I have sought wisdom in the words to honestly express my state of mind, feelings, fears and findings regarding the acts of violence against our fellow human beings and countrymen. I am shocked, sickened and very saddened by the intolerance and extremism expressed in the physical confrontations that took place in Charlottesville over the weekend. There is no place in a civil society for hatred and bigotry. Absolutely no place for violence. And absolutely no place to accept these disgusting acts. It is important to stand up and speak out against these disgusting violent hate groups such as the Neo-Nazis, the KKK and white supremacists, to name only a few hate groups. I deplore what they stand for and how they direct their followers into radial, violent, and terroristic acts. This cannot be condoned. This cannot be excepted.
I, as the founder of Voices in Advocacy, believe in ones right to speak up for the issues that you support. I believe in our right for freedom of speech and peaceful protest to express our grievances and injustices. Furthermore, we have a right, and to a greater point the responsibility as citizens to ask more of our leaders and fellow man when we are faced with matters of social justice.
There can be no ambiguity, this is about moral authority and leadership. We need leaders who will appeal to the best in us and not couch every word as a dog whistle to the haters worst instincts. The fact that David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the KKK, issued a thank you tweet to the president speaks volumes to the dog whistles.
Our leaders must be clear – there is no place in our country for anyone to be allowed to rise up against fellow citizens. There cannot be support of any hate group.
The divisive nature of our president has contributed to the acts we are seeing play out in the news. His bombastic approach to immediately attack anyone who challenges or disagrees with him fuels his fire of conflict-ridden actions and Twitter replies against people who were willing to step up and assist his administration but who now step away due to his actions. Chastising fellow Americans for no apparent reason other than to prove that you will get nasty should anyone decide to take a stance you do not agree with is unbecoming, unprofessional and mostly un-presidential.
The president’s actions and comments are exasperating and infuriating. If this deep divide continues it will only lead to anarchy, chaos, additional lawlessness, and further civil disobedience. Ignoring these actions by the president is just as bad as supporting them.
I do not believe that the high majority of Americans who voted for Trump last November want this rhetoric and inflammatory dialog in handling the issues that erupted like a powder keg in Charlottesville.
We cannot whitewash or purify our checkered history, nor should we. We grow because we learn from the past. We need to keep our history both the good and bad. There are many items in our historical past that most Americans are not proud of. I am not proud of 3/5ths a person, slavery, Japanese internments during WWII, the treatment of Native Americans in our expansion to the west, and many more. What makes me proud today is that as a person, as a people, and as a nation; is that we continue to overcome our disturbing past and work daily as our Constitution asks of us to “form a more perfect union”. We should celebrate the long road towards freedom and toil to make this road wider, smoother, and safer for all citizens.
I leave you with a quote from A. Lincoln, “Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong.”