A tragic and very predictable event in Charlottesville

Yesterday’s violence at a white nationalist protest march has certainly created a lot of buzz during the last 24 hours. A member of that white nationalist group drove his car into a group of anti-protesters killing one woman. Several people were injured during the attack. A helicopter manned by members of the state patrol crashed and unfortunately, a few law enforcement personal were killed. It is indeed a very dark day in Virginia and the sad reality is that this event was bound to happen given the current divisive climate in this country. Apparently the racism and hate of the 60’s is coming back with a vengeance in this country with no end in sight.

President Trump made a statement about the event that has apparently rubbed some people the wrong way. He blamed both sides for creating the violence and I cannot disagree with him. We all know what the KKK and white supremacist groups are all about. They are about racism and hate. In their twisted view of the world, a person should be disqualified from certain things for the color of their skin. Nothing more could be more ridiculous than their views. However, in recent years, I have noticed the totally opposite views being applied to white people and that is equally ridiculous. For instance, some people have labeled middle-aged white men like myself the problem in this country. Professors in our colleges have been teaching students about the evils of white people. Radical groups like “Black Lives Matter” have been protesting in the streets calling for the killings of white police officers. These examples only add fuel to our racism problems. I have often feared what would happen if some of these white supremacist members showed up at a BLM march or visa versa. Yesterday, my worst fears came through.

After yesterday’s attack, there was plenty of finger-pointing going on. Naturally much of the blame was tied to the white supremacists who many have tied in to a typical Trump voter. The truth is, this problem runs much deeper than a bunch of angry and bigoted racist hate groups. Trump is absolutely right, racism has many sides to it and placing the blame on one particular group is just not right. There are many groups who are stirring this hate and divisiveness. Finger pointing is not going to solve this problem, only cause it to become deeper.

Imagine what other countries must think when they see this type of violence and lack of unity. Our enemies must be gleaming with joy. I have a sad feeling that this event is only the beginning. What is it going to take for people in this country to start respecting other people? Yesterday was a serious black mark on our nation. We can do better and we must!

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The Chicago hate crime video, can’t we all just get along?

Certainly, one of the most talked about stories of the past week has been the shocking Facebook live video of 4 thugs beating up a mentally challenged teenager. Why was the teenager brutally tortured for several hours like that? All because he happened to be a white person who supported president-elect Donald Trump. How outrageous is that?!! Have we reached a point in our society when you fear for your safety because you happen to a person of a particular skin color or of a certain political belief? Unfortunately, this is the new America that we live in. Social media only adds fuel to the fire over these incidents. No matter what skin color you are, you have to be outrage over this uncalled incident of pure racial hate. There is no place in America for it.

The sad part about this incident is that it seems to be part of a growing trend of increased racial tensions in this country. Slowly but surely, we are seeing our society drift back to several years ago when racism was very alive and well. If you happened to a person of color, you were treated with a great deal of disrespect and lack of dignity. Segregation was the norm of the day. Now it seems that both whites and blacks are being targeted. Some colleges are teaching students about the dangers of so-called white privilege. Heavens forbid if you are a white person and a Trump supporter! You are targeted as an evil person who must confess of your sins or be thrown out of this country. The media and Hollywood has joined in this circus of hate. This video fully illustrates the increasing racial and political hate that is going on in this country and sadly, it may be just the tip of the iceberg towards more hateful incidents.

I know that racism will always exist here in the United States. That will never change. There will always be racial bigots on both sides. But my wish is this, can’t we all start getting along and show some respect towards each other? Is it that hard to do? Can start looking at a person’s heart as opposed to a person’s skin color? Furthermore, can we start respecting one another for his or her own political views? The disrespect that many Trump supporters are being shown since the election is extremely disturbing and uncalled for. I have never seen an election resulting in so much whining and sour grapes than this one. Trump supporters want this country and people in it to succeed just as much as non-Trump supporters. Why can’t people respect that?

I hope in 2017, people will start to unite together to solve some of our many problems. Just maybe, something good will happen from this video and people will realize that pointing the finger at one race is not going to solve anything. Racism and lack of tolerance for political views is a growing danger that must be stopped in this country before it is too late.