This Isn’t Politics

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It’s been 152 years since the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified ending slavery, approximately 50 years since the end of the civil rights movement, and 73 years since D-Day and the defeat of Hitler. We all hope that time heals wounds, and that we learn from our mistakes and to never let the tragedies of history repeat themselves.

On August 12, 2017 hundreds of Nazis, Klan Members, White Supremacists and other various hate group members all gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia marching proudly and openly, without fear.

Lets examine how the rally came to be:

Jason Kessler, a white nationalist blogger, states he organized the demonstration to protest against the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee. Who is Jason Kessler?

Jason Kessler is the creator and president of a group called Unity and Security for America, which is a “grassroots organization” mean to “protect Western Civilization”. If you weren’t sure let me spell it out – this is a White Supremacist Group. Jason is also a member of The Proud Boys, which seems to be a chauvinistic white boy supremacist frat. A little digging also reveals they have partnered with the “Alt-Knights” which I will discuss in more detail below. What’s the proud boys motto? “[U]napologetically rowdy and pro-Trump, the Proud Boys operate under the credo that “the West is the best.” The frat also has a uniform: a black Fred Perry polo shirt with yellow stripes. Not that this isn’t lame on its own but this is a strikingly similar outfit of choice popular among skinheads. Coincidence? You decide. Finally, (but not exclusively of all the things terrible) they have a catchphrase, “uhuru,” a slogan they cribbed from a video calling for reparations over slavery.”

The rally was meant to be gathering of several alt-right groups but apparently became fairly nazi saturant. Fan art for the rally promoting the event is below. DGmk2L_XkAAmABy.jpg

According to the Charlottesville police affidavit put out before the rally, planned attendees included the Klan; the militia movement (a right-wing movement that gained traction in the 1990s, whose members include the activists who took over a federal nature reserve in early 2016); the “3%”, a right-wing anti-government movement; the Alt-Knights, an alt-right “fight club”; and others.

Source: https://www.vox.com/2017/8/12/16138246/charlottesville-nazi-rally-right-uva

So, how did this go from opposing the removal of a confederate statue (there is a difference between remembrance and memorializing….just look to Berlin (but I’ll save this for another time)) to being a full blown nazi gathering where innocent Heather Heyer was mowed down and murdered by a nazi sympathizer?

If you have read any articles about the “alt-right movement” or watched the news, the growth is a pretty good reflection of how much these groups are escalating as a whole. There exists, in the year 2017, groups of people who feel their “white identity” is being lost and are tired of “political correctness” and aren’t afraid to kill to protect their “white heritage”. There is no such thing as white culture or pan-European culture. White is a skin color. White people can trace their heritage to Irish, French, Swedish, etc. — seriously how do you think Ancestry.com is killing it? White is a skin color not a culture. Why is it different for black culture? Their culture was stolen from them when they were shipped across a continent to be sold as property.

So what do these hate groups that marched  in Charlottesville stand for and believe in?

Nazis: “Neo-Nazi groups share a hatred for Jews and a love for Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. While they also hate other minorities, gays and lesbians and even sometimes Christians, they perceive “the Jew” as their cardinal enemies” (Source in link)

In case you’ve forgotten, Nazis following nazism, under the lead of Adolf Hitler are responsible for the death of millions (not just Jews) during the Holocaust:

Number of Deaths During the Holocaust (Source: https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10008193)

Jews: up to 6 million

Soviet civilians: around 7 million (including 1.3 Soviet Jewish civilians, who are included in the 6 million figure for Jews)

Soviet prisoners of war: around 3 million (including about 50,000 Jewish soldiers)

Non-Jewish Polish civilians: around 1.8 million (including between 50,000 and 100,000 members of the Polish elites)

Serb civilians (on the territory of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina): 312,000

People with disabilities living in institutions: up to 250,000

Roma (Gypsies): 196,000–220,000

Jehovah’s Witnesses: around 1,900

Repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials: at least 70,000

German political opponents and resistance activists in Axis-occupied territory: undetermined

Homosexuals: hundreds, possibly thousands (possibly also counted in part under the 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials noted above)

Groups of torch bearing nazis at the Charlottesville rally can be heard chanting “Jews will not replace us”.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/16/charlottesville-neo-nazis-vice-news-hbo

 The Klan : “The Ku Klux Klan, with its long history of violence, is the most infamous — and oldest — of American hate groups. Although black Americans have typically been the Klan’s primary target, it also has attacked Jews, immigrants, gays and lesbians and, until recently, Catholics.”

