Our view: It should be easy to denounce Nazis
Racists had come to Charlottesville to protest the removal of Confederate statues. One decided to drive his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, resulting on the death of Heather Hayer and injuries to at least 19 others.
The Four Corners group, many of them Rights & Democracy Bennington members, carried signs that read, "Black Lives Matter," "Resist Fascism," and, "Make American Think Again." Passing drivers honked their horns in support. We took a photo of the gathering and posted it to our Facebook page where reactions were mixed and saddening.
"All lives matter," remarked one poster. A phrase you probably won't hear much in a few weeks when it comes time to remember those we lost on Sept. 11., 2001.
"Well at less (sic) They (Sic) have a little brain to stay on the sidewalks," posted another.
"Believe it or not ... Racism is on both sides ... the only way to stop the hate is in the mirror ... if you can not stop the hate in your heart ... there will never be unity," said a poster.
One person posted a meme indicating that BLM and the Klu Klux Klan both use racism to forward their cause.
For the record, the KKK's cause is racism. BLM formed as a response to racism, specifically the killings of black people by police. There's a big difference between BLM and the KKK.
Those who think otherwise really need to lay off reading fake news sites. One of the driving factors behind this nation's division is that the beliefs of some conservatives are being bolstered by false information. The best example so far has been the "Pizzagate Shooter," a man who was so convinced by right-wing conspiracy nuts that a D.C. pizza shop was a front for a Democrat sponsored child sex ring that he fired a gun inside the restaurant as part of some inane "investigation."
While a few people on our Facebook page rightly condemned actual racism and the actual racists promoting it, many posters seemingly tried to dampen or dilute conversation about the real problem here, that being systematic racism, established bigotry, and the emboldenment of white nationalists.
The people in Virginia who rallied in support of the Confederate monuments (which are endorsements, not history lessons) don't believe all men are created equal. They don't believe that we all have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. While it's not okay to inflict violence upon them, when one of them drives a car into a crowd of people and kills somebody, it shouldn't be hard to identify what's bad here and call it out.
What could have been a real unifying moment for this nation, a chance for all our community and others to stand together and condemn racism, hatred, the Klan, and Nazis, for some became just another opportunity to smear liberals.
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