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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68 comments

Margie F
Margie F19 days ago

Thank you

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Paul B
Paul B27 days ago

heather g. Really... you against the first amendment? Who would be the "arbitrator" of compassion and morality? Would anyone who support antifa and BLM also be banned? You approve of the hate speech calling for death to cops as several BLM rallies have called for, openly and in much greater numbers than we saw in Charlottesville.
YOu need to be VERY careful abut what you are asking for... someday, someone will want to ban your right to say what you feel, regardless of how it fits into some narrