the actual terminology of the law, but that’s pretty close.

        • Motai – And B. The term “alt-right” may be fairly new, the attitude has been there for decades and decades and decades.

    • where in these articles did it say “all white people need to apologize for this”? I went back and reread them and still didn’t find that. I think these are well-written and very truthful.

    • If it doesn’t apply to you, don’t make it about you. “Not all” has become a codeword for “I don’t want to deal with this & my role in letting this evil continue.” Just stop justifying fascists and white supremacists. Is that actually so hard to do?

    • But this article isn’t saying that whites are bad and blacks are good. It’s only stating that the whites who voted for trump need not to condone this behavior. This article is targeted at the countless amounts of whites who either defend this behavior actively or passively, rather than speaking out against it. If you’re white and you voted for trump and then say “hey, this is terrible behavior and I don’t condone this” or just “fuck Nazi’s” to keep things simple. Then this article isn’t for you. You’ve done no wrong and don’t deserve the lashing so to speak.

  12. The most pathetic attempt I’ve seen of someone trying to be “bigger and better” while using inflammatory rhetoric, half truths, out and out lies, and a host of other leftist hypocritical maneuvers. Your “nazis” are literally the ones that claim they are not. So typical of the left. Defect then spin. KKK was a product of the left, straight out of the Democratic Party. Antifa is the new Nazi Party, period. Here is some history for you:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/grant-kkk/

    • You can see the pictures of people throwing Nazi salutes, carrying the swastika and wearing t-shirts quoting Hitler. And you still want to argue about which group is supporting Nazism?

    • The KKK is not a product of the left. And Republicans are not the party of Lincoln! The KKK was born right after the Civil War among the Southern Democrats who could not be called liberal in any sense of the word. Fighting the Civil war for them was a way of saying that they no longer believed in the Union which was born during the war for freedom from England. Once they lost that battle both with fighting and the realization that their ideas would never be accepted, a group of them formed the KKK which was a way for them to continue their war against the North which stood for the Union. KKK were guerilla fighters taking their fight to the freed slaves who believed they would now be allowed to live the lives of free men and women. Southern Democrats continued to fight in other ways. Straight out of the Democrat party of the SOUTH—not the liberal Democrat party of today. When Pres. Johnson allowed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act to be passed—Southern Democrats looked for another name to call themselves and so they associated themselves with the name of their mortal enemies in the Civil War—the Republican Party. They chose a name which they hated during the war between the states BECAUSE it was the party of Lincoln and now they proudly proclaim the falsehood that they ARE the party of Lincoln. Which they are not nor could they be—-so many years later they could cover themselves with that party name while in their souls they probably still hate the president who lead the North against them! History is important but do not be fooled by the exchange of names…..Lincoln belonged to another Party called the Whigs which became the Republican party!

    • For the millionth time, democrats before the early 20th century were not leftist. Lincoln was a republican, who died putting forth a strong central govnt. Southern democrats fought for states rights, which is a rightist principle – individual freedoms over the collective good. Names mean nothing – only the ideology behind it.

    • Pat if you actually knew anything about our history you would know that the two parties switched ideologies in the 60’s – so you can’t blame the democrats for being the party of hate – the KKK and the Nazi party is the party of the president – of the republicans

    • How interesting that you can do some of the history research but you have chosen to ignore this part of history: http://www.stonekettle.com/2016/09/greatness-again.html If you want to ignore the Southern Strategy, all that proves is that you’re “research” is a mere convenience fr you to try (poorly, by the way) to defend the GOP and your vote for the dementia-ridden racist frat boy that we now have as the POTUS.

  13. This type of behavior is wrong.
    I am a white women that has NEVER had a problem with integration. My father was blind and took people at their word and personal integrity. He came from a very poor family who lived in areas with black, white, Hispanic, and others.
    He always said that if people were either blind or color blind (as made no difference in color) this nation may not have prospered as much as it has but would hope it would be a better place because it was based on a work ethic that all who did their best prospered and those to choose not to lived or died by their own lack of participation.
    I wish for 1 day that everyone spoke the same language, was the same color and we could see if there would be differences.
    Guess what there would not be because a man or woman is who they are in their hearts. EVIL IS EVIL….GOOD IS GOOD….BUT, THE HOPE THE GOOD OF ALL SHOULD BE THE MONTRA.
    PLEASE REMEMBER WE ARE ALL THE HUMAN RACE. WE WILL EITHER SURVIVE BECAUSE WE GET IT OR EVENTUALITY DIE FROM OUR OWN PRENUDICES AND HATE.

