Direct Action, Dramatic Action

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At what point do Americans, do we, stand up and start demanding our rights? When do we stand up and start defending our constitution? When do we start standing up to sexism, bigotry, racism, homophobia and all the other shit our president and his cult are championing?

When do we DO something? When do we take action? When do we stand up and make things change?

It’s 2019, in two short years we have emboldened Nazi’s to march proudly in the streets. We’ve allowed them to create the Alt-Right and recruit our children. The White House is refusing to act on online extremism. Our children and adults can casually browse Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Discord servers and easily find white power recruitment pages.

It’s 2019, we’re still allowing the poor to languish in a system that is set up to fail them. We’ve allowed our government to discuss cutting pell grants so children of those families are destined to stay in poverty instead of excelling. It’s 2019 and our local government are prohibiting us from feeding the hungry and homeless and scaling back our welfare systems designed to help said people.

It’s 2019 and several states are severely limiting abortion access or banning it altogether. The government is attempting to defund clinics and doctors who provide medical care for the working class and poverty ridden because they might refer someone for an abortion. Christofascists are writing laws that limit our rights to healthcare and choice.

It’s 2019 and we are putting children who have crossed our southern border in cages. We’ve jailed families and in Houston have them sleeping outside in the rain, we have children sleeping on the concrete. Some how this country has forgot that it was founded upon immigration, and in our circle jerk of how great we are, forgot that people will travel here because of said boasts.

It’s 2019 and we’ve retreated back in time, we have a government that openly envies authoritarian states. In this day and age, our country which fought in a world war against it, is now straddling the fence and stepping into Fascism.

So when do we rise up and act? When do we demand change? When do we do more than hold signs up and scream. Hell, half the people in this country don’t even support protest, even though Protest is Patriotism. Our country is headed down a very dark road, and we’re left sitting here wondering what happened.

It’s about time we start talking action.

 

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“I reported you for manufactured racism. That’s probably why your comment got deleted. MAGA!”

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For once I don’t even know where to start. I feel such utter shame for my country and our fellow citizens. I am so sad and depressed about the state that our country is in, I don’t even know what to say, how to begin to explain it. I have poured two new cups of coffee since I’ve written this paragraph.

So after immense pressure, Facebook has decided to ban white supremacist content from it’s platform. The reason being that white supremacists have been behind so many heinous attacks as of late, and it’s known that they use social networks to organize. Facebook had done the same for ISIS, and it was well accepted, yet for some reason the #MAGA crowd is all up in arms about it.

Here’s a link to an article explaining the ban.

Now, one would think that both parties and their supporters can get behind the stance of “Nazis & hate speech have no place on Facebook or in everyday life”. Yet again, I was mistaken. I scrolled through an article’s comment section, only getting more nauseated as I went. I saw calls for BLM to be banned, as well as Muslims as a whole, even a few people claiming that the KKK & Nazis in the United States doesn’t even exist. A lot of people were saying the media fabricated the story, which led me into a conversation with a very delusional man.

Don’t mind the font change as I switched from my phone to my Chromebook towards the end.

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I really could have handled myself better, I could have, but I was getting super frustrated. There was so much I wanted to say that just wasn’t even worth my fingers extending to each letter. Not once did this man denounce white supremacy or nazis, despite me asking repeatedly. Not once did he answer on whether or not he was angry at fox news for using “the race card” just like MSNBC and everyone else did.

He was the stereotypical Trump supporter. He refused to answer any questions, or explain any of his reasoning, or even denounce Nazis. As I told him in the comments, he and people like him is why Trump isn’t gaining followers, and frankly, with this kind of behavior and rhetoric, why would anyone want to be associated with Trump Supporters or more importantly the Republican Party.

You see, I grew up in a Republican Household. My entire family is Republican, hell I hold several conservative view points as one of my friends like to point out. I made the decision to start voting Democrat after disagreeing with some of the Bush Era policies. Then I learned really quickly, through conversation with Republicans, Socialists, and general Leftists during the Obama Administration, that there were things I didn’t like with them either. I learned to question things, have conversations and debates with people (I’ll let his comment about Identity Politics go, as that’s a blog for later). I learned, or had thought I learned, that there is middle ground between the parties.

I had always thought that denouncing racism and white nationalism/supremacy was a given. Why wouldn’t both parties agree that boneheads are bad? Of course there’s those assholes who run around with Confederate flags and seig heil-ing that ruin it for the families who have history in the Confederacy. Shouldn’t we all be condemning them?

As this administration began it’s term, not only did we see a ton of white supremacists pop out of the wood work, sympathiezers and those who turn a blind eye became glaringly obvious. All of a sudden Nazis are marching the street, PROMOTING ON FACEBOOK among other sites, and a large section of Trump Supporters either embrace them or turn a blind eye.

When those of us left cry out about Nazis recruiting via social media, or attempt to get white nationalist sub reddits closed down, we’re told we’re manufacturing the racism, that we’re all making it up for ratings. Then when we try and talk, you know, have conversations.. the way people share their viewpoints.. the Trump Supporters refuse. When we ask why we’re “snowflakes” or what have you, we get “MAGA!!” or “TRUMP 2020!” or straight up accused of “race baiting”, being unpatriotic, or told to get out of the country.

