On most days, I try to stay focused on the positive here when it comes to politics: The advancements on Bob Mueller’s Russian probe; the division among Republicans; Trump’s stalled legislative agenda; the firings; the chaos; the many, many fuck-ups of our President.
But while the President has been neutered in some ways, there’s still plenty to fear. He’s taking steps to destroy our environment; he’s rounding up immigrants by the thousands and deporting them; he’s playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship with an insane man, and he’s given both voice and power to men like Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon, and Sebastian Gorka, and he’s re-activated white supremacy in this country. To be sure, it’s never gone away in America, but Donald Trump has given the Nazis cover. They’re brazen and emboldened, and this weekend in Charlottesville, they gathered together to «Unite the Right/White.»
It was ugly and it was hateful.
And it’s not just old white rednecks; it’s young people, too.
And it’s not exactly a peaceful gathering, either.
And this shit is terrifying. These white supremacists are carrying goddamn semi-automatic rifles.
And make no mistake: These people believe that Donald Trump represents their values.
So this is where we’re at now in America. For white people, this is on us. This is our mess to sort out. These are our people exhibiting hate. This is our problem.
Yeah, but we’re not hateful, racist assholes. What can we do?
For starters, acknowledge the problem, and don’t try and insist that these people do not reflect America, Chris Cillizza. Donald Trump is our President; of course, these values represent part of America.
Don’t make jokes. Don’t normalize.
If there are opportunities to counter-protest in your area, show up.
If you have it in you, be brave:
Stand up to those around you who might sympathize with these people:
And maybe you’re like, «What’s a dumb Facebook post gonna do? We can’t fight this on Twitter!» That’s not as true as you might think. Social media has given these people a platform for their hatred. We can disrupt it. Don’t give them any reason to believe they have an ally in you. You can’t «ignore the trolls» anymore, because the trolls are organizing, and they’re carrying weapons, and clearly, «ignoring the trolls» hasn’t gotten us anywhere but here.
So stand up to them even on social media. Go out and protest. Rail at your co-workers, family members, acquaintances. Call them out. Tell your employers. Withhold your children from their grandparents, if you have to. Do not fucking put up with these people.
In the meantime, the Virginia governor has declared a state of emergency after violence breaks out.
No word yet from the President, although his wife has at least addressed this.
Trump got what we wanted: We’re back in the 1950s again.