Charlottesville VA has been a gathering ground for racist bigots in the last two days. These scumbags came out from the depths of their ignorant holes to participate in the “Unite the Right” march (organized by a horrible man, Jason Kessler, to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee).
The First Amendment is a tough pill to swallow sometimes. Especially, when defending the free speech of bigots like Nazis, white nationalists, and KKK members. Nevertheless, they deserve the right to speak their minds (as long as they do not incite violence). And we have the right and duty to explain to them that they are ignorant racists fueled by hatred.
Those who marched proudly with Nazi flags and KKK garbs yesterday are not protesters, they are domestic terrorists. They use the threat of violence, and sometimes real violence, against their fellow citizens.
Our representatives and president rushed to make statements in an attempt to gain a sound bite on the 24/7 coverage of yesterday’s madness. Most condemned the violence, and many criticized President Trump for not issuing a tough enough statement. We should not argue semantics or who hates racism the most. We cannot simply condemn or ignore our fellow citizens.
We must engage these people in dialogue, even when they spit and scream. As they speak their minds, so should we. As cheesy and cliché as it sounds, we should follow the words of Michelle Obama,
“When they go low, we go high.”
Open your ears to those who are stubborn. Respond to ignorance with kindness, not violence. Respect people’s right to speak, and do not forget to condemn hate every form.
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