My heart continues to hurt for the loss of life yesterday in Charlottesville. However, at the same time, I had a gut feeling early on that it was going to end up bad. The Unite the Right showed up ready for battle. They had weapons and shields, they were prepared to fight. One might conclude they were looking for a fight.
As a country, we need to make a call to end the violence! All Violence! When the women marched on Washington they didn’t bring weapons to a peaceful protest. We need to start thinking with logic and intelligence. Emotion is an easy natural reaction but it’s not always right.
Trump’s lame attempt at making a statement on this incident is appalling for an American President. I’m glad to see that other elected officials from both parties are taking strong stands with their public statements. We need to call a spade a spade and this is homegrown terrorism. As a country, we should be united in sending the message that we will not tolerate hatred of this magnitude.
I’m appalled by how many still want to ignore and deny racism is alive and well in America. I’m appalled how many are silently standing by and not condemning these acts as un American and more importantly in the south unChristian.
I’m sure I will lose friends and readers over this public statement but I must be true to my beliefs and that means standing up and speaking out for all social injustice. I will not sit silent and let my country be stolen by racist bigots.
I stand with Charlottesville!