Just in case the horrifying events in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend weren’t enough of a warning about the dangers of political extremism, it looks like we’re gearing up for an idealogic civil war across the country, complete with violence and death. This weekend, massive Alt-Right rallies are scheduled across the nation.
If you called out the people rioting after Trump was elected, or the people rioting after police shootings, you should just as forcefully denounce the people rioting in Charlottesville, where a woman died in the violence. None of this is okay. It’s not “taking sides” to denounce groups like the KKK or white supremacists. It’s being a rational human being who isn’t a hypocrite. What occurred in all of these events is beyond justification.
I said then that violence and vandalism in the name of political dissent was wrong. I stand by the same opinion now.
This weekend, more Alt-Right rallies are scheduled across the nation.
After the rage was stoked last weekend, it’s doesn’t take a crystal ball to predict that things will get ugly.
The first of the batch will be protesting Google’s firing of James Damore for his criticism of their diversity policy. The March on Google is to protest “anti-white-male diversity policies.” These will be held in:
The organizers of these events are trying to distance themselves from the event in Charlottesville.
“We, the organizers of the March on Google, join the President in condemning the actions in Charlottesville on August 12th. Despite many false rumors from those seeking to discredit us we are in no way associated with any group who organized there.” (source)
But, reading the tweets of people planning to attend, it seems that the potential attendees share similar philosophies with the people in Charlottesville. This means, regardless of the wishes of the organizers, things are likely to get ugly.
According to CNN, two other events will be upcoming:
Not only these events will occur, but there is talk of widespread removal of civil war monuments, renaming of streets and buildings, and other incendiary actions that will almost certainly result in further rage.
Another rally is being planned for September 16 in Richmond, Virginia, around a monument to Confederate General Robert E. Lee to protest the removal of similar statues from public spaces in Civil War–era Southern states. White supremacist Richard Spencer is also seeking permission to speak next month at the University of Florida. (source)
Counterprotests are being planned in response to the rally in Boston as well, with the Black Lives Matter civil rights group saying they will march against the alt-right. (source)
All of these events have the potential to be tinder boxes.
Just like in Charlottesville, there will be counter-protestors, and it would be naive to expect that these events will occur without violence.
Incidentally, has anyone else wondered whether both of these groups are being funded and encouraged equally in order to destabilize the country? After all, the biggest culprits in Charlottesville were not Virginians. They were from out of state. Someone needs to ask how this is happening.
We should not allow ourselves to be so easily divided. Every person who was a Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders supporter is not a black-mask-wearing, vandalous, violent member of Antifa. Every person who was a Trump voter or is a right-wing conservative is not a member of the KKK or the Alt-Right. Most of us are peaceful people who love our neighbors.
We have reached a point in our country of pure action-reaction. I personally find both extremes to be equally despicable, but they are an extraordinarily vocal minority. These are all hate groups and I’d like to think our country is better than to let those people speak for us.
Events like this can turn into riots very quickly, and in that instance, you’re going to want to get home and stay home until it’s over. Make sure you are prepared for this possibility.
Here is a general list of supplies to have on hand. Remember that sometimes power supplies are lost during situations like this. Occasionally officials do this to gain more control over the populace and sometimes it happens as a side-effect of the wholesale destruction by the rioters. Keep the potential for a down-grid situation in mind when preparing.
This article goes into more detail about preparing for a civil unrest event.
The most important thing is to stay home and avoid the areas where violence is more likely to occur.
Despite these rallies, riots, and protests, I still believe that most people are inherently good. Out of the population of our country, only a minuscule percentage is attending rallies in riot gear hoping to hurt “the other side.” Most of us get along just fine with people of different races or who have different political or religious beliefs. We don’t believe that everyone has to see the world through our lens.
But somehow, these extremists have become louder than us. Somehow, they are representing who Americans are to the rest of the world.
Whether you’re talking about Alt-Right rallies, Black Lives Matter marches, Neo-Nazi gatherings, or Antifa protests, they aren’t about unity. They’re about division. Us vs. Them.
This could lead to civil war across our country. Not since the 1800s have we been so utterly divided.
This can go nowhere good.
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