I’d like your thoughts opinions, please, as I’m a bit baffled and conflicted by it all. In no particular order, I’d again wondered about the equivalent of “what if they gave a war…and nobody came…” As in: did the neo-Nazis and Klanspeople even deserve a response by various antifa groups…or might have been preferable to not give any energy to such racist barbarians? In the past, various Klan marches were simply given wide birth, which took the air plum out of their sails. Wish I could remember where those events occurred in that fashion, but…I cannot. Skokie may have been one, as there are loads of David Duke acolytes there, or were. Poking about some hashtags, including #CharltottesvilleKKK, I found this (albeit ‘decent’ whites was a strange word choice and she’s white, never heard of her.):
Is it my white privilege talking, and did the ‘thousands of white nationalists’ (according to some accounts) need to be confronted so directly? Had I been black, and nearby in a state steeped in racism, would I have been there?
By the by, the NY Daily News has a photo gallery up with captions, including one in which the Nazi prick (whatever his ‘legion’ call themselves: Vanguard?) drove through the crowd, and left bodies hurling through the air…with his white supremacist allies with their shields.
And left one young paralegal dead. I’m sure the woman has her own dreaded hashtag now, and the antifa movement has its first martyr, tragically, but goddammit, she’s become a political football already, of course. One said that Heather Heyer was a Bernista! Jeebus. May she rest in peace and power.
Aside from Herr Drumpf having condemned the ‘egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides’, the stoopidest Tweet I’d seen from the political class was this:
But likely there were others… Most on both sides of the aisle called the murder and injuries of 19 others by car ‘domestic terrorism’.
Mr. wd and I’d been discussing some of the ramifications of the event, including the advisability of ‘showing up for the war’, and I’d reckoned the antifas considered themselves heroes. Just as I was shutting down my laptop for the night, he said he was quite sure that he’d spotted my favorite black prophetic gospel preacher in a photo at the Guardian. And he was right; I went to his Twitter account and found he’d re-Tweeted this:
It’s been announced that Chicago will hold a solidarity event tonight, and goddess knows there must be a lot of white supremacists/anti-semites there.
Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer blames President Trump for running the sort of campaign he ran, and reports had it that many of the ‘United Front’ fascists held signs with his mottoes on them. There are also many who are claiming that the police didn’t even try to stop the violence until Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared the city in ‘a state of emergency.
As for the statue of Robert E. Lee in the park that these fuquewads were allegedly defending, how will it be removed now, or will it? Could it have been taken down in the dark of night earlier on? I did see a headline t the effect that the governor of Kentucky said he’ll hurry and take down their offensive Confederate statues right away. [Update]: as it turns out, a judge ruled that it couldn’t be taken down for six months after the April vote by the Charlotte City Council vote to remove it.
But I’d sure appreciate knowing what you’ve been thinking/musing about all of this. Including: would you have gone had it been possible, or to the one in Chi-town?
John Mellencamp painted this; his artistic version of ‘Strange Fruit’; what a soulful creative genius he is.