  14. im old enough to remember barack obama endorsing the highly anti-police BLM movement at the funeral for 5 murdered police officers in dallas. every elected official plays these despicable political games, unfortunately people like this blogger started paying attention to politics at the time they realized they could always feel better about their miserable lives by disparaging trump. im not a trump supporter and didnt vote for him but if you arent willing to converse with the other side, whats your solution? everyone should just go blindly vote democrat in 2018 and 2020? what will that fix? were there no bad police shoots or racially-inspired incidents under a democratic president?
    this is a joke. take time to mourn for the people who passed today, dont just run to your computer screen and try to garner clicks and likes on your blogs for some temporary seretonin release. if you really care, donate to the victims families and speak with your vote. because you’re blogging in an echo chamber.
    and one last thing, identity politics did lose the democrats the 2018 presidential election, along with many seats in the house and senate. fully process that and accept that there is a better way forward for the democratic party, before you decide that you just need to shut down anyone who doesnt fit your mold of a “model progressive”. articles like this are so lazy and make me physically ill.

    • literally when the bar is “disavow Nazis and white supremacy,” that’s a pretty fucking low bar to clear. Not at all the same thing as “shutting down anyone who doesn’t fit my mold of a model progressive.”

    • “endorsing the highly anti-police BLM movement at the funeral for 5 murdered police officers in dallas” … Never fucking happened, lying scumbag asshole. Produce a source other that InfoWars for it, and I’ll retract the “lying.”

      • Michaelangelo, yep, but can we keep the “scumbag” part? Maybe Whitewash William got it from Br*itbart – they’ve been saying this stuff for a couple of years. Now if WW could produce some actual FACTS, that would be nice.

    • If you were old enough to remember, then you would know that your statement about President Obama is completely and utterly false. Unfortunately YOU are part of the problem. You will choose to justify hate because of a falsehood that you have repeated so often that it has become your truth. Obviously this blogger has started a conversation with dozens of people. If we can talk about it, we can make progress. Ignoring it or justifying as you seem to be doing will only make matters worse.

    • I don’t disagree with everything you said, but thinking that BLM is anti-police is ridiculous! It is anti racist police, and we all should be that. Taking offense at BLM as a police officer would be like me being angry about a group speaking out against racist teachers.

  15. I am a 58 year old woman and this is the first time I have read your blog or even heard your name, but this blog touched me so much, it brought tears to my eyes and made me incredibly angry at the same time. And even though I am Canadian I find the events of the past few days (and your President’s weak response) terrifying. And so I have donated a little bit of money to you to do with as you see fit. I work in a High School with special needs kids and finances are tight but felt I had to do something. It is only $20 (actually $26.26CDN) but please know that it would be much more if I could. Thank you for this blog, please continue.

  16. There is no talking to these people. They will make excuses for everything. A normal person would look at what is happening in Virginia and see it for what it is, a bunch of arrogant white men needing to feel like they are superior. They need this to validate their existence. And anyone making excuses for them is dealing with their low self esteem (I might not have anything going for me, but at least I’m not black). Pathetic at the least.

      • Really? What the hell do democrats have to to with this? If you use the old rightwing lie about how democrats are responsible for the KKK and the Confederates, then I’ll know how uneducated you are. The political parties of today bare no resemblance to the political parties of pre-WWII. Lincoln would be rolling in his grave as would Jefferson Davis.

        • When “people” like C have no other argument, they go back to kindergarten ” well, what about you???” which, like in kindergarten, means 1) they’re trying to convince you you’ve done something wrong even when you haven’t and 2) they can’t actually defend their own behavior, because there’s no defense. Transparent and stupid – can’t they ever have an intelligent comment?

  17. “If you think that Philando Castille or Mike Brown could have just “handled it differently” and they wouldn’t have died?”
    More white people are killed by police officers each year. It sucks that Castille died but stop ignoring the fact that this isn’t a minority isolated incident. Furthermore, Mike Brown attacked a police officer.

