To The Editor:
I invite you to consider the scene at Charlottesville.
A group of counter protesters assembled at a rally of white supremacists in that Virginia college town, and they took up the chant, “No Trump! No KKK! No fascist USA!”
To which one of the white supremacists yelled back, “Too late f-----!”
The white supremacists had obtained permits to march in support of the Robert E. Lee statue to remain in place. Gen. Lee was a native Virginian, and he was offered command of Union forces, but he said he had to stay with Virginia. He graduated No. 2 in his class at West Point Military Academy. I believe his statue should be on public display.
Brawls broke out between protesters and counter protesters and police.
The racial riot and terrorism that just visited Charlottesville and the emboldened brazenness of the white supremacist movement, suggest that we no longer have the luxury of avoidance, at least not if the future of this country matters.
Many of us have watched with complicit silence and quiet terror of demographic change in towns like Ferguson, and universities like University of Missouri.
The result that erupted in Charlottesville and elsewhere is for all the world to see.
I believe it is not just the violence and not just the terrorism, but the sense of victory and vindication in the smug rejoinder of the white supremacist that I oppose.
The counter protesters had come to chant in support of something higher than bigotry and rage.