When I heard about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, I was very shocked. As I read articles describing what happened and why it happened, I was horrified. So much hatred and violence shouldn't be inflicted on anyone. My heart goes out to Heather Heyer and the two state troopers who perished in these terrible events. However, the most shocking part of all of this, was President Trump's response. The president stated that there are two sides to the issue and that not all the blame can be put on the white supremacist's side. This is absolutely atrocious; a president can NOT stand for outright bigotry like such. "The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win. We can not allow this old evil to be resurrected.” - Senator Marco Rubio. We can have some consolation that even though our President doesn't seem to take this issue seriously enough, there are others, Republican and Democrat, who recognize this uprooting of American values. This cartoon by Clay Jones (claytoonz.com), shows that Trump's unwillingness to condemn white supremacists puts him in the driver's seat of a reckless lunatic.
What can you do? Here's 4 ways how.
Stand up. The next time you see someone making a racist comment, intervene. Don't let the problem spread; call these people out and let them know that what they're doing is wrong.
Donate! There are many organizations dedicated to ending racism. Money from your donation makes an actual impact and helps these groups fight hate and influence policy.
Protest. (Easier than ever) Indivisible is a movement against the Trump agenda, and they've organized many protests around the country. All you need to do is enter your zip code and find and attend a protest near you.
Donate. The events at Charlottesville left many victims. Support their families and donate on GoFundMe.
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