Last Saturday the heinous act of domestic terrorism that rocked Charlottesville, killing 3 people and wounding dozens of others, once again brought all of America to a halt as we tried to absorb the reality of what took place.
We know that racism, bigotry and hatred lead to acts of violence; our history and our present are replete with egregious examples. The vitriolic rhetoric of the 2016 presidential election cycle, which unfortunately has continued post election, has emboldened the expression of hate targeted at people of color, muslims, jews and women.
What gives me hope is what we now see happening all across America. From Seattle to Tucson to New York to Washington, DC and small towns all across the Midwest and New England people took to the streets to make clear that hate speech, neo Nazis, and white nationalism are not welcome in our country and do not represent the values Americans hold dear.
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) personalized it, and may have put it best “We should call evil by its name. My brother didn’t give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home.”