Americans Stand Up to White Supremacists — And Trump

The events in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend were a resounding wake-up call for the millions of Americans who still believed that white supremacists were a thing of the past. But if you needed any additional evidence, just take a look at a few racist members of President Donald Trump’s administration.

Now that the threat of American Nazism can no longer be ignored, people across the U.S. are deliberately and publicly taking a stand against racial extremism – even when it may hurt their families, their friends or their job prospects.

In Virginia and the epicenter of it all, the ACLU sided with the “free speech” rights of Nazis, despite the fact that the intent was specifically to incite violence and intimidate. Much like they did in cross-burning cases, the civil liberties group tried to claim it was about protecting all rights — even when those “protections” could be interpreted as codifying racism and harm to people of color. And one board member quit in protest.

“‘What’s legal and what’s right are sometimes different,’ said Albermarle County resident Waldo Jaquith in a tweet,” the local Star-Exponent reports. “He said he still believes the organization does essential work, but ‘can’t facilitate Nazis murdering people.’”

In the wake of President Trump’s lukewarm and delayed condemnation of violence by white supremacists, Merck Pharmaceuticals CEO Kenneth Frazier took his political career and standing into his own hands and resigned from an influential presidential business board.

“One of America’s most prominent black CEOs quit President Trump’s manufacturing council on Monday over Trump’s initial failure to condemn white supremacists,” CNN Money reports. “Kenneth Frazier of Merck (MRK) said in a statement: ‘America’s leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.’”

In response, the president quickly began targeting Frazier and Merck on Twitter, harassing the CEO and trying to damage the business’s reputation.

But Merck isn’t the only business putting its reputation on the line.

Both Godaddy and Google are rejecting white supremacists, too. Godaddy, the largest domain host in the U.S., announced it would stop hosting neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer after the page wrote an article mocking victim Heather Heyer. Google later agreed to do the same when the site attempted to relocate there instead. Both domain registers stated that the hate site violated their terms of service.

“This may very well indicate that the sense of responsibility among tech companies is deepening,” Susan Benesch, director of the Dangerous Speech Project, told the Washington Post. “They are under gigantic pressure to solve this problem, and they are reacting as they never have before.”

While businesses are under major pressure from the public, others are standing up in even braver ways — against members of their own family.

Take Pearce Tefft, who wrote a heartbreaking letter to the Fargo Forum in North Dakota, calling out his son as a Nazi for participating in the Charlottesville protests:

On Friday night, my son traveled to Charlottesville, Va., and was interviewed by a national news outlet while marching with reported white nationalists, who allegedly went on to kill a person. I, along with all of his siblings and his entire family, wish to loudly repudiate my son’s vile, hateful and racist rhetoric and actions. We do not know specifically where he learned these beliefs. He did not learn them at home. He once joked, “The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.” Peter, you will have to shovel our bodies into the oven, too. Please son, renounce the hate, accept and love all.

How will you take a stand against white supremacy today?

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