    “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.”
    They have. For years. Doesn’t make this right, but since liberals love playing the “pass the blame game” whenever they do something wrong then why don’t you play that card here? It can be easily said that this entire thing was fueled by leftist racism and intolerance, that democrats spawned this hate.

    But you won’t hear that. Not from the left because it doesn’t fit their narrative and not from the right because we don’t tolerate this crap, no matter who it’s from. Wrong is wrong.

    “This is a country where racists are empowered.”
    Indeed. BLM was empowered to kill cops for eight years.

    “You still think that Hillary’s problems had nothing to do with the fact that she was a woman?”
    Her problem was that she got Americans killed, impoverished thousands of New York citizens as a senator, and the entire United States Military hates her.

    • You really don’t know what you are talking about. I am white, I attended several BLM events….I was never harmed, I was never threatened, I was never made to feel out of place. I held hands with strangers to stand up for something we all agreed on. The fact that you are spouting your anti Hillary rhetoric just demonstrates your inability to admit that you were totally wrong about Trump. You know it somewhere inside you, or you are a total racist yourself and are happy and feel empowered like the rest of them. How about this. Why don’t you just keep your excuses to yourself because honestly, they make you look far worse than you know.

    • I would love to have one fact in this anywhere. But I see above that you just spout whatever you hear on Alex Jones or whatever. And it’s not true about the military : http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/trump-s-support-drops-military-communities-n768036 I have students in combat zones in the middle east every semester, and each and every one is watching the garbage fire that’s the current administration and saying that they wish that Hillary was POTUS because she understands the international situation the US is in.

    • You are spouting lies. Castille and Brown are only a couple of examples. Haven’t you heard/seen all of the other stories? Did you watch the video of the black BOY shot in seconds while he sat ALONE on a park bench with a toy gun on his lap??? Give me real information from a reliable source that says that BLM was empowered to kill cops and that blacks were yelling about killing people who don’t look like them. Leftists would be happy if everyone could go about their lives fairly with equal opportunity for all. That’s not racism and intolerance. You make absolutely NO SENSE.

    • Agreed. I am a generation older, x if you will. I actually live in one of the “whitest” states of the union and one of the oldest. For the longest time we were considered moderate and now the generation that is young and choosing to stay is one of the most bigoted ever. I live in a rather progressive population of 900, which is a well house of liberalism for the area. Yet, although we are the centralized school district for K-8 we are inundated with conservative rural hipsters trying to control a local narrative.

  18. The leader of our country needs to call these hate groups out by name and say he does not want to be endorsed by Nazis and white supremacists. Period. They are chanting “Heil Hitler” and “Emperor Hitler”. I have heard it with my own ears. They need to be told he does not want hate group endorsements. That these groups are antithetical to American values.

  19. Herein lies the power of a well crafted commentary. This should be shared far and wide. Anyone who reads this and turns a blind eye to the truth of it is not just ignoring the issue or failing to take sides. That person picks up the guilt for these heinous acts and wears it as boldly as the white suoremicsts that proudly displayed their nasty actions in Charlottesville. Congress needs to outlaw actions like this that not only incite violence, but invite it with wide open arms. It should be categorized in the same way yelling Fire! in a theater is. If Congress fails to take away the power of white supremacy, they may as well don the robes and hoods for all to see. If we don’t each take a hardline stance against this terrorist threat, we own the consequences. Terrorism is terrorism. It must not be tolerated in any form on American soil.

  20. Both sides are wrong I stii remember the race riots of the sixtys. Far worse than these because they were in black communitys all over country Burning and looting and beating white people just because they were white. Wrong just as these KKK people are wrong.I keep hoping that it will end with the next generatiom but ever so many years it rears its evil head agin.Turn to God and pray I know thats not how you beleive,but I beive that is the only way it will be stoped.Your writing is good even the parts that I don’t agree with. I have to remember that most of this was before your time.

    • Hate begets hate, violence begets violence and naive, narcissistic and ignorant of history like Katy Fritz will never be able to articulate a valid and succinct argument for their point of view. This is because she is filled with vile hatred for those not like her. Until she learns to love those that are different from herself, she will never be able to do anything but whine and scream about the shortcomings of others.

