No Room for Hate....
I am deeply saddened by the turn of events Friday night and Saturday, August 11th and 12th, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. To the chagrin of (I think) most Americans, racism and bigotry persists and has lifted their ugly heads, again.
Charlottesville’s City Council voted to remove a Confederate Statue of Robert E. Lee from a central location of the city. Furious about this decision, a white supremacist, Neo-Nazi, anti-semitic group called “Alt-Right” organized a protest at the University of Virginia.
Sadly, according to reports, most of the protestors were young people!
The protest and squirmish this past weekend in Charlottesville was reminiscent of both Jim Crow and the Civil War. Images of a homegrown terrorist militia group, angry protestors, and a sound bite from former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, promising to “take our country back” is not only embarrassing for the nation but also disappointing and disheartening.
Americans certainly have the right to peaceful protest. But, deeper than a “right;” purpose matters. Protests for the purpose of awakening historical pain related to bigotry and hate wags a finger in the face of 50 years of progress. Indeed, there has been an earthquake in the country’s spirituality. Morality is surely sinking into its cleavage. Click here to read more