In the days after white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the Ku Klux Klan rallied in Charlottesville, VA with tiki-torches ablaze – an event that sewed violence, disarray and death across the city and whose shockwaves reverberate throughout communities across the country – the current president’s weak, non-committal response further stoked the flames of his administration’s dependency on the alt-right’s burgeoning power.:
“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides, on many sides.”
Donald Trump actively avoided naming specific domestic terror and racial hate groups for what they are, despite their open and unapologetic calls to rid the country of non-white races and ethnic groups (some by genocide, some by forced eviction) or using violent means that are explicitly taken from ISIS play-books.
His action – or rather, inaction – is yet another example of the president’s abhorrent hypocrisy in regard to race, terrorism and the role of each on modern American discourse.
The president’s use of the “many sides” took much well-deserved criticism (#manysides is currently trending on Twitter), not the least of which comes from possible 2020 presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) who in a Facebook post brilliantly expose the president’s “many sides” statement for the outright irresponsible outrage that it represents.
“‘Many sides’ suggests that there is no right side or wrong side, that all are morally equal,” wrote Harris. “But I reject that. It’s not hard to spot the wrong side here. They’re the ones with the torches and the swastikas.”
In her post, Senator Harris aptly calls on Americans to defy Trump’s leanings and prove to the world that we are not a nation fueled by hatred and bigotry. Her words – in a time of tragedy, dishonor and incredulous cultural vulgarity – are reminiscent of leadership incarnate; a vast and awe-inspiring contrast to those of our own sitting president.
“The truth is that the vast majority of Americans are good, fair and just and they want their country to reflect those ideals,” she continues. “And the fact that yesterday’s explicit hate was met with near-universal condemnation affirms my belief in our capacity to overcome evil.
“We don’t have to let extremists define us. Opportunities to do right are right in front of us. We just have to seize them.”
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