This is directly from their Platform page:

  • Recognize that America was founded as a White nation. America was born as an extension of White European heritage. Those who formed the very ideals that we cherish such as freedom of speech, trial by jury, innocent until proven guilty, free enterprise, etc. were of White European heritage. All of the early laws of the United States from its very inception restricted citizenship to White people and all of the early charters, laws, compacts, etc were signed into effect by White people.

The KKK Grand Dragon in NC is quoted as “being glad” Heather Myer was murdered in Charlottesville. And I’m even quoting Fox News here.

Alt-Knights: “A new fight-club “fraternity” of young white, pro-Trump men is being formed, its organizers claim, to defend free-speech rights by “Alt-Right” leaders and engage in street fighting.” (Source in link)

This is the group I mentioned above that has joined up with its supremacist frat counterpart, to be the fighting arm of the alt-right. Apparently the group sounds like a Nazi Fight club where initiation includes being beaten to a pulp until you can rattle off several names of cereal brands. They also make clear they are ready to bring the fight.

The Militia Movement:  “The militia movement is a relatively new right-wing extremist movement consisting of armed paramilitary groups, both formal and informal, with an anti-government, conspiracy-oriented ideology. Militia groups began to form not long after the deadly standoff at Waco, Texas, in 1993; by the spring of 1995, they had spread to almost every state. Many members of militia groups have been arrested since then, usually on weapons, explosives and conspiracy charges. Although the militia movement has declined in strength from its peak in early 1996, it remains an active movement, especially in the Midwest, and continues to cause a number of problems for law enforcement and the communities in which militia groups are active.” (Source in link)

Fully armed militia composed of private citizens were present on Saturday in Charlottesville dressed in camo head to toe. The militia are the same group who seized Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, Oregon last year. 

The Three Percenters: “The Three Percenters, formed in late 2008, are a loosely organized movement centered around an obscure, and not particularly accurate, Revolutionary War “statistic” that claimed that only 3% of the American population during the Revolutionary War participated as combatants in the war.  The group asserts that they are a modern counterpart to that mythical 3% of American Revolutionary-era patriots and also represent the three percent of the population of American gun owners “who will not disarm.”  ”

On Saturday while the klan and nazis were marching in Charlottesville, Jerry Drake Varnell, 23, of Sayre, Oklahoma, a self proclaimed member of the three percenters was arrested for attempting to detonate a bomb in hatred of the government and admiration of Timothy Mc­Veigh.  

Not surprisingly, there were counter protesters to the “Unite the Right”.

As a moral human being it should be painfully obvious that no decent person wants to see or support a Nazi or KKK rally, and that LOUD opposition should be expected. Racism and hate cannot be ignored. We fought a WAR against the Nazis so why would we be happy to stand by and to see them walking down our streets?

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. 

Martin Niemöller

This is not an issue of being republican or democrat. It’s not liberal to be anti-racist, just like its not conservative to be racist. Racism and Nazism are MORAL stances not political ones.

When you do not clearly denounce these groups and what they stand for, these are the types of sentiments you support (slogans, chants and quotes from Charlottesville Rally). Understand that there are upsetting sentiments and abhorrent language used below. I will not censor it because no one censored them. If it upsets you to read the below statements, good, you’re getting it. Say something.

