The protests occurring in Charlottesville, Virginia, are disturbing and show our nation has a devision that needs to be addressed.
Yesterday Virginia’s governor, Terry McAuliffe, declared a state of emergency after a rally of supporters and counter-protesters became violent — throwing punches, pepper spraying each other, screaming and chanting — on Saturday morning.
The initial rally was ‘Unite the Right,’ and was being held to protest the removal of a confederate monument. A group of white supremacists decided they wanted to publicly oppose the removal of the historical monument.
Governor McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to aid state response to violence at Alt-Right rally in Charlottesville
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) August 12, 2017
— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) August 12, 2017
‘Unite the Right’ protesters showed up wearing militia uniforms, carrying shields and open carrying rifles.
— VA State Police (@VSPPIO) August 12, 2017
Apparently the assembly was unlawful, so the Virginia State Police tweeted that officers had made arrests.
Everyone has been ordered to leave the area. A haze of chemical agent lingers. pic.twitter.com/v4DuMRP7qB
— C-VILLE Weekly (@cvillenews_desk) August 12, 2017
Fox News reported, ‘City officials said the declaration allows them to request additional resources to respond to the clashes expected between hundreds of white supremacists and those opposing them.’
The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) August 12, 2017
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan tweeted: “The views fueling the spectacle in Charlottesville are repugnant. Let it only serve to unite Americans against this kind of vile bigotry.”
On Friday night fights between the opposing parties initiated, ‘after a judge cleared the way for the protest to continue as planned.’ Fox News said. Because the fights have not subsided, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has placed the National Guard on standby, in case they needed to be deployed, and encouraged locals to stay away from the scene.
The man behind the ‘pro-white’ rally is Jason Kessler. He is being described as a right-wing blogger. The event was organized to protest ‘Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park.’ Thousands of people are expected to attend.
Now, liberals are pointing the finger at Trump. Enter Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak. She wrote an article titled “Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them.”
Here is what she had to say:
President Trump lit every one of those torches in Charlottesville.
Yes, the white supremacists have always been with us. A parade of racist bigots is no surprise to anyone familiar with our history, especially those who have been the target of hatred and violence for centuries.
But when the mob of white men marched in Charlottesville carrying flaming torches Friday night shouting “Heil Trump” as the curtain-raiser for a day of violent clashes with counterprotesters that left three people dead, they showed the world that America is once again playing with fire.
And Trump was the one with the match.
The symbolism was not subtle. Torches, witch hunts, flaming crosses — they all stretch back to our country’s founding. All those white-power bros knew exactly the kind of fear they were trying to evoke, even if their tiki torches came from Home Depot’s end-of-the-season patio sale.
She wasn’t done there though. She goes on to try and frame Trump’s father being involved with the KKK because he failed to disperse a demonstration, like the one in Charlottesville according to her, and was arrested for it. Dvorak goes on to say:
Donald Trump gave everyone permission to take those hoods off with his winks, nods and refusal to take a moral stand on racial hatred and intimidation during his campaign and during the first six months of his presidency. He’d already spent years questioning the birthplace and legitimacy of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first black commander in chief. And the haters loved him for it.
On Saturday, the president stayed silent at his New Jersey golf club for hours, even as former KKK grand wizard David Duke declared Charlottesville a “turning point” for a movement that aims to “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.”
First, he offered a vague tweet condemning hatred without any explicit reference to the hundreds of men, some wearing red Make America Great Again hats, who chanted “White lives matter,” “You will not replace us” and “Jews will not replace us.”
Here is a white woman blaming Trump for racism. Now lets look at what Terrence Williams, a black man, has to say on the issue.
So whom is right in this case? Trump has already publicly condemned the protests, on both sides, that are occurring in VA.
Our president has NEVER promoted any violence towards one race of people. What he has done is worked to protect our nation from foreign threats, which some people interpret as racism.
Give us your thoughts on the issue below.