We, The People...
Torches. Tonight. Charlottesville. White supremacy. USA. 2017. A KKK-esque #SaveJacksonAndLee rally to instill fear with… none other than "alt-right" leader Richard Spencer.
… and they say Trump has no real world consequences.
Make no mistake: white supremacists gathering in Virginia with chants like "you will not replace us," "blood and soil" and "Russia is our friend" is an acutely terrifying, reprehensible act designed to intimidate minority populations and allies. The city's mayor rejected such intolerance in a strong, swift statement, but more must be done to protect the fundamental principles of this nation and all who live within the United States of America and beyond.
We, the people, must demand that policymakers take decisive action against discrimination and hate speech, that media stop normalizing the so-called "alt-right" (read: KKK without the hoods, neo-Nazis, racists, bigots, sexists, etc.) or its "dapper white nationalist" leader, that technology companies do not willingly become breeding grounds for these dark movements, that law enforcement respond appropriately (this is no 'peaceful' demonstration, and even those are met with disproportionate police presence and action when carried out by activist groups on the other end of the spectrum), that NGOs protect and defend the most vulnerable among us, that advocacy groups lobby on behalf of justice and human rights, and that citizens unite in power and love to eradicate hatred and bigotry online and off.
Here's my tweet: www.twitter.com/erinschrode/status/863599683817623553.
And below is Richard Spencer's sharing of that tweet, which has put me on blast with the neo-Nazis to an unfathomable degree once again (oh joy!), as well as two images from tonight's event.