It’s called Unite the Right. Despite the misnomer those involved are fully aware that it really means “Unite the White”. If not, then why is it that all of the members are white? Is it possible that only white people are right? Maybe white people are trendsetters and trailblazers leaving everyone in their dust. I hardly think that is the case. What I am seeing though, is more white people straying away from the extremist views of white supremacy to embrace the concept of humanity. We are all humans and to be worthy of being called humankind, we must be humans that are kind. So when all this hoopla about the Unite the Right rally began making the news rounds, after witnessing what happened last year in Charlottesville, I wanted to keep a thumb on the pulse of the protesters’ rally.
Lo and behold the white boogeymen were dwarfed by various organizations coming together to protest the spreading of white supremacy. Ironically, an orange peel in the White House denounced racism in all its forms despite having a political base that thrived off of bigotry and hate.
“The riots in Charlottesville a year ago resulted in senseless death and division,” Trump said on Twitter. “We must come together as a nation. I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. Peace to ALL Americans!”
But the story of the day is not Donald Trump. The story is that America told white supremacy to its face, “gtfoh!”
The rally’s organizer, Jason Kessler, was expecting way more supporters than what showed up. An expected 100-400 white nationalists was to attend the demonstration BUT the final numbers were much like Trump’s inauguration… largely inflated. A much smaller group of demonstrators attended the rally and were greatly outnumbered by police officers and counter-protesters. The rally was scheduled to end at 7:30pm but Kessler reportedly crawled away before 5:30pm according to The Atlantic.
The Hill reports:
Thousands of people protesting the rally gathered across the district on Sunday in numerous planned events to denounce the rally celebrating the first anniversary of the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.
So what does this mean for diversity? It means what we already have been told…. that not ALL white people are bad. There’s levels to this ish. But while not ALL white people are bad, the movers and shakers, the high-rollers, the decision makers and the ones with clout think very little of this diversified front. The powers that be believe in their superiority and supremacy, even if they have to keep their mouth closed. That is rule #38 of the ’48 Laws of Power’: Think as you like but behave like others. In that respect, they hide who they really are behind group thought.
Personally I would prefer that the supremacists show up in full force, #MaskOff. That is one less bigot hiding in the shadows behind a badge or a charming smile.