Be Kind to One Another: A Lesson Learned From Charlottesville

By Tiffany Rodgers

After the display yesterday in Charlottesville, North Korea doesn’t even need to nuke us. You know the world was watching us. Watching the situation turn violent. Watching the response of our leaders (or the lack thereof…I’m talking to you Trump).

I’m sure North Korea thought that they need not waste some of their weapons on an already crumbling nation. They do not need to try to make us weak because we are already exibiting signs of weakness. Is our nation going to collapse internally?

What was the purpose, goal, or desired outcome of this “protest?”  Was the purpose to stir up violence? Why are there even Nazis in modern day US? Why is it okay for Nazis to protest, and when it turns violent, get a different response from authority?

Do you remember Ferguson? Those folks were protesting and it turned for the worse. Did they get a weak, almost nonexistent response from authority? No. They were met with riot officers, the National Guard, tanks, and curfews. Yesterday, there was barely a police presence. This gathering should have been broken up from the very beginning. What makes for the difference in response. I truly believe it has everything to do with the color of the skin of the group of individuals. This should not still be an issue in 2017.

What happened yesterday was a disgusting display of our lost humanity. I am in shock at how many white supremacy people are still hanging around. The color of our skin is merely just a pigmentation, nothing more, nothing less. We all are equal (in the areas we are not equal – we must continue to fight for that equality).

My condolences to Heather Heyer’s family and friends. She should have never died. Virgina State police officers, Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen, whose lives should have never been cut so short. To their families and friends, we are offering our condolences as well. Everyone who was injured to know that we stand with you and are hoping for a quick recovery. We are better than this America! Let’s rise above the hate to spread love and kindness.

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