Charlottesville

If you are Jewish, African American or Native American you may not be that surprised at the rally and protests in Charlottesville this past weekend. You are not surprised when white supremacists spew out their racism and anti-Semitism.

If you are Hispanic, Asian or of some other ethnicity you too know what it’s like to be denigrated by a segment of the American population.   If it hasn’t happened to you, you probably know someone who has been rejected for being non-white (a term of derision itself).  photo from yorkdispatch.com

If you are white and not Jewish, and have never, as far as you know, harbored or expressed white supremacist ideology, you may be somewhat surprised, even shocked that Klu Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia to, in their rhetoric, “take America back.” The removal by the city of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was simply the trigger to rally for their larger cause.

Being white protects one from attack by white supremacists so we don’t think about it that much.   It hasn’t touched us personally.

We know there are some crazies out there but we may not be aware of the extent to which their ideology has taken root and is growing in the current political soil.   They have claimed common cause with Trumpism.

While being white is an advantage, it may also blind us to the presence of white supremacists among us promoting hatred toward people of color and of Jewish descent.

Charlottesville is a wake-up call.   Public officials have condemned the violence – a car driven into the crowd of anti-supremacists by a 20-year old from Ohio killing one and wounding many others.

But the deeper violence, if not terrorism is within the white supremacist movement itself embedded in the society around us.   People of color, of different ethnicities and Jews are meant to be terrorized, to be afraid and feel unwelcome.

Given our history, the rally in Charlottesville should not surprise us.

Do we have the courage to call out and resist the terror that white supremacists from across the country brought there?

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5 Responses to Charlottesville

  1. Larry D Morgan says:

    Good words, Tom! The battle of Grace and Truth must be waged in the Spirit of Jesus and in the context of God’s Word. Perhaps we still need further transformation! ;o)

    Larry D. Morgan

  2. Bob Sloan says:

    Thoughtful blog Tom: Thanks for continuing the conversation.

    As Christians, patriots, and fellow citizens we should denounce the violence, hatred and ugly actions that took place in Charlottesville recently. The best counter to what occurred is to publicly repudiate the racist speech, hatred and unlawful actions of the white supremacists, then follow that with acts of kindness toward those in a minority who suffer or fear. Our goal is to lift each other up and demonstrate our “better angels.” Resist anger, hate, acts of violence and the thought that I cannot change things. We can make a difference each day by living the gospel, speaking out, and sharing love one with another.

  3. Dick Etulain says:

    Very good blog, Tom. Keep at it. We evangelicals need to hear
    such wise and on-track comments.

  4. Lois Wagner says:

    Thanks Tom,
    So hard to know what to say do regarding the hateful rhetoric and actions. Thank you for putting words and reminding us of the need to continue work of Love and Justice in our daily lives and in responding to what is happening. May we not get complacent and accepting of this as a new norm.

  5. Keith Wright says:

    Thank you Tom. You always say it so well. Now each of us need to take this message to our little world that we live in.

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