Sunday, August 12, 2018

And Meanwhile

It's interesting going on social media today and seeing what is trending.  You would think, on this first anniversary of the tragic clash between white nationalists in Charlottesville and those opposing them, ending in the death of a 32 year old woman, Heather Heyer (and a commemorative march in Washington DC called Unite the Right) that would be big news.

But apparently, the really big news on Twitter right now is a rapper who apparently sampled the song of a music legend without permission, and the fans of both going after each other.

Yes.  It's so much easier to ignore the true hate, to ignore what is happening around us.  It's hard to take a look back. 

Today, my post is political.  Tomorrow, I return to my normal upbeat programming.

It's necessary to pause today, though, especially if you are a member of one of the groups these neo-Nazis targeted that day, which I am.

Today, some more memories of Charlottesville, Virginia, eight months before that day, August 12, 2018, that opened eyes.

The Charlottesville Freedom of Speech Wall.
The Founding Fathers of our country.

The downtown mall on a quiet January weekday morning.  This is not the street where Heather Heyer was killed. Part of that street has been renamed in her honor.
This may have been the door to a bank - I don't remember
So peaceful.  But that peace was just surface.  I didn't know that then.  I do now.

It was the calm before the storm that still continues.  Maybe one day, this sign will be what Virginia is known for, again.

Don't be fooled; the forces of evil are regrouping.  We all must pay attention to what is presented today.

"If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention".

RIP, Heather Heyer.

Our job is to make sure you did not die in vain.

3 comments:

  1. It's hard to believe that we have to deal with racial prejudice in this day and age. It's as if we've gone back in time.

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  2. Alana,

    This blinding hate for anyone who opposes us is crazy and out of control. Hate has always been an issue for all times. One thing I can say is while we had problems decades ago at least people displayed a certain amount of restraint and good judgement before acting. That's not so today.

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  3. We thought it was gone. We were wrong. Maybe we can eradicate it this time. (Probably not, but we're getting closer.)

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