A Year Since Charlottesville, Trump Has Made Things Worse!

The president failed the nation one year ago today. And he has done nothing since to repair the damage done.

Once again my home state of Virginia has had to declare a state of emergency around the issue of race. It seems surreal in the year 2018.

This time the emergency was declared in preparation for the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” protest—a rally that left counter-protester Heather Heyer, a 22year old white female dead, and others, like DeAndre Harris, an African American male (who was beaten violently by six white men) seriously injured.

The purpose of this second rally, scheduled for this weekend in D.C., is to protest the “civil rights abuses” that the white nationalists feel they have suffered by being denied a permit to return to Charlottesville.The news here, of course, is not the location of the rally. It is that the same group that organized in Charlottesville last year feels perfectly comfortable congregating again in the nation’s capital. Perhaps the uglier news is that in the last year, the views of this group have made their way—sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly—throughout our everyday life and discourse.

On Wednesday evening Fox News host Laura Ingraham echoed the fears of the nationalists, when she openly declared on LIVE national TV that “we” are in “a state of national emergency”, and that we must demand that Congress “act now.” The national emergency she spoke of was not a terror attack, a Russian cyber attack, or natural disaster, It was, instead, the emergency of “massive demographic changes.”

Ingraham continued her diatribe, “In some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore,” she lamented. “Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people, and they are changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like. From Virginia to California, we see stark examples of how radically, in some ways, the country has changed.”

Ingraham finally said out loud what the rest of us know has been driving the racial animus under President Trump: white fear of demographic changes in America.

 
 

 

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