Writing and preparing to perform a solo show that is topical, I find myself constantly reevaluating what I am presenting. Inauguration Vacation chronicles some of my experiences at demonstrations protesting Trump and Right Wing groups in Berkeley and Washington, D.C. Now, on August 12, a young man influenced by radical white supremacists has driven his car through a group of counter-demonstrators in Charlottesville at a “Unite the Right” rally, killing one woman and injuring 19 others. And President Trump refused to name white supremacists as being to blame, instead faulting the “violence” of “many sides” for this man’s brutal act. The full quote is: “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides.”
I am not a side. I don’t belong to any special interest group like the KKK. I am a person. Who objects to people touting white supremacist rhetoric—and acting on it.
And this 20-year-old man who drive into the protesters can’t take all the blame for his actions either. Sure, he might be a psychopath. More likely, he is like a young jihadist, brainwashed by a gang, in this case neo-Nazis…who in turn are emboldened by Trump’s rhetoric as a “leader,” which he is only in the sense that he leads a movement of people whose strategy for fulfillment in life is, “I am not happy, I am angry, and I will scapegoat others to replace those feelings with a sense of outrage, community, and power.”
I’m including this horrific picture of the attack to underscore the reality of what happened.
And a video from the NRA encouraging its members to perpetrate violence against liberal protesters. Statistics are important here. Yes, some protesters on the left do bad things. You can show a few clips in your videos. But their platform is very different.
Now some Republicans are finally criticizing Trump’s response, when nothing before seems to have been bad enough to motivate them to eschew him. I assume because before, they were afraid opposing Trump would make the entire party look bad and reflect on them. But now they think they can safely criticize him for supporting Nazis and keep their party intact. I’m also waiting for the neo-Nazis etc. to decry what happened.
I just went to the website Daily Stormer and it’s unspeakable. They have a disclaimer in the corner that says:
“Disclaimer: We here at the Daily Stormer are opposed to violence. We seek revolution through the education of the masses. When the information is available to the people, systemic change will be inevitable and unavoidable. Anyone suggesting or promoting violence in the comments section will be immediately banned, permanently.”
Thank you Google for cancelling their domain registration.