Last week, hundreds of white nationalists, “alt-righters”, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia to participate at the “Unite the Right” rally. These rallies led to the death of three people – two police officers and one protester.
Somehow our nation’s leader couldn’t find it in his heart to immediately denounce Nazis. Instead, he delivered a number of shifting responses throughout the week. He first condemned violence “on many sides”, then called out white supremacist groups, and shifted back to “both sides”. Apparently, he is ambivalent about drawing a clear line between himself and groups with racist ideas. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -Maya Angelou
Typically we stay away from politics here at getemhigh.com, but in extreme times like this, it becomes the responsibility of anyone with an outlet to denounce the hateful, ignorant racists that call themselves the alt-right. As Matt Thompson wrote for The Atlantic, this white supremacist march and rally wasn’t a KKK rally: “It was a pride march.” They weren’t hiding their faces, instead, they looked straight into a sea of cameras and made a Nazi salute.”
Many people online are working together to identify and shame the people participating in the rally. Most prominently the Twitter account @YesYoureRacist. So far, at least one protester is no longer employed after being publicly named and shamed.
— Yes, You’re Racist (@YesYoureRacist) August 12, 2017
We encourage all of our readers to speak out against racism and hatred EVERY TIME you encounter it. In the words of the great leader Desmond Tutu “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” If you’re still on the fence and haven’t already spoken out against these people, do yourself a favor and watch this Vice documentary. Produced by HBO’s Vice News Tonight and hosted by journalist Elle Reeve, “Charlottesville: Race and Terror” shows that the white nationalists who came to Charlottesville did so in the pursuit of violence.
I think Jim Jeffiers gave the best analogy in response to Lady Gaga’s “This is not US” tweet. “If a doctor finds a cancer in my left testicle, I don’t say, ‘I don’t have cancer! My left testicle has cancer. That’s not me.’ But it is me! I may not like that part of me, but it’s me. I don’t blame my right testicle and claim there’s testicle problems on both sides. No, instead we cut that cancer out as quickly and as aggressively as possible, and hope it doesn’t come back.” -Jim Jeffiers
We love this great country and we’ll continue to fight bigotry and hatred. Stand up, speak out, and fuck Donald Trump! (word to YG)