  1. “blood and soil” (“Blood and soil” was a phrase commonly used by the Nazis to hail their ideas about racial superiority and traditional rural life.)
  2. “one people, one nation, end immigration” as they carried burning torches through the university campus.
  3. “white lives matter”
  4. “Jews will not replace us”
  5. “Sieg heil” (Nazi Slogan)
  6. You sound like a n____r!”
  7. “nigger”
  8. “This city is run by Jewish communists and criminal niggers,” one demonstrator told Vice News’ Elspeth Reeve during their march
  9. “go the fuck back to Africa”
  10. The car attack by a Nazi sympathizer on counter-protesters, which killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, “was more than justified. The amount of restraint that our people showed out there, I think, was outstanding.”
  11. When the Trayvon Martin case happened, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and all these different things happened, every single case it’s some little black asshole behaving like a savage, and he gets himself in trouble, shockingly enough. Whatever problems I might have with my fellow white people, they generally are not inclined to such behavior — and, you know, you gotta kinda take that into consideration when you’re thinking about how to organize your society.”
  12. We’re not ‘nonviolent.’ We’ll fuckin’ kill these people if we have to.”

These are morally indefensible positions. There is nothing okay about throwing on a klan robe, or shooting up a nazi salute on a Saturday in the name of Free Speech. Permits don’t remove the hate and atrociousness from these positions. The rest of us don’t get to hide behind the Constitution’s 1st Amendment in failing to call out these cowardly monsters. We have a moral obligation to stand up to this pervasive evil.  All of us includes, most especially, our President, the leader of our nation.

The greater your influence, the greater your complicity if you don’t call the Charlottesville rally and attack what it really is: a heinous act of domestic terrorism entirely rooted in racial hatred.

– Pastor James McDonald

Our President at least owes us, and Heather Heyer, a straight forward condemnation of hate groups who find inspiration in a man who murdered millions.

And he hasn’t given us this. Currently, these groups feel emboldened by his messages. If you disagree or you aren’t sure, here it is from a primary hate source:

 “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.” – David Duke

https://www.vox.com/2017/8/12/16138358/charlottesville-protests-david-duke-kkk

Shortly after his remarks on Saturday, the white supremacist publication, the Daily Stormer, praised Trump:

Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us.

He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides!

So he implied the antifa are haters.

There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.

He said he loves us all.

Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him.

No condemnation at all.

When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room.

Really, really good.

God bless him.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/8/13/16140504/trump-charlottesville-white-supremacists

Former KKK leader David Duke and other hate group leaders have THANKED President Trump for his response to Charlottesville. This should be concerning.

 “… because of the manner in which you have handled the Charlottesville tragedy you are now receiving praise from some of the most racist and hate-filled individuals and groups in our country,” U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted to the president on Thursday.  “For the sake of our Nation — as our President — please fix this.”

It does not matter who you voted for.

I am NOT saying you’re a racist because you voted for Trump. I am NOT saying you’re a bad person because you voted for Trump. That’s not what I am saying at all.  I’m saying that if you don’t take issue with his inability to name white supremacists hate groups and to place blame for this past weekend squarely on their shoulders,  there’s a problem.  There are NO good nazis. There are NO good klan members. It doesn’t matter what political views you hold; there are not “many sides” here. The way I see it there’s only two: good and evil. One group gathered in the name of hate who make jokes about gas chambers online. The “other side” was there to oppose them. To equate them is preposterous. The only side that believes in eugenics and white pride is the same one that mowed down Heather Heyer. They are the white supremacists, nazis, and klan members and they deserve to be called out and identified for what they are. None of this should even be about Trump save the fact that he is President and refusing to condemn nazis. I can’t believe I just had to write that sentence.

If you are concerned about Freedom of Speech, then I urge you to now exercise yours as these monsters did theirs. I urge you to stand up and speak out against hate, bigotry, and intolerance, and call on the leaders of our Country to do the same. We must be better than this. Do not stand idly by and watch. Honestly, it shouldn’t be that hard to speak out against something so disturbing. If you need some motivation or guidance on how, see below.

We all deserve better and must do better.

Hate will not live here.

Credit: https://twitter.com/search?f=images&vertical=news&q=charlottesville&src=typd Marianne Rubin, 83 years old, photographed in .

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