When we show legitimate facts, THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED, they refuse to talk to us, crying FAKE NEWS. This is what the Republican Party has become, what used to house wonderful men and women, is now nothing but a violent dumping ground for racism, slurs, classism, and their own propaganda. It’s a sad sad day, but at the same time, I can’t even count how many times I’ve felt shame for this country as of late.

I decided to post about this, and this guy I talked to (without bluring his name, as if he can talk like this on the internet, he should be shown to the world) because I believe it’s pertinent to the current state of the Republican Party and our country. This guy is what people think of when they think of Republicans now. This is one of many faces of that party, and I pray that the party itself wants to change that. We cannot allow such uneducated rhetoric to bounce around our country. As you can see, the guy above has bought into and is parroting the same propaganda that comes out of Fox News, Sarah Sanders and Trump’s twitter account.. despite proof to the contrary. This is the current direction of our country.. a country where a party refuses to denounce Nazis under the guise of Freedom of Speech (which 1. doesn’t protect hate speech and 2. pertains to government entities).

As to those people telling me to get out of my own country? No. You don’t move out of a house because you need to replace the hot water heater, you stay and fix it. Speaking out is Patriotism. Protest is patriotism. None of us “leftists” are going anywhere.

2018 & 2019: The Resurgence of the Klan & Nazis

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“If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton told the Montgomery Advertiser. “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

NPR’s update on Alabama publisher who made comments about the Klan

Okay, I’ll admit. I’m on the younger side, and don’t have a lot of experience with Klan garbage. I learned a white-washed version of them in school, and learned more about them via research over the years. Honestly though, I’ve never had the luck to be able to protest a Klan rally, or even to trip one on the street.

The northern states do have active Klan chapters (circle jerks with special salutes?), like Indiana.. who just made the news as their state’s klansmen (women?) managed to get permission to hold a rally in Dayton, Ohio.

Local News Outlet’s Story on Klan “rally”

However, even with them so close, and dealing with the utter bigoted trash that speckles WI & IL, I haven’t dealt with the hooded bastards. Nazis, sure. Has anyone seen Mchenry? Boneheads STILL walk the streets there, and are generally accepted into the town and county.

Hell, Illinois republicans fucked up and let a Nazi win a primary unopposed. 

Jones has previously described himself as a “white racialist,” or someone who “knows the facts of race,” in an interview with the Chicago Tribune.

A former member of the American National Socialist Workers Party, Jones said he also opposed equality, interracial marriage and school integration.

The worst part, in the actual election 56,350 people actually voted FOR him. Yes, not only did IL Republicans let a literal nazi win a primary.. more than 50,000 people voted to have him elected.

Klan is still shocking to me. I know that they never disappeared, it’s just that now they are a lot more public then they used to be. Somehow both the Klan and Nazis are getting smarter about it too (man, I really thought the meth would’ve fixed that for us). They are branching off and reforming into new, more acceptable groups. Hell, most republicans will even shun a white hood (at least in public, as that’s obviously not the case at the polling stations) or a swastika arm band.

Muh culture. - Imgur

Yet the support I see from friends of mine for groups that fall under “alt-right” is astounding. The most notable of late is The Proud Boys. (All though they have tried to distance themselves from the “alt-right” and have a token black man.) They are a hate group on multiple levels. Not only do they hate black people, they toss in a little anti-Semitism and misogyny. I’m not going to link their website because A. I don’t support views to hate groups home pages, and B. It’s atrocious.. my 11 year old could make a better website. So here’s the wiki on it.

The Proud Boys

Seriously guys. Just because you put a bonehead in a snazzy polo doesn’t make them any less of a heaping pile of trash.

What’s getting me all riled up is how all these hate groups have seemed to make a resurgence. It’s because of the same reason people find it acceptable to be horrible human beings this past year. Ex: Getting screamed at by the truck behind me as he floored over a median: “Go back to your own country!” I’m assuming because I had a “Resist” sticker (which has now been replaced by an antifa sticker) on the back of my car. You should’ve seen his face when he realized I was white as snow. Ex: A woman following my friend around Target because she was convinced she was going to steal something while she was shopping on her lunch break. Spoiler: my friend is black.

These people think it’s now acceptable to be openly racist because that’s what they’re seeing in our political climate. Hell, the former leader of the Klan voiced support for President Trump and it was like pulling teeth to get a comment from him on it. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/05/488802494/former-kkk-leader-david-duke-says-of-course-trump-voters-are-his-voters When the Charlottesville fiasco shocked the nation, our president said there are “fine people on both sides”. Our own president mocked Elizabeth Warren by calling her Pocahontus. I shouldn’t even have to link the Central Park Jogger case. Lets not forget when he called immigrants racists and drug dealers.. but lets be specific.. he wasn’t talking about European immigrants.

