aside Racists’ Rally Catalyst For Eruption Of Violence In Charlottesville, VA

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Today, Saturday of August 12, 2017, “we the people” were reminded of the prevalence of racists in our country, exemplified by them acting out in a Charlottesville, VA rally against the removal of Confederate era statutes, with the amour of tolerance and cover granted  them by the republican party.

Then there were the republican pundits trying to equate “Black Lives Matter” protests with the racists’ protests of today when there is no moral equivalency. The one group has been fighting against hate while the other has been promoting intolerance.

The Virginia Governor Terry McAuliff had to announce a “state of emergency” to end the violence which erupted between the racists at the rally and the counter-protesters. It was not until the early afternoon of Saturday (8/12/17), that the republican President Donald Trump tweeted a condemnation of the violence without ever referring directly to the White Nationalists/ White Supremacists/ racists.

Here’s what the president tweeted, “We ALL must be united & condemn all that hate stands for. There is no place for this kind of violence in America. Lets come together as one!”

Later in the day (8/12/17), the president stated the following at a press conference, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides. On many sides,” he said.”

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As per another 8/12/17 Washington Post report by Joe Heim, Ellie Silverman, T. Rees Shapiro and Emma Brown, “Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, a Trump supporter who was in Charlottesville Saturday, quickly shot back at the president. “So, after decades of White Americans being targeted for discriminated & anti-White hatred, we come together as a people, and you attack us?” Duke tweeted. “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.”

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As per a  8/12/17 Sky TV News report (with worldwide viewing), “TV pictures showed fights erupting when the anti-Nazi protesters approached the white supremacists with what looked like a wooden banner.”

“As they did so, they were met by a wall of men dressed in body armour and helmets, some of whom used pepper spray, police said.”

“Other footage showed rivals on either side using hand-made shields as they fought each other.”

“Initially it appeared as though police were not getting involved but the the Virginia State Police have since posted pictures of heavily armed officers carrying out arrests.”

“The violence prompted First Lady Melania Trump to call for an end to the clashes, tweeting: “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence. #Charlottesville.”

“The clashes came after a federal judge ordered Charlottesville authorities to allow a weekend rally of white nationalists and other extremists to take place.”

“The rally was organised to protest against Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the city’s Emancipation Park.”

“The Southern Poverty Law Center said it was expecting a range of far-right groups to attend including the National Socialist Movement, the League of the South, as well as “various anti-government, Patriot, militia, Klan, III Percenters and anti-immigration groups”.

“The state of emergency (called by Gov. Terry McAuliff because of erupting violence) allows local officials to request additional resources if needed to respond to ongoing events, authorities said.”

Image result for photos of rallies in charlottesville vaHere is the rest of the story…

On August 12, 2017, Joe Heim and Emma Brown of the Washington Post penned the following report, “White nationalists ordered to leave Va. park before planned ‘Unite the Right’ rally.”

Excerpts:

“After a morning of violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters, police ordered hundreds of people out of a downtown park, putting an end to a noon rally before it even began.”

“Gov. Terry McAuliffe declared a state of emergency shortly before 11 a.m., blaming the violence on “mostly out-of-state protesters.”

Image result for photos of rallies in charlottesville va“I am disgusted by the hatred, bigotry and violence these protesters have brought to our state over the past 24 hours,” McAuliffe (D) said.”

“Other elected leaders in Virginia and elsewhere also urged peace, blasting the white supremacist views on display in Charlottesville as ugly. U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) called their display “repugnant.”

Image result for photos of rallies in charlottesville va“But President Trump remained silent throughout the morning, as did Vice President Pence. First lady Melania Trump was the most prominent White House figure to weigh in, tweeting: “Our country encourages freedom of speech, but let’s communicate w/o hate in our hearts. No good comes from violence.” (President Trump finally tweeted a lukewarm denouncement in the early afternoon ob 8/121/17.)

“Using megaphones, police declared an unlawful assembly at about 11:40 a.m. and gave a five-minute warning to leave Emancipation Park, where hundreds of neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists (racists) had gathered to protest the planned removal of a Confederate statue. They were met by equal numbers of counter-protesters, including clergy, Black Lives Matter activists and Princeton professor Cornel West.”

