When it came to what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, when the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists ran over crowds of protesters, Trump’s initial reaction was to blame both sides. In his own words he expressed that, “You had a group on one side that was bad. You had a group on the other side that was also very violent. Nobody wants to say that. I’ll say it right now.” (The New York Times)
Trump is too busy defending the Confederate Statues, to accept the dark sides to this country’s history. He may think he’s blaming both sides, but in reality he’s not only undermining the terror that the Neo-Nazis and white supremacists caused, but the racially charged history behind the statues.
So, what’s the big deal behind the statues, huh? What can a piece of stone resemble. Well, it can resemble the pain, hatred and time period in history that marked the fight to preserve slavery and uphold discrimination as a correct way of thinking. These statues are celebratory to the side that fought to keep the slaves.
A Lyft driver once made a comment that, “the statues will be a reminder of history, and prevent it from repeating itself.”
Two reasons why this is ignorant thinking.
If that was supposedly the case, then the event in Charlottesville, Virginia would not have taken place. Secondly, these Confederate Statues were placed up in honor for the soldiers’ duty in the Civil War, not the other way around. How can painting the Confederacy in an inviting light, prevent history from repeating itself? The answer is that it can not.
In reality, Trump stands behind the message that the Neo-Nazi’s were enforcing. Just like how his slogan, “Make America Great Again,” was out of touch with the reality behind America’s history, is how he’s out of touch with the history behind the confederacy. The fact that he could even compare the white supremacists to the right-winged protesters is grotesque. There is no comparison between utilizing your freedom of speech and committing murder because of a belief that your race is superior.
The Yankees brought home the victory in the Civil War. Honoring the Confederacy is not honoring America, but upholding a part of history that should never be repeated. The confederacy praises ‘what could have been’.
Either Trump needs a new publicist, or he is doing a terrible job at following direction. Funny enough, he seemed to have more to say towards the NFL players kneeling during the anthem than the to the Neo-Nazis actions. Looks like your true colors are showing, Trump.
Trump is more patriotic than the country put together.
Where was this fervor when the white supremacists ran over protesters?
So, the NFL players do not deserve the right to play if they cannot stand during the anthem; yet, the Neo-Nazis are only partially to blame for what happened in Charlottesville. The scales are imbalanced, because the President is.
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, wrote a professional response to the President’s tweets.
Barr, Luke. Osbourne, Mark. Schaber, Dean. Trump rips NFL commissioner for ‘trying to justify’ players ‘disrespect’ for country. ABC News. 23 September 2017. Web. http://abcnews.go.com/US/nfl-players-blast-trump-kneeling-players-fired/story?id=50037845
Goodell, Roger. Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Twitter. 23 September 2017. Web. https://twitter.com/search?q=trump%27s+response+to+nfl+players&ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Esearch
Habberman, Maggie. Shears, Michael. Trump Defends Initial Remarks On Charlottesville; Again Blames Both Sides. The New York Times. 15. Aug. 2017 Web. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/politics/trump-press-conference-charlottesville.html?mcubz=1