Sunday, August 13, 2017

 

Sunday Reflection: Is it really so hard to be against racial hatred?



White supremacists rallied in Charlottesville this weekend, and it was terrible.  They chanted neo-Nazi slogans, spread racial and anti-Semitic hatred, and there was violence-- including one of them plowing through a group of counter-demonstrators with his car.

In response, this is part of what Donald Trump had to say:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides, on many sides. It's been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama, this has been going on for a long, long time. It has no place in America. What is vital now is a swift restoration of law and order and the protection of innocent lives. No citizen should ever fear for their safety and security in our society. And no child should ever be afraid to go outside and play or be with their parents and have a good time. 

"Many sides?" What was he talking about? And where was the part where he condemned the white supremacists?

As, really, a baseline of contemporary morality, I would think a willingness to condemn white supremacists in a clear and straightforward way is beginner-level stuff.

And our president is not able to do that.

Comments:
You can bet Miller had a hand in writing the President's statement. It really is tragic that they can't condemn this type of hatred but sadly I am not surprised.
 
I agree about Miller, Christine, and I also I think Trump's "many sides" comments were ad-libbed. He looked up, paused, repeated "many sides" as he was giving that speech. You'd think when David Duke had, earlier in the day, invoked Trump directly that Trump would've at least called that out. It's scary how clearly the link was made yesterday between Trump and these white supremacists.
 
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