America, America, God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From Sea to shining sea.
A loose conglomeration of like-minded Americans last week connected through social media and converged in Charlottesville and staged a shocking picture of bigotry gone wild. The violence that erupted when white nationalist chanting anti-Semitic and other neo-Nazi racist slogans, waving both the confederate and Nazi flags, down the streets of Charlottesville in Virginia. They were met by an opposing group, made up of white and black members of the community; and the mayhem erupted that left one young women dead (when one white nationalist drove his car into the crowd, that also injured 19 others), and two policemen who were killed when their helicopter monitoring the protests, crashed.
The white nationalist drove from South Carolina, a self-described patriot trekking from Tennessee, a college student espousing white pride flew in from Nevada and many other white nationalist American, continued to paint a picture of the hearts of some Americans.
What’s going on America? The world watched, as the world’s biggest democracy spiraled into hateful racial bigotry and mayhem as white supremacists and anti-racists protesters went on a collision course with tragic consequences.
“We want our country back,” some of them chanted angrily into cameras. The masks of bigotry, literally have been removed and racially-biased Americans, not in the numbers of the Women’s march or the against the Muslim immigration ban, however the message is clear: there are Americans out there that are enraged and willing to show that rage. Peter Cvjetanovic, a 20-year-old student at the University of Nevada, Reno, said he flew to Virginia, “to honor and respect white heritage in all its good and all its bad.”
On Friday morning, Doc Smith, 50 years old, who sells beef jerky in Clarksville, Tennessee, patriot group called the Hiwaymen, and has traveled the country to protest the removal of Confederate monuments, last week climbed into his pickup truck and drove for the nine-hours to Virginia. His return home on Sunday, his Facebook page is a story line of videos and updates from Charlottesville.
“Watch the movement explode behind what happened in Charlottesville,” he said. “The next time we come back, there may be thousands.”
This is arising against a backdrop of US President Trump’s loud and persistent remarks on immigrants, Muslims, and media bias, which leaves such groups as the white nationalists feeling emboldened. An avid Twitter participant, President Trumps twitter finger was silent for an entire 24 hours following the death of Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old paralegal who was killed by a white supremacist protester, his silence was missed by a following that are daily shocked by the Twitter fan at the White House.
Critics rose from Republicans and Democrats when President Trump did not immediately condemn the white supremacists for the Charlottesville violence, instead at first blaming “many sides.” Several chief executives have since resigned from a manufacturing-advisory council to the Trump administration in an apparent protest of his failure to speak out more quickly. President Trumps reaction was first to criticize the CEOs and by Wednesday, it was announced the manufacturing-advisory council was being disbanded.
On Monday, Mr. Trump singled out white-nationalist groups by name for condemnation. On Tuesday, however the President backtracked, and again said that he blamed “both sides” for the violence and defended those who showed up to protest the removal of the Lee statue. Most American must have been wide-eyed as President Trump went to great lengths to hypothetically ask “what next” What if they remove the statue of Jefferson, or George Washington.’ According to Mr. Trump, these former presidents owned slaves and have monuments all over the United States.
In President Trump shocking press conference on Monday, he said that the alt-right rally last Friday night in Charlottesville, Virginia, (in which torch-carrying protesters chanted the white supremacist motto “blood and soil” and shouted “Jews will not replace us”) involved “some very fine people.” He then accused the anti-racist counter protesters of being as culpable as the white supremacists in the Charlottesville violence. This is the violence that led to one white supremacist intentionally driving his car that killed counter protester Heather Meyer.
It is this stand by the president of the United States that has empowered the white supremacist, and caused David Duke (a known Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan high-level) to applaud Mr. Trump.
Duke’s immediate tweet says: Thank you President Trump for your honesty & courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville & condemn the leftist terrorists in BLM/Antifa.
Former President George H.W. Bush and his son, former President George W. Bush, issued a joint statement on Wednesday condemning the violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., saying America must reject “hatred in all forms.”
Although the two former president’s statement did not mention President Trump, but it pointedly stated that the nation must reject racial bigotry and anti-Semitism.
“America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms,” the two former presidents said in the statement.
“As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental truths recorded by that city’s most prominent citizen in the Declaration of Independence: (We hold these truths to be self-evident) we are all created and endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights,” the former presidents said, referring to Thomas Jefferson’s famous opening lines in the Declaration of Independence.
Former President Thomas Jefferson, founded the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 1819.
“We know these truths to be everlasting because we have seen the decency and greatness of our country,” the Bush statement concluded.
The statement follows President Obama’s earlier tweet in the aftermath of the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Obama’s tweet became the most-liked tweet in Twitter’s history. In the tweet, America’s famous former president tweeted: No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela. — Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017.
Posted in the wake of Mr. Trump refusal to unilaterally condemn the Charlottesville white supremacist march, the tweet from Barack Obama asking for tolerance and peace, has become the most popular one on the platform. The first tweet was ‘liked’ more than 2.3 million times on Monday evening, with over six million interactions in total for the three tweets.
And as Vice President Pence on Wednesday cut short his South America visit, he said he stood by President Trump despite the criticism for his remarks blaming the Charlottesville violence on “both sides.”
“What happened in Charlottesville was a tragedy, and the president has been clear on this tragedy and so have I,” Pence told reporters on Wednesday. “I spoke at length about this heartbreaking situation on Sunday night in Colombia, and I stand with the president and I stand by those words.”
America, land of the bold and free, the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, is not the song songwriter envisaged in prayer America, America, God shed his grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea.
All around the world, we know and we expect America, led by a president that respects the rights of every persons, marshalling the diverse peoples of these United States, to be champions of, and remain champions of democratic freedoms.