I believe in free speech. That applies to people I disagree with, no matter how vehemently. I believe that everyone has a right to express their opinions, no matter how grotesque they may be. I respect the right to assembly no matter how much I abhor the people that assemble. That being said, last night’s Charlottesville protest was disgusting. A group of vocal, actual white supremacists gathered on UVa’s grounds, shouting racially charged chants like “white lives matter,” “you will not replace us,” and most damningly, “blood and soil” – an actual, literal nazi credo derived from the German “blut and boden.”
The protesters in Charlottesville very obviously and intentionally invoked blatant Klansmen imagery by carrying lit torches and yelling about race, and as a black woman who’s mother is from Georgia, I couldn’t help but be revolted. Yes, I was semi-entertained by the fact that they were carrying Party City tiki torches. But we’re so used to “bigotry” being exaggerated and fabricated where it doesn’t exist that we forget that it’s actually out there, and what it actually looks like. We’re so used to hate crime hoaxes and the overuse of buzzwords that we’ve forgotten the other side of the story. The left has cried wolf so many times on bigotry that we’ve gone deaf, and now we have no idea what to do about the ravenous monster in our yard.
If your default reaction to this display is to bring up Black Lives Matter riots, I question both your integrity and intelligence. I spoke out against irresponsible losers with victim mentalities then, and I continue to do so now. I remember arguing in circles with Facebook friends after sharing my scathing criticisms of the Baltimore riots, and people trying to justify what was happening with bullshit logic about riots being the language of the unheard, and asking how I would feel if my brother had been wrongfully shot by the police.
I felt no sympathy for the bottom feeders in Baltimore, and I feel no sympathy for the bottom feeders in Charlottesville. I’m well aware that the left’s embrace of identity politics and political correctness paved the way for the madness we saw last night, but blaming systemic whatever for why you’re publicly making an ass of yourself is no more valid of an excuse now than it was in Missouri or Charlotte or the nationwide riots that took place after Trump won. In the words of famed fictional character Miranda Priestley, the details of your incompetence do not interest me.
I don’t care about your feelings, and I don’t care about your rationale. Idiots are idiots and adults are adults. When there’s a viral story about a man that was wrongfully accused of rape, there’s always some feminist deflecting from the issue at hand and bringing up some statistic about how only .3% of rape allegations are false. When fathers are denied custody rights to their children by spiteful mothers, there’s always some feminist arguing that this is an example of the oppression of women because they’re pressured into the role of care giver. If your first instinct when white people behave like pea brained neanderthals is to deflect to black peoples behaving like pea brained neanderthals, you’re not interested in truth, and you’re no better than the feminists that argue against legitimate issues with selfish convoluted logic.
To be brutally honest, as a black Trump supporter I’m particularly annoyed because I feel like I’m expected to answer for this behavior, and justify my support of our president when lowlives like the ones in Charlottesville support him too. If my blog was still hosted on Tumblr, I can only imagine the kind of anonymous questions I’d be receiving right now from smug liberals that thought they’d “told me so.”
I’d like to say first and foremost that I don’t owe anyone an explanation, but that I will debunk the idea that racists supporting Trump makes him or his policies racist by default.
Two people can come to the same conclusions with very different logic and very different motivators. Look at the gun argument.
This is an excerpt from one of my favorite National Review articles:
In 1933, the ultimate extremist group, led by Adolf Hitler, seized power and used the records to identify, disarm, and attack political opponents and Jews. Constitutional rights were suspended, and mass searches for and seizures of guns and dissident publications ensued. Police revoked gun licenses of Social Democrats and others who were not “politically reliable.”
Should people that want gun control be compared to the most notorious extremists? Should we assume that they’re planning a massive politically motivated coup of the government in which they will execute millions? Or should we look at terrorism? Should we look at the money and support Hillary Clinton received from countries often hostile to the US with corrupt governments and high terrorist activity? Should we look at the Pulse Nightclub shooter’s father attending one of Hillary Clinton’s rallies? Does that mean that everyone that voted for her hates gays and sympathizes with terrorists? No? Or should we just flip one of Trump’s policies on its head? Should we assume that anyone that opposes Trump’s wall is okay with the devastating influx of dangerous opioids from our southern border as cartels try to compete in an economy where marijuana is practically legal? Should we assume they don’t care about the havoc that the drug industry has wreaked on innocent Mexican citizens?
I’m not going to try to to virtue signal or guilt trip anyone into doing anything about what’s happened in Charlottesville, but I will say this: if you’d have something to say if Black Lives Matter was marching with torches, shouting radical racial chants but have nothing to say about this you’re a hypocrite, and are probably wasting space in the political sphere.