The Response to Charlottesville

17th August 2017

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The Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville, VA.

I’ve been struggling with whether or not I should say anything at all. This is such a clear issue of right and wrong that I would expect everyone to be condemning what we have been seeing.

But unfortunately, to too many, the necessary response to the events in Charlottesville this past week are unclear.

While this rally may have been labeled as being about simply removing a statue, that was never really the whole story. The truth is, it was an opportunity for white supremacists to mobilize.

Who are white supremacists? While I think we all have an idea of who they are, I took to the dictionary to get an unbiased definition.

“A person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races and that white people should have control over people of other races.”

So let’s be clear here. This is the definition of the people our President is having a hard time condemning. A definition that goes against our country’s Declaration of Independence and if Christianity is your thing, how God innately created all people in his image.

How can anyone condone someone who agrees with this definition above? Even worse, how can anyone in authority fear calling them out on it. (I’m looking at you Mr. President.)

So rather than just sit and stew in my own emotions, I am reminded that we need to continue to speak out when events like this occur because otherwise we will continue to live in this same cycle of violence and fear. And I for one am sick of living in a world that accepts this kind of hate.