The events that unfolded in Charlottesville, Virginia this Saturday were tragic, hateful, insidious and even deadly. Saturday will most assuredly go down in history as the day America's festering hate came to a head and proved to the world that this country is being divided — to be conquered. In spite of watching someone's hatred kill an innocent woman and injure more than a dozen, the violence and hostility marched on.
One would think that the death of an innocent would calm the waters and make people step back and re-examine their actions. However, one would be wrong. Americans are being polarized — deliberately — and we are now seeing the effects.
While there has certainly been a racism problem in this country for some time, the divide has begun to come to a head in the last decade.
Neo-Nazis and white supremacists were fading away. Their ranks were diminishing and their tactics and mission of supremacy based on skin color had become laughable. However, in the past few years, a new faction, ironically spearheaded by the left, began to act as a recruiting tool for white nationalism.
Anti-white rhetoric has fueled hatred and served as a catalyst in the growing movement of white nationalist socialists. By concentrating on skin color — instead of a person's character — a massive "anti-white" movement was born, and thus the dying white supremacy movement was given new life.
Hate groups in the US grew from 784 in 2014 to 892 in 2015, a 14 percent increase, according to 2016 data by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
From 2014 to 2015, the number of active Klu Klux Klan chapters in the United States grew from 72 to 190, a massive increase for a group so closely associated with hatred, as the Federalist notes.
As David Marcus points out, white people are being asked—or pushed—to take stock of their whiteness and identify with it more. This is a remarkably bad idea. The last thing our society needs is for white people to feel more tribal. The result of this tribalism will not be a catharsis of white identity, improving equality for non-whites. It will be resentment towards being the only tribe not given the special treatment bestowed by victimhood.
We are now seeing the inevitable result of such irresponsible practices of race shaming. As whites — who may have been on the verge of racism — sat back and watched the mainstream media chastise their skin color, they eventually reached a tipping point. Charlottesville was an example of what happens when this state-sponsored and media supported divide is pushed on the populace.
Once the radical left, who've been taught over the past several years to despise 'whiteness', saw the epitome of said 'whiteness' take over the 'white' house, the perfect storm was created.
The ranks of Antifa and similar groups — just like their counterparts in the white nationalists — also began to swell.
When white nationalists and Antifa or similar groups, meet face to face, violence is now inevitable.
These two factions have become a literal representation of the divide and conquer tactics employed through the left/right paradigm.
There is absolutely no denying that minorities are persecuted in this country at a far higher rate than their white counterparts. All the data and all the statistics do not lie — minorities are on the receiving end of police brutality and government oppression more often than white people. However, attacking the white skin color does absolutely nothing to solve this problem.
As Ron Paul pointed out in the 2012 presidential debate,
"True racism in this country is in the judicial system. The percentage of people who use drugs are about the same with blacks and whites. And yet the blacks are arrested way disproportionately. They're prosecuted and imprisoned way disproportionately, they get the death penalty way disproportionately. How many times have you seen a white rich person get the electric chair or get, you know, execution? If we truly want to be concerned about racism, you ought to look at a few of those issues and look at the drug laws, which are being so unfairly enforced."The problem is not skin color, the problem is the state.
While there is no question that racism is alive and well in the United States today, attempting to solve the problem by creating a climate of 'race shaming' is like trying to put out a fire by throwing matches into it.
A racist idiot without a badge and uniform is simply a racist idiot, add the power of the state and that racist idiot lays waste to civil rights, initiates violence, and extorts the populace; and it's called 'justice.'
The system does not want you to view them as the source of this divide, so the left/right paradigm is employed to keep people thinking that they just need to get their party into power to solve all the problems. Nothing could be further from the truth.
No matter the puppet in office, the police state grows, wars are expanded, and our rights usurped. All the while, Americans argue over superficialities while they are robbed blind by the state. It is literally divide and conquer.
If we don't wake up to this divide soon enough, however, these little battles in towns across the country will increase into a war. Even though extremists on both sides claim they are ready for this war, the fact of the matter is that it will be a nightmare.
Until we treat people as individuals and not representatives of their race, things will continue to decline. Until we stop putting faith in a system that needs us divided to maintain their control, things will get worse. Until we realize that there is no Us vs. Them, it is only Freedom vs. Tyranny, the decline will continue. Until we become the change we want to see in this world, expect no change at all.
We must stand together as one race—the human race—and strive for liberty, peace, and justice for all — for if we do not, then divided we will fall.
If I take my hand and slap you, you don't even feel it. It might sting you because these digits are separated. But all I have to do to put you back in your place is bring those digits together. -Malcom X