Don’t hide from your America now

This is the America I always knew: plow down the protesters, and protect its racist roots. We were never together, fighting as one because we hold our hierarchical system of race to be self-evident, that white people were created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with all unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of destroying the minority voice.

The Ku Klux Klan has always been around and now has brought forth even more hate groups. Radical white terrorists have been among us since we became a nation, and before it. No one forgot about them except white people. While we the minority are reminded of them in every social interaction imaginable.

The “Unite the Right” protest was led by white nationalist groups who were exercising their right to freedom of speech. They wanted to keep the Confederate statue of Robert E. Lee present in Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. The white nationalist groups were met with a counter-protest by Black Lives Matter, Antifa and other anti-racist groups.

A young black woman sits on top of a cage of Ku Klux Klan members and other white nationalists. (Illustration by Sara Hammond)

Unpacking that, a lot of white people seem hung up on questions that suggest anti-racist groups should compromise with the white nationalists. Between arguments about letting the racists peacefully co-exist with people of color and just “ignoring them,” I’m not sure which is the most insane.  

In the event that someone is threatening your very existence, you do not compromise.

But white people (good and bad) would not know because they are not going to suffer from it. They are safe. White people are going to need to take a side. You cannot be neutral in a fight for human decency. There is no middle ground. That alone should tell you this is not an argument anymore. If you want to be an ally, be an ear, not a mouth.

A man from the Nazi group drove a car into the crowd to murder the anti-racist groups. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to ever sympathize with literal Nazis.

People who are worried about history being erased should know the statues are being put in museums. So everyone can go view the infamous figures who plagued our nation with racism and indirect genocide. All of the arguments that even slightly support the idea of minorities backing down are ridiculous.

Life is a war zone for minorities. To see the exposed faces of racists proves to me that they do not care. They are willing to march into the streets with their family, friends and co-workers, and shout death to me. All because of the social construct we call race.

  • Makayla Richards is the Managing Editor for the Vanguard and a junior at the University of North Georgia. She was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. She is working towards a bachelors degree in journalism, with a minor in computer science. She hopes to be a political/social commentator for radio or television.

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