Image result for photos of rallies in charlottesville va“Fighting that broke out in the city Friday night spilled into Saturday morning.”

“Men in combat gear — some wearing bicycle and motorcycle helmets and carrying clubs and sticks and makeshift shields — fought each other in the downtown streets, with little apparent police interference. Both sides sprayed each other with chemical irritants and plastic bottles were hurled through the air.”

“A large contingent of Charlottesville police officers and Virginia State Police troopers in riot gear were stationed on side streets and at nearby barricades but did nothing to break up the melee.”

“The worst part is that people got hurt and the police stood by and didn’t do a goddamn thing,” said David Copper, 70, of Staunton, Va.

“A group of three dozen self-described “militia” men, who were wearing full camouflage and were armed with long guns, said they were there to help keep the peace, but they also did not break up the fights.”

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“There were vicious clashes on Market Street in front of Emancipation Park, where the rally was to begin at noon. A large contingent of white nationalist rally-goers holding shields and swinging wooden clubs rushed through a line of counter-protesters.”

 “By 11 a.m., several fully armed militias and hundreds of right-wing rally-goers had poured into the small downtown park that was to be the site of the rally.”

“After police ordered everyone to vacate the park, columns of white nationalists marched out, carrying Confederate and Nazi flags as they headed down Market Street in an odd parade. Counter protesters lined the sidewalks and shouted epithets and mocked the group as they walked by. At various points along the route, skirmishes broke out and shouting matches ensued.”

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“Charlottesville officials, concerned about crowds and safety issues, had tried to move the rally to a larger park away from the city’s downtown. But Jason Kessler, the rally’s organizer, filed a successful lawsuit against the city that was supported by the Virginia ACLU, saying that his First Amendment rights would be violated by moving the rally.”

“Tensions began Friday night, as several hundred white supremacists chanted “White lives matter!” “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!” as they carried torches marched in a parade through the University of Virginia campus.”

“Meanwhile, hundreds of counter-protesters packed a church to pray and organize. A small group of counter-protesters clashed with the marchers shortly before 10 p.m. at the base of a statue of Thomas Jefferson, U-Va.’ s founder.”

Image result for photos of rallies in charlottesville va“Police officers who had been keeping a wary eye on the march jumped in and broke up the fights. The marchers then disbanded, though several remained and were treated by police and medical personnel for the effects of (a) mace attack. It was not clear if any one was arrested.”

“Saturday’s Unite the Right rally (8/12/17) was being held to protest the planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The city of Charlottesville voted to remove the statue earlier this year, but it remains in the Emacipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park, pending a judge’s ruling.”

“Saturday marked the second time in six weeks that Charlottesville has faced a protest from white supremacist groups for its decision to remove the statue.

“The torchlight parade drew sharp condemnations from Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer and U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan.”

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“Sullivan described herself as “deeply saddened and disturbed by the hateful behavior”shown by the marchers.”

“Signer said he was “beyond disgusted by this unsanctioned and despicable display of visual intimidation on a college campus.” He called the chanting procession a “cowardly parade of hatred, bigotry, racism, and intolerance.”

Washington Post: BREAKING NEWS, 2:33 p.m. At least six pedestrians were struck in a crash involving multiple vehicles in Charlottesville, according to the city government’s Twitter account. Matthew Korbon said he was standing 10 feet from where the crash happened. He saw a car at high speed rear-end another car, then back up and plow through pedestrians. Charlottesville police said 3 vehicles were involved in the incident. (This was deliberate. It was a White Supremacist driver who plowed into a group of counter-protesters. Overall, 3 people are dead with 2 from a police helicopter crash; 35 were injured.)

21 comments

    • Dear Horty,

      This outright manifestation of racism was to be expected as the republican party folks with the president standard bearer have been guilty of tolerating the racists in their midst because they know the racists have been supporting republicans including the president with their votes.

      Dear Republicans, When you go to bed with racists, you will get bitten by their hate infested fleas.

