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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706 thoughts on “My fellow white Americans.

  1. Some place in all of the preceding diatribe there was the statement that the white supremists are the right. Very wrong. They may agree with some of the economic positions of the right but they are not the right and they do not speak for the right and they do not define the social positions of the right. They no more define the right than the KKK defined the left when they were born out of the Demacratic party. Evil is evil no matter what economic or political position the supporter of evil may take. Trying to hang the evil of these people on a political group is not helpful and fuels the division between groups who are not evil but simply have disparate views on how to deal with a variety issues.

  2. The author of this article is just a whiny bitch. There are no words to describe how one-sided this drivel is. I especially like the parts where the author tries to cover their ass by basically saying “go ahead and say BLM is racist too (bc they are) bc they aren’t.” That’s like me really hating the fact that 1+2=3 and me, like a spoiled brat child, saying “1+1=5 whether you like it or not, no takebacks!” Seriously, what an attention craving little brat this author is. Where is their mommy? I’m going to let you bozos keep arguing about race and enjoy my life while hoping mother nature presses the reset button. Humans are a waste of consciousness.

  3. Can’t a guy get a giant asteroid, or a nuclear holocaust, or a fucking alien extermination. At least a bunch of giant volcano eruptions and tidal waves. Anything to just end ALL humanity. If there were proof of another super-“intelligent” lifeform in the universe, embarrassed would be a vast understatement of how I feel being human. It has become painfully obvious that there is no hope for us. I hare every one of you on this thread, regardless of your opinion. I hope you all die right now. If this is the kind of stuff we are always going to fight over, then please, if there is a god, just end this world now.

  4. I agree racism is bad, I condemn all bigotry and hatred and violence. However you’re wrong about the crime rates. FBI table 43. Scroll on down to the violent crime section. You’ll notice White people make up 43.7% of violent crime. Black people make up 31% of violent crime. Hispanics make up 23.3% of violent crime. Asians, Indians, and Pacific Islanders all together make up the remaining 2% of violent crime. All things being equal, and assuming all races commit crimes at equal rates, that means white people should make up 43% of the population, black people should make up 31%, Hispanics 23%, and the rest 2%. Now let’s take a look at the actual demographics: White 63.7%, black 12.2%, Hispanic 16.3%, all others 7.7%. Specifically looking at raw murder numbers we see black people actually commit more murder than white people, 15% more murders actually. Looking at all other crime, black people are the only ones committing a disproportionate amount of crime compared to their population make up. 12% of the population, 28% of all crime. Hispanics meet their expectation, 16% of population, 16% of the crime, and all other races commit less crime than their expectation.

    There is no place in this world for hatred and bigotry, I have friends of all races, we need to be spreading love. You’re a hypocrite if you’re trying to hate and be violent towards the racist. Not only that, but you are literally fueling their rage and proving their point. It’s real easy to change the heart of a racist. Buy them a beer, compliment them, be kind. It’s ok to not like things, but you don’t have to be a dick about it.

    • I know this is a little off topic but just from your comment made me think of this great article by the way. I didn’t vote for Hillary because she was a women it was Bc I didn’t believe anything she said! I would of voted for Judge Judy 👩‍⚖️
      Execept black American make up only 13% of pop. And there crime is 31% so more then 50% of blacks are violent criminal when u compare to whites in America. And the good decent black Americans know it so until they can stand up and say hey we don’t want gangsters and gangs what can anyone do

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  7. Wow. I happen to think that Hitler was a monster and his followers were are too. That is my core belief and yes, I can get astoundingly emotional about my belief. However, emotion will not solve this conflict, it merely fuels our negative action toward each other. Shouting obscenities, name-calling, gathering together of people with similar beliefs, leading to…fights? War? Is this what we want? “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” “We will not have to wage war against America, it will rot from the inside and fall into our hands.” So what is the answer? I am not a seer, guru, or prophet. I do believe it does involve God. Not each side claiming God is on THEIR side. Each side submitting to a much wiser and capable judge than we can find on earth.

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  9. soooooo let me get this Straight… because the Asshole People have stupid f-ing thoughts and ideals on how they think the world aught to be… They deserve to be protested against… and hit.. they are wrong but so are the ones who countered with violence. Just because someone is wearing a “Trump” hat or shirt or other apparel doesn’t mean HE started it. I get it.. Racism Fucking sucks and needs to find an end… but rights are rights… and you cant tell me that ONE asshole (who gets in his car and kills) represents all Trump supporters and ONE asshole (who kills 5 cops) doesn’t represent all BLM supporters. That was just as much of a TERRORIST attack as any other. I am a WHITE- HISPANIC male that thinks that Illegal immigrants broke the law and deserve to be handled appropriately as well as the COP who draws HIS or HER gun before it warrants deserves to be handled appropriately.

  10. God I wish these young ideologues would get some damn life experience and humility before they write. I can’t doubt their sincerity because I don’t truly know them personally but God the pontificating and hubris from someone who was probably 15 seven years ago. What the hell could they possibly know.? And how in the hell is Trump a white supremacist? One credible example please. I’m sorry but anyone who makes the case for Trump being racist is writing drivel. Read some damn history kid

  11. Great, thoughtful piece. This situation with actual Nazi supporters being handled so carefully by the President is so upsetting to me. I can’t believe this is the US in 2017. Seems like a bad dream.

  12. I PRAY TO ALL GODS THAT ALL PEOPLE SHALL KNOW AND SHOW COMPASSION AND LOVE. IF IT TAKES ALIEN INTERVENTION, SO BE IT. NANU, NANU!

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  15. I wasn’t really paying attention to the news this past weekend, Canadian news seems to be pretty slow on the weekend. I thought it was a joke when I heard what happened- could people really be promoting Nazism in 2017? Somehow, yes. And somehow, people think that’s okay. The world makes me sad.

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