Whether or not Trump is racist isn’t up for debate in this post. My point is, is that when you say racially insensitive things (read: racist) things, or when you tweet them for the whole world to see and read.. the scummier parts of our society are going to believe that someone high up in government believes the same as they do. Ranging from the literal nazi who ran in my state, all the way to the President. Believing that the President of the United States has the same views you do about Mexicans or Native Americans, gives these assholes a feeling of power.

The question is: What are we Americans going to do about it?

I don’t see nearly enough people denouncing racism, classism, or sexism these days. Hell, half of my facebook timeline was filled up with memes making fun of the immigrant children in cages, or the mothers who tried to cross our border with them. I don’t see the Christians living like Jesus as they demand we ship people applying for asylum back to whatever country they came from. It’s almost like they forgot who Jesus was. I browsed a page today (compliments of a nazi sub) that condemned any woman in a relationship with “colored people”, and the amount of support in the comments was disgusting.

So what are we going to do about it America? How do we fix the problem, when the problem starts at the top, and goes through a large portion of our country?

I know that I won’t shut up, I know that the hubs won’t shut up.  I know my daughter is growing up knowing to not associate with the bigots swarming our country now. Hell. I know that I’m planning a trip to Ohio in May. We’ll never stop voting, but is it enough when the racism and hatred is bred into the roots of America?

How do we fix this?

 

United States of America 2017 Edition: Nazis and Fascism.

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Fuck. 

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck fuck. What the fuck. God damn fucking Nazis. 

I thought I was appalled last night when the baby Nazis marched at the college.

Nazi March

(from wn.com) – I am so proud of those college kids, so much for this generation being fragile snowflakes eh?

I thought that would be the worst of the “Unite the Right” bullshit, I thought the worst we’d deal with today was some overweight KKK members and god damn Nazis running around.

I was wrong.

(I am having a very hard time actually writing my thoughts out on this one.. I am. My brain is just screaming FUCK!)

The posts/notifications started flooding in this morning, counter-protesters and the goddamn Nazis were clashing. Well. Yeah, I expected that. I just monitored what was going on and was impressed with the amount of antifa protesters that were out there.

As time went on, some of my Facebook groups started alerting about brawls breaking out. I started paying more attention, how could I not? Video, Audio, and frantic FB/Twitter posts were flying, Fights. Nazis jumping protesters, college kids, anyone. Assault locations, and safe streets/alley ways to meet and get into a group.

Then, the video. You know what video I’m talking about. I’m not going to link to it at this point, because:

  • Three people died in that incident, and their family and friends should not have to see the crash repeatedly, so I won’t contribute.
  • The Alt-Right (aka: God Damn Nazis) are already disputing what has happened, and at this rate I’m not going to argue with anyone over it.
  • BECAUSE FUCK THIS! WHY THE FUCK AM I EVEN HAVING TO WRITE ABOUT THIS SHIT IN 2017!!

I hoped onto my Facebook groups and was immediately accosted with several cell phone videos of the accident. After watching/reading about Nazis marching, swastika flags waving, Spencer getting maced (yay), I watched a car plow through a packed street, through people in my own country.

I read through Trump’s (FUCKTRUMP) statement. Our “President” refusing to even ACKNOWLEDGE that Nazis were marching, that swastika flags were waiving in Charlottesville, that we had a TERROR ATTACK on our own soil.

I scrolled through pictures of wounded men and women being treated by EMTs, I scrolled past the (soon to be) iconic picture of the Black Police Officer guarding the KKK. I scrolled past tears, dead, and god damn nazi’s chanting. I scrolled past posts from stormfront applauding the president. I scrolled past men marching with quotes from Hitler on their jackets/shirts and swazis on their arm bands.

IN MY OWN COUNTRY. HERE.

Racism has never gone away, I’m not sure it ever will. I had honestly never expected that large of a KKK/Alt-Right rally in my lifetime… much less .. all of it. Everything. This is the kind of thing that’s not supposed to happen anymore.

So I’m stuck. In my suburban haven above Chicago. Explaining Nazis to my 10 year old, and worrying about my grandchildren reading about how much of a failure our generation has become in their history books. I’m stuck, wanting to help, wanting to do anything at all, wanting to make a stand. Lace up my grinders, and march, fight. Yet.. I’m here. With my family, far away from anything. Talk about feeling useless.

Those of us who have families to protect, and logistical issues.. we CAN do something. We can educate, we can fight back with intelligence. We can fight back with facts and exposure. We can TEACH our children how horrible racism is, and help them see past color and hate and violence, and embrace each other so maybe some day this will be a distant memory, never to happen again on our soil.

We can show everyone what’s happening. There are plenty of people on my friend’s list alone, followers of this blog and many others, who are simply putting their heads into the proverbial sand and pretending this isn’t happening. We can make the United States and the POTUS face what our country has become. This is not something to be ignored, racism, Nazis, HATE must be stopped.

So those of us at home, those of us who can’t march, we can inform. We can move forward. We will make the world change, one child, one person at a time.

Fuck Racism, Fuck Nazis, Fuck the KKK, Fuck the Alt-Right, and FUCK THIS SHIT.

NOT HERE.