Perhaps an eruption of racial bigotry at the foot of Jefferson's statue is as fitting as the racist battle cry at Lee's

I've spent a good portion of my day and night watching and reading everything I can find on the Unite The Right riot in Charlottesville, Va today, in part because the issue of racial inequality and bigotry saddens and wounds me and so many others so deeply, and in part because I have family that live there, that have gone to UVA, and would have attended today to protest racism at Emancipation Park if they could.  Did they attend?  Think better of it?  Were no where near for the opportunity? I'll soon wander over to Facebook to find out. But, merely seeing the events unfold in horror, knowing this day would come and will come again tomorrow and still more tomorrows, I was reminded that my own niece could have been crossing the street as a driver plowed his car savagely into protesters or my own nephew could have been being hit with a baton by an angry bully while police watched on silently, spittle and hate spewing from the attacker's uncharitable mouth. I felt helpless. And, also proud, certain they'd be there if they could, as I was in my own day on the streets of Portland.

Much as with the author in this repost, I do think that today is another invitation for us to choose the course of the nation by the action we do today.  And so, i'm choosing to share this article that also contains a link to a great article about Jefferson's true sentiments of the profitability of racial slavery in his own words which helped lead us here today - so many of us NOT wanting to choose nor act in good faith to end racism in America - and I mean really act, really stand up - for all the sacrifice doing such goodness might require of us.  Yet, as the article title says - This is the moment. 

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Comment by koshersalaami on August 13, 2017 at 5:02am

What's been interesting has been the Republican Washington reaction outside of,the White House. While the President treats both sides as equally to blame, a furious Orrin Hatch says his brother didn't die fighting the Nazis for them to march here. They have been condemned by Paul Ryan and even Mitch McConnell, and Jeff Sessions has opened a DOJ civil rights investigation into the vehicular killings. This is beginning to look a little like the Confederate flag think Nikki Haley put into motion. This is the moment, and we may get more cooperation than we expect.

Comment by Ron Powell on August 13, 2017 at 5:23am

Jefferson on black people:

No where near what you might expect from the mind of the man who revolutionized the world when he wrote, "All men are created equal."

Comment by koshersalaami on August 13, 2017 at 5:39am


The difference between Jefferson and Lee is that all Lee did was attempt to preserve slavery, while Jefferson - albeit hypocritically - put language into the nation's mythology that ultimately helped undermine the institution. He created some of the language of freedom and equality that we use. He also helped create the country that we have used often enough to further liberty. So taking the statues of Jefferson and Washington down is not a foregone conclusion. 

Comment by MV Neland on August 14, 2017 at 1:46am

A good long look at the malignancy of race hatred is occurring.  We can only try to make the moral distinction between inclusive societies versus closed societies clearer this time around and help clarify which of these shall be America. It is interesting to hear so many people define America as a nation that has a responsibility to be inclusive and tolerant and diverse and to reject racial xenophobia, especially white supremacy, as something reprehensible.  Defining terms together is important. This is good. Difficult. At many times dangerous. But, what any society that wishes to remain relevant must do.

That said, can Trump keep up with the country's moral development?  Of course not, to his own undoing. Yet, he cannot be expected to let go of the human cudgel he wields in the form of neo-Nazism and racism as a very real physical threat to the public by virtue of having his very own militia willing to intimidate the rest of army he can always say he has no control over while he can shrug and explain that they simply love him, so what can he do? I think it is more than his voting base he is protecting as KKK Duke rebukes him to remember who put him into office. I think he sees an opportunity to wreak chaos in the country through this nationalism movement as suits him. He can only really use the military against other nations. But, a Trump militia can be directed at Americans themselves, using terrorism to try and quell the Resistance, immigrants, afford timely distractions, suppress voting, intimidate candidates and contrarians....  Am I too far into the soup? 


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