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Fight Bigotry With Dialogue

Charlottesville Racist Protest

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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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  1. Reblogged this on Scotties Toy Box and commented:
    This post is well thought out and well written. I wish our elected officials and other government members on the news shows yesterday and all morning today were as clear and open. This is terrorism and our country doesn’t give in to it, and we don’t tolerate it, and we should never hide from dealing with it. The only thing I would add to this post is that when confronted by bigots and supremacists if we are silent, that silence is counted by them as support for their position. So whenever possible let them know you do not agree with them and don’t support their views. Be well, be safe. Hugs

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  2. It is also just as likely that the Nazis and other assorted punks did not start the fighting: We’ll never know. There were hundreds of skirmishes this weekend and a thousand or more “perspectives” on who started it. We do know that the left has also shown a taste for violence. I condemn them all.
    Scottie is not entirely right. Silence, nonviolence and a deaf ear in the face of Nazi/Skinhead/White Supremacists…all that would have been better than fists. Why do we all risk violence by assuming “counterprotesting” is the best method. I’m all red-blooded Republican conservative, but if the left had held their protest this coming weekend, I’d have joined you.

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  3. Thanks for commenting, Dave. We do not know who started the fights (probably a mix of both sides). However, we do know what both sides fought for. I agree violence is never the answer. I also question the value of “counter-protesting”. It’s definitely guaranteed by our 1st Amendment. The manner in which one “counter-protests” is a large factor in its effectiveness. It’s obviously not effective to counter a protest with violence. Everyone wants to be heard, so we should listen. I hope to see you comment here more often and have real discussions as we appear to be on different sides of the political spectrum.

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  4. “We must engage these people in dialogue, even when they spit and scream…Respect people’s right to speak, and do not forget to condemn hate every form.” Such true words brother. I have realized in all my experiences that dialoguing is one of the best ways to bring about change. Once we start speaking, once we start being honest without any impure motives, things start to move. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Daniel,
    I encourage the debate and protests from the left — especially safe and non-violent ones. A much stronger message from the left would have come a day after a peaceful protest by Nazis. So, the KKK and their nasty ilk could have brought a couple of hundred freaks to Charlottesville…marched and left. The next day, or the next week, there would be thousands opposing their message. (BY the way, didn’t everybody think the KKK and similar folk would bring MORE to Charlottesville? I live in the southeast and you really can’t judge the KKK by the rebel flags on trucks. Lots of those dudes in the pickups w/Confederate flags are actually listening to rap, and dating pretty hispanic girls.)

    I know you didn’t listen, so I’ll mention that Sean Hannity had a UK Muslim author with a connection to Breitbart on. There were on the conservative radio show an Irish Catholic and a self described “brown skinned Muslim…” So many of us on the right would be repudiated by the KKK and Co., even if we hadn’t already repudiated them.

    My fear is that progressive counter protesters judge the right side of the spectrum by the KKK and Nazis. There are inspired and violent protesters on your side in Berkeley, and now Charlottesville. They feel they are taking the high road, but are just hoping to shut down political talk they hate. Oh yes, the KKK and their clowns would do the same, but theirs is a dead movement, run by losers.

    Stay safe.

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    • Counter protests do seem counter protective at times. Their effectiveness has a lot to do with the manner in which they protest. I also agree that those on the right get unfairly lumped in with racists and hate groups. Perhaps, this is because of people on the right who dog whistle to racists and others who refuse to fully condemn hate groups.

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