  21. While people like to throw around the wit and wisdom of Adolf Schicklegruber, I’ll stick with my fave truism from der Feuhrer…”How fortunate for those in power that people do not think”…speech to the Reichstag 1936. Rat on, bruh, nailed it that time, if not many others.

  22. Thank you for this. It needs to be said, yet I can’t say it without becoming an “Angry Black Woman”. I’ve been called militant because I wanted to sit at a Starbucks, like I was trying to intergate a Woolworth’s lunch counter. That was back in 2014 or so. I only imagine things getting worse for me in the very near future. So, I need all the allies I can get. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  25. I’m black and live in Ferguson, Missouri. I was raised by a white Mormon family that showed me love, taught me to not judge others, and above all else–that we should love those that we find to be misguided and strive to show them a better way of life through our own example.

    When your column was posted by a friend of mine to my Facebook feed I decided to read it. Unfortunately it is lacking in empathy for those you disagree with, but it does espouse many of the vile, hateful, and naively constructed arguments that a nazi might use to justify her own world view.

    You wrote, ‘Imagine for one second that an angry mob of black people descended on…’. Were you here? Go to YouTube and watch, we had businesses burn, people injured and civil unrest for weeks at the hands of angry violent black men.

    You invoked lynching in your article. Do you realize that *only* about 3000 blacks have been lynched since the civil war? Lynching was the way southerners took out vigilantly, racist, unlawful, and/or vengeful displays of killing, it wasn’t just blacks who were lynched, in fact more whites were lynched than blacks.

    Your hate speech could be boiled down to only one truth, neonazis marched in Charlottesville. Virtually every other point you make is biased, hateful, and sad. The sexism rant is bizarre.

    You should go volunteer at a homeless shelter for men, or a rehab center in Appalachia for white heroine addicts, or go to a rural white community in the Midwest and perform some civil services for them.

    The most amazing experience I had as a child was going and raking leaves at the home of an elderly white women down the street from us. She came to her front down and yelled for ‘you coons’ to get out of her yard. I didn’t know that was a racial term, I was 7. I laughed cause I thought she was joking with us. Then she started crying, she realized that we had raked most of her lawn for her. She quickly apologized to my mom, and gave us ice cream. For the next 10-years she was one of the nicest and sweetest people I ever interacted with. I want to believe that we might have shown her a better way through an act of kindness.

    Maybe the next time you see a white man, you should strive not to hate him, give him a hug, try to walk in his shoes.

    • Whoo boy. Here goes:

      1) I don’t hate white men. I date a white man, work with white men, love white men. This is literally about disliking NAZIS. All white men are not nazis.

      2) Your story about being nice to a white lady who was racist but then gave you ice cream is fascinating, but ultimately not an effective policy proposal. I would be kinder about this, but I’m not inclined to, because I believe you made it up, because

      3) You know I can check your IP address and you used your real email, right? Hi there, John Dittrich, who is posting from Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, the “Troll Capital” of the world! I’m not inclined to tell you to volunteer at more homeless shelters or dictate how you spend your life; I’m literally just saying that NAZIS ARE BOTH REAL AND BAD. If you can’t agree with that, I think we’re both done here.

      • The IP address tells you where I’m at, not where I’m from. I’m visiting my cousin and her family on Mount Horeb.

        Your tone is hate filled, and the story is 100% real. Have you ever experienced racism before, imagine growing up in the south in a biracial family. You know how many times my parents were questioned about whether I was ‘theirs’. The worst was a white female officer in NY who rationalized I was the cleaning maid’s child….she said it was wonderful that my parents would include me in their outings….

        • jfc. okay.

          No, I haven’t experienced racism before.
          I am a white woman. I say that right from the start. I don’t have to have experienced racism firsthand to know that it’s bad and I shouldn’t be here for it. I don’t quite understand how, if you are who you say you are, you CAN have experienced racism and think it can be solved by being nice to people who are racist and it’ll all just work itself out.

          Once again….. I think Nazis are bad. I think racists are bad. That’s the point of this article.

          Saying that actual Nazis are bad in an emphatic public forum is NOT THE SAME THING as “spewing hate.” Just isn’t. Sorry.

    • I agree with Katherine Fritz in her response to you. Also, it’s not true that more whites were lynched than blacks. In addition, many whites who were lynched were killed for sympathizing/supporting blacks. Other minority/nonwhite groups were also lynched. Where did you find your information?

