Last night, after I finished the paper, I sat down and wrote out all of my thoughts on the subject. I wondered what I should say. The events themselves were simple-but the background, the tension, and the various views of the events were not. Should I address the simple or the complex?
I've decided to do both. Today, I will loudly express my feelings. In a follow-up, I'll look at everything that led up to the clash. Like anything in history, there is a lot of complexity, and I want to see it at every angle. But for now, let me say this:
IF YOU ARE WALKING AROUND WITH A NAZI FLAG THROWING NAZI SALUTES, YOU ARE AN IDIOT.
I don't care what you think about the removal of Confederate statues. I don't care what you think about how the media has portrayed conservatives, or what Black Lives Matter or Antifa has done. I don't care if you feel like people are being mean to you. You can argue all you want about what the "other side" has done. Stop looking at what others do, and look at yourselves.
You have chosen to believe in the inferiority of others based on ethnicity and skin color, and you have chosen to follow the example of a man who was an insane, narcissistic egomaniac, a man who decided the best way to fix the world was to kill millions of people who had done nothing to him other than exist, and to do this in torturous, horrifying ways. A man who outright admitted that he wouldn't have passed muster for the American eugenics strictures on being a "superior" human. Your critical thinking abilities have failed, and your ability to claim you've been unfairly treated is gone.
The mere belief in inferiority of race is based on pseudo-science and biased observations informed by preconceived notions. Most of these beliefs stem from the European explorations in the 1400s and 1500s, when they would, say, see people wearing less clothes in another area and assume it had to do with sexuality instead of, you know, IT'S THE EQUATOR AND IT'S REALLY REALLY HOT.
This is the kind of wackiness you are buying into.
And let's not even get started on the people doing this while claiming to be American. I mean, remember that time we fought a war because we thought fascism was bad? And we won that war, because it turns out a lot of people don't like fascism and were resisting it? Doesn't that make you think "Golly gee, fascist beliefs sure are unpopular. It's almost like people don't like being forced to do things by the government."
How about the people who hold these beliefs and claim to be Christian? If you believe in the inferiority of another person, then you are not showing Christian love. The whole point was to spread Christ's love and mercy to everyone-and you don't spread love and mercy by telling people they're naturally inferior and they must accept God's place for them in the racial hierarchy.
(No, Cain was not cursed with blackness. It doesn't say that anywhere. No, Sodom and Gomorrah was not destroyed because of mixed race relations-it's like you didn't even read that part where they were threatening to rape Lot's "guest". No, God didn't ban the Israelites from marrying other tribes due to race mixture-it was to keep the influence of other religions out of the worship of God, which is pretty obvious if you read any of the Bible. I think that about covers all the crazy Biblical race theories.)
To sum it up:
You have a right to protest. To paraphrase Voltaire, I will defend to the death your right to voice your opinions. But that doesn't mean I have to have any respect for you, and my First Amendment right says I can nonviolently oppose you as much as possible.