Well, after the weekend’s events in Virginia, I really wanted to write about something positive, happy, and less upsetting……but my heart and mind keep going back to the news.
Angry alt-right protesters marched…..chanted…..and violence/terrorism ensued. It breaks my heart, and makes me so incredibly angry and sad. Those protesters, carrying Nazi swastikas, and chanting their hateful messages spit on the graves of every U.S. soldier that fought and died in WWI and WWII…..and every American who ever served this country, or currently serves this country, defending our freedoms. My grandfathers, my father, my father in-law, my uncles, my cousins, my son…..
At this point, it isn’t about Democrat and Republican, or who you voted for. I have friends who voted unlike me. They had their reasons, and we didn’t agree, but that’s the beauty of America……even if we don’t like the outcome. Even when we were in Europe earlier this summer, an American friend was shaking his head, wondering why his family in New York voted the way they did. Right now……it doesn’t matter. Right now…..it’s time to put a stop to the hate. SPEAK UP! Take a stand against bigotry. We absolutely can NOT let this continue!
The truth is, the atmosphere in America right now is ugly, sad, and scary. It seems that unrest, racism, and hatred comes in phases in our country. I have a tendency to put on my Pollyanna personality, and try to see the good in everything, but right now, I’m angry! My parents (especially my father) were a little too close for comfort to it during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Actually, our country was built on violence and racism, but I believe that the Declaration of Independence and Amendments still support that “all men are created equal,” and “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” and we need to respect that, and stand on that. Our current administration seems to condone the hate. I’m not a fan of his, and I don’t hide it, yet some people were more upset that President Obama wanted everyone to have healthcare……”It’s un-American,” as one of my friends stated. Un-American?!?! No, it wasn’t. What is un-American is supporting white supremacy, and threatening the lives of those who are standing up for their rights or those of others.
I still believe that the majority of Americans are good people, and do not condone hate or violence. Some will say that if you voted for the current president, then you condone the behavior of these individuals. I disagree. I may not agree with their decision to vote for him, and I can’t stand him, but that is/was their right, and they had their reasons, which was also their right. What upsets me the most about this is that the behavior of those idiots (yes, idiots…assholes…..jerks…..traitors…..terrorists) yesterday is condoned, while peaceful protests, such as someone “taking a knee” during the National Anthem, or peacefully marching in a Martin Luther King Jr. parade, or a women’s rights march, or a gay pride parade, are condemned, ridiculed, abused, or called “un-American.”
It all comes down to what I’ve written about before…..respect. Those who marched yesterday disrespected the American public. They disrespected our Constitution. They disrespected every single individual who fought and/or died for the freedoms we enjoy today. This is not Nazi-Germany (remember….they were the ENEMY….America fought and won that war!). This is not the 1800’s or early 1900’s America where men hid behind their white hoods terrorizing African Americans. I was raised in Kansas, once known as “Bleeding Kansas” because of the racial unrest in the 1800’s. My father was raised in South Alabama. My parents served a church in Southern Arkansas in the 1960’s, and I’m married to a bi-racial man, living in the South……I know a bit about racial issues. As time goes on, you would think we could see the sins/mistakes of our past, and not repeat them. Unfortunately, what I saw yesterday made me sick and ashamed.
I love my country. I am as patriotic as they come. I cry when I hear the National Anthem. I love our diversity. I love the freedoms we share in America….but I do NOT love hatred, bigotry, or anyone attempting to deny the rights of anyone else because of their race, religion, gender, political affiliation, etc. As much as I miss my parents and grandparents, I am glad they are not here to see what is happening in our country today. It’s just too sad….and too scary.