  26. The KKK covered their faces to hide their identities, yes. The cowls were also a fear tactic, if they couldn’t be identified by their faces, they could be anyone. Even someone who walks by you at the grocery store, or your sidewalk by your house.

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  28. I love this. All of it except the title. I think it should be title “My Fellow Americans.” In fact it’s the only reason I decided not to share it. I’m a white female. I grew up in a racially diverse city. I went to school with black kids and white kids and Mexican kids and Asian kids. We all sat next to white boys, not just me. To me your title implies that only white people have experienced what you have experienced, but I think everyone can relate. (And I know not all white boys grow up to be Nazis! Sorry to all the good guys out there.)

  29. I really wish people would get their definitions straight. The big fat swipe at “Christians” is endemic of this broad stroked whitewash the so called enlightened, thinking people like to use when they have decided that the “Christians” are at it again and need to be taken down another peg. Like Vizzini from the Princess Bride – you keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means. SO lets get the definition of the word Christian nailed down, shall we? Historically the word Christian appeared during the first century in the city of Antioch (now Syria) as a practical means of identifying the Apostles and adherents of Jesus Christ by the non-believing inhabitants. The word in it’s original form is Χριστιανός/(khris-tee-an-os’) / Christianos : meaning literally “Christ copy” denoting a copy of a lesser degree of intensity than the original. The word, properly used identifies a adherent of Jesus Christ – a adherent in word, deed, character and nature – in essence a copy. No copy of Christ, no adherent  in word, deed, character and nature of Jesus of Nazareth ever stood under a swastika or a burning cross screaming in infantile rage about supremacy of skin tone. In point of fact ,no Christian has EVER at the behest of the Lord Jesus Christ done any wrong to his fellow man. They may have been violent morons before they believed and obeyed but not after. They may even have been followers or disciples (as Simon Peter demonstrated in Gethsemane when he cut a mans ear off “defending” the Lord) but not a Christian – not a copy. Christ in His brief time here on earth has never killed anyone, stolen anything; He never condemned anyone never enslaved, abused, vilified, harassed, victimized or even accused anyone. He did no harm – I love the way the Bible says it – “He did no violence.”. Even though it was going on all around Him and ultimately done to Him.
    So Katherine while you’re condemning white people, racism, Donald Trump, voters for Donald Trump, and basically anyone  else who doesn’t agree with you make sure that your blogeoning the right people. (You may mean Catholic. That word has erroneously appropriated the term Christian since before the Crusades.)
    And before you and the JuliusGoat you rode in on accuse me of using the “No true Scotsman” fallacy be reminded that that concept is valid where no exacting definition or standard of comparison exists. Such is not the case with the term Christian. Its precise and exacting definition is outlined in the document of record since the beginning, from Genesis to Revelation His attributes, conduct and nature are specifically foretold and fulfilled.

  30. To Whom It May Concern For Immediate Release Concerning Vicious attacks by White Supremacists and White Nationalists Against Protestors

    We, the undersigned, unequivocally condemn the actions and violent protests of Neo Nazis, White Supremacists, and White Nationalists in Charlottesville VA. Furthermore, we will not tolerate Racists or Fascists that support Islamaphobia, sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, or Anti immigrant actions. We call for immediate legal actions against these White Nationalists. We call for President Trump and the Government of the US to condemn these actions. We call for the arrest on charges of terrorism against these white supremacists, especially those involved in the injury and death of Anti Fascist protestors at the hands of the vehicle that ran over protestors. Finally, we condemn Trump, the US Government, the Governor of Virginia and the state and local Police for their lack of action against these White Nationalists for their violent actions. We further call the Police and Government as complicit, especially the Trump Adminstration, in those who died and were injured in these brutal attacks. We also hold Fire officials guilty for allowing the Nazi style torch march. We demand that actions happen immediately against the organizers of this rally and march. We demand that actions happen immediately and with extreme prejudice.

    Sincerely,

    Poor Peoples Economic Human Rights Campaign, Refuge Ministries of Tampa Bay, Pinellas County Green Party, Revolutionary Road Radio Show, and Revolutionary Caucus of Tampa Bay

    contact Rev Bruce Wright spokesperson

    727 278 1547 or bruce@stpeteprogressives.org

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