Discussion: The Charlottesville Rally
By Livia Peterson
The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia protested to oppose the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Emancipation Park (renamed Lee Park two months earlier) on August 11-12, 2017. The protesters consisted of alt-rightists, white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, neo-Nazis, and militias.
If you’ve been on social media as of late, especially Twitter, you’ll see many people suppress this hatred and the President Donald J. Trump. I’ve been against Mr. Trump right from the get-go. The United States of America belongs to equality and opportunities for all, regardless of race, gender, etc. Trump is everything that is not American – belittling the LGBTQ+ community and bringing out the worst in us, Americans.
Ever since Trump was elected, America has been more or less a shit storm, all taking place on Twitter. It is akin to an overlong and never ending reality show that we are living in. Meanwhile, the President is attempting to destroy the American values. He is advocating terrorism at the most basic level. The 9/11 changed the U.S. forever and I will not be surprised something similar happens during the Trump Administration (please God, no). Sometimes, I wish I could move to Canada.
Prior to voting, I was and will always be a liberal Democrat. I initially was a Bernie Sanders supporter up until he gave up his candidacy to Hillary Clinton. Ms. Clinton was on the voter’s ballot, alongside Mr. Trump. If Clinton was elected, the United States would be a much better condition than it is as now. Our safety and morals are endangered due to Trump being foolish and ignorant. Trump is far from obeying the oath that he took eight months ago. He is completing abusing the U.S. government and its power to fulfill his filthy desires. I cannot believe the White House and the Congress is tolerating his hypocrisy. Anytime now would be great to impeach Mr. Trump.
Sixty years ago, we endured the Civil Rights Movement to terminate racial segregation and discrimination and one hundred years or so before that, slavery was prohibited. Today, it appears we are fighting for our rights as United States citizens as a whole. Free speech is a necessity for everyone; however, protestors displaying swastika is abusing freedom of speech. The swastika represents the Holocaust that killed millions in concentration camps and yes, it did happen. There is such a thing as Holocaust Denial (see the brilliant “Denial”, starring Rachel Weisz) and anyone who denies that historical event is heartless.
The LGBTQ+ community is also in danger. Few years ago, the awesome former President Barack Obama legalized same sex marriage and it was one of the most celebratory days to ever happen in the United States history. However, Trump is a mighty oppressor to the LGBTQ+ community and it seems the exact opposite is occurining. The United States should be moving forward, but we are going backwards and history may be repeated. We should learn from history, not repeat history.
Since Trump’s election, it was inevitable that we would face terroristic riots of some sort. Charlottesville is the worst kind of riot, bringing out embarrassment to be a United States citizen. By all means, I am proud to reside in the United States – but I am angry that Trump insists on generating hostility on a national level. Hatred should be infrequent, not daily. Trump is demoralizing humankind without legitimate reasons. He may be a reality show celebrity, but commandeering the United States is not “The Apprentice”. Expect the Charlottesville incident and many Twitter feeds to be written in history books in the years to come. The Trump Administration will be frowned upon one hundred years from now on. We must fight against the Trump Administration and terrorism now, not later.