Speak Only When Your Words Are More beautiful Than The Silence.
Some of the people who attended the Charlottesville rally — whether they marched with Tiki torches (looking like a horde of Todds from River Oaks upset that their party ran low on martinis), or marched with shields, sticks, batons, and/or firearms — have said they’re not racist. “Oh, I am not a white supremacist. I just agree with some of what they have to say.” Here’s the thing: If you like what white supremacists have to say (even in part), and you attend their rally where you know the speakers are white supremacists, speaking to other white supremacists about white supremacy, guess what? You are either a white supremacist, or you should seriously think about your belief system and who you choose to follow. Because if you yell like a Nazi, and goose step like a Nazi…well, you can fill in the rest.
Let me tell you a little story: Once upon a time, when my parents were children, a group of “really fine people” in Germany wanted to kill them. Actually, those people wanted my whole family dead, along with other “undesirables,” simply because they had the audacity to exist. In the case of my grandmother — my namesake — and other relatives, they succeeded. Those “really fine people” were called Nazis. They started by staging rallies and appealing to disillusioned, easily persuaded people who might agree with a little of what they said. The Nazis said they stood for Germany and patriotism, and if those people did too, all they had to do was to get rid of the Jews…oh, and the gays, and the mentally challenged, and the Roma, and…well, everyone not considered “Aryan.” Those disillusioned people bought into it, because of course they loved their country. Also? They were not Jewish, or Roma, or mentally challenged, or gay or whatever. Then, POOF…Germany had Nazis in power. Nazis stood for white supremacy. They stood for the genocide of anyone not Aryan. They took their campaign of “racial purity” and invaded neighboring countries, imprisoning and killing non-Aryans as they advanced and occupied. These actions escalated into a war in which the entire world, our country included, eventually became involved. Your family lost people to a war fought against Nazis and their allies. When you get a chance, read soldiers’ accounts of what they saw when they liberated Nazi concentration camps. They were aghast. Look up some of the photos of people in those camps. This is what the “really fine people” involved in Charlottesville would love to see happen again. No, that statement is not rhetoric or hyperbole. Those people consider themselves Nazis. What do you think is at the core of what they want, silly moustaches? Looking at history, Charlottesville and other rallies and marches are just the beginning, and people like you, who like a little of what white supremacists have to say, are playing right into their hands with regard to making white supremacy appealing to the mainstream.