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I believe in #diversity and #inclusion, so the violence and terror perpetrated by white supremacists in #Charlottesville on Saturday is incredibly disheartening for me; as a nation, we should not be completely surprised by the actions of the emboldened alt-right if we have our eyes wide open and honestly acknowledge and examine their escalating hostile rhetoric and actions toward non-whites, immigrants, and Muslims.
@realdonaldtrump spewed vitriol toward groups like Muslims, Black Lives Matter, and Latino immigrants while he also courted and allied himself with alt-right and white nationalist groups during his campaign and gave white nationalists like Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, Stephen Miller, and Jeff Sessions, positions in his administration. Trump’s scapegoating has emboldened white nationalists and normalized a degree of bigotry that since the civil rights era has mostly lived in the shadows. If you have any doubts that Trump’s sympathies lie with the white nationalists, examine his double standard when it comes to quickly categorizing violence perpetrated by non-whites as terrorism while refraining from the use of the term “terrorism” when a politically motivated violent act has been committed by a white person.
#Trump attempted to equally blame white power protesters and those assembled to protest against the white power rally. Imagine if the roles had been reversed and a Muslim or non-white driver had plowed into a gathered crowd of white nationalists… Trump would have instantly called the act terrorism! The way it appears to me is that Trump only wants to use the term “terrorism” when it supports a racist and xenophobic perspective.
Trump has encouraged hate, but all of us who have stayed silent have created an environment more permissive of hate. We need to stand up for the values of diversity, religious freedom, equality, and human dignity. The future is ours to shape if we have the courage to use our voices and take action. Thanks for caring. - Shepard