      As always, thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  1. Thus we witness the beginning of the end of this nation! These are the supporters of the person that Putin placed in the White House, and they act with his full blessing!

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      This was a festering boil that needed to burst, to show what DDT and the republican party really have become by allowing for the tolerance of racists in their midst. This was the inevitable outcome.

      And I for one, will not allow the republican party to white wash their turning a blind eye to these racist groups within the republican party which has in turn emboldened these White Supremacist racists to think that they could act out with impunity.

      Hugs, Gronda

  2. I find it reprehensible that the POTUS, who has during his campaign and in the WH, incited, encouraged, and endorsed violence but now takes the high road entreating us to “come together”.

    • Dear Larry Paul Brown,

      With the likes of White Supremacists (racists) in the White House like Steve Bannon, Stepen Miller, Sebastian Gorka, and the AG Jeff Sessions, President Trump has absolutely no credibility as he entreats the American peoples to come together.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Dear Crustyolemothman,

    David Duke’s words ought to be part of a major 2018 democratic party advertising campaign. The president and the republican party will not be able to white wash/ explain away Mr. Duke’s words.

    Thanks a million for the reference.

    Hugs, Gronda

  4. Gronda, let me state the obvious before I make another point. Violence should not be condoned regardless of the perpetrator. With that said, there are too many false equivalences going on that the larger point is missed.

    A group that professes hatred and the diminishing of the rights of others, often is not equal to a group that is promoting the rights of the disenfranchised. Yes, our country allows the peaceful protest of causes, but when folks come to the event loaded for bear, the peaceful part gets stepped on.

    But, just as the hate group has the right to protest, so do the folks who say we do not support your bigotry. Unfortunately, the man in the White House took advantage of hate groups to add to his base, so these groups are more empowered and want to show their numbers. David Duke is pointing out Trump’s hypocrisy just as is the Mayor who is laying this at the White House steps. Both are right, Trump is hypocrite. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      Because of this turning of a blind eye to hate and the haters (racists, Islamophobic folks, anti-Semites, etc.) President Trump and too many republicans have three deaths that they are guilty of causing today in Virginia. And I want them to know that peoples know this and that their attempts to paint with the moral equivalency paint brush the Black Lives Matter protesters with racists/ White Supremacists’ neo-Nazis will not and does not fool anyone.

      Hugs, Gronda

  5. Reblogged on Obsolete Childhood. I really hoped my work, and that of so many others, for the NAACP and ACLU would have made this kind of crap go away permanently..at the end of my life I wanted to have made a difference. it is looking more and more like my work was in vain…and I am heartbroken.

    • Dear Suze,

      Thanks for all you have done to fight the good fight.

      This fight against haters will be a never ending struggle for what is right, decent, moral and good. Hate has a way of raising its ugly head at any moment in time and needs to stomped on and stopped whenever it does.

      Today was a heart breaker. Some of us are furious that more wasn’t done to arrest these racists today. But we all make a difference by calling this a day of hate by racists, period. And republicans are guilty for allowing these haters to be tolerated in their party. They have sold their souls for 20 pieces of silver.

      Thanks a million times over for your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

  6. All of this over a participation trophy. You can hear the autoritarian right now, “Obama/Clinton blah… blah… blah… so, it okay.” This is not alright.

  7. This is the reply I did not want to post. These are the words I felt were unfair to put out so early in the catastrophe which is the current presidency.
    I am not surprised. The parallels with the years prior to the Civil War are starting to become pronounced. Your wonderful nation deserves a true and strong leader at this time. Instead you have ‘that’ lesser being who will now only whimper to himself that he didn’t expect this to happen.
    There are some crumbs of comfort in that the traditional republican senators and congressfolk are starting express second thoughts and it may not be too late, though I suspect it make take very firm decisions and resolve which will centre on the destruction of the networks of the Alt Right and the public humiliation of their leaders before this is over.
    Other wise I worry for your nation.
    God Bless The Ordinary Americans
    Roger

  8. In our copy cat society, this event has the potential to foment similar internal wars throughout the country. It seems rural is fighting urban these days. I am more concerned about this matter destroying our country than NorthbKorea.

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