Like many, I am still staggering from the fact that the President of the United States blamed “both sides” of the recent Charlottesville white supremacy rally and subsequent attack without openly condemning the white nationalists, let alone doing anything about their actions.
Newsweek just ran an article that “White Nationalism is Now ‘State-Sanctioned’ Under Donald Trump, Experts Say,” which included this video:
These “both sides” comments come from the same president who has made obliterating Muslim terrorists one of his primary calling cards.
My question is, what’s the difference? You have a group of Muslim extremists who think being their version of Muslim is superior to all else, and they’ll kill you if you disagree. You have a group of white extremists who think being white is superior to all else, and now, as of August 12th when a grey Dodge Charger rammed into a group of anti-racists, killing one and with intent to kill many more, they will also kill you if you disagree.
And of course, August 12th, 2017 is not the first time white nationalists have killed. Let alone the many years of slavery, beatings, and lynchings that formed our country, one only has to go back as far as 2015 for another contemporary front page story like Charlottesville. On June 17, 2015, Dylann Roof walked into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 black people in cold blood.
The Muslim terrorists who bombed the Boston Marathon were hunted, ready to be killed on sight. Dylann Roof on the other hand was escorted by police who put a bullet proof vest on him. Dylann Roof was never called a terrorist, he was called mentally ill.
In Charlottesville, five white nationalists beat a black man within an inch of his life and none of them have been arrested. You can read much more about this here, from Shaun King, and learn what you can do to help. Can you imagine if 5 black guys did this to a white guy? I’d bet a lot of money you wouldn’t have 5 black men walking around, not having been arrested, that’s for sure.
Trump condemns Islamic terrorism with more vitriol than any could think imaginable, mentioning this week a myth about a group of Muslims that were killed by bullets dipped in pig’s-blood by an American General as a way of stopping terrorism, and has made it his calling card that he aims to blow Islamic terrorists off the face of the earth.
Why wouldn’t he say that in cases of Islamic terror, both sides are at fault? Certainly this would apply to the Paris terrorist attacks that were egged on by disrespectful, satirical cartoons of the prophet Muhammad in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. You could look at almost every Islamic terrorist attack to date and find something the victims did to bring on the attack, but no speech has ever been given that those attacked were equally at fault with the terrorists!
That only happens when the terrorist is white.
It is dumbfounding to me that our white privilege extends as far as to terrorists.
Meanwhile, there are white people who are lobbying to formally recognize Black Lives Matter an official terrorist organization.
It seems having white skin makes you exempt from the terrorist label, while the Huffington Post points out the majority of US domestic terrorism acts are done by white people who are not Muslim. Why aren’t we passing bills to keep them out of our country???? White extremists are possibly the most terrifying people on the planet.
The whole conversation around “terrorism” is incredibly racist.
It is so easy as a white person to just coast through life, not ever thinking about these things. When I pause and think about it, I would be terrified to be a person of color living in our country today, especially since Trump took office. There were certainly white terrorists around before Trump (like Dylann Roof), but white supremacy and white nationalism have been fanned into flame like I’ve never seen before in my lifetime by the Trump campaign. Whether this was intentional or unintentional by Trump is not the point, the point is his campaign and rhetoric have been very intentional, and they have woken up the Alt-Right, the KKK, the Nazis, and all forms of white nationalism. These groups see a green light and they are taking it.
Who are these people who show up for white nationalist rallies? They don’t just come out of the woodwork. These are regular people who hold regular jobs. They are your co-workers. Some of them are in the military, some of them are police officers.
Did I mention I would be terrified to be a person of color living in America today, especially as a husband and a father?
I barely know how to respond to this except to pray, lament, and mourn. I feel so feeble crying out from my little blog, hoping it makes some shred of difference.
White nationalists are terrorists living under our very noses. How sad it is that this is okay and accepted by the White House and so many other Americans. I praise the many Republican politicians who are publicly stepping up since the Charlottesville tragedy to denounce white nationalism and to call out Trump by name for the awful direction he is leading our country in surrounding this issue. It is not an easy thing to stand up to your own party in a day and age when towing the party line seems to be the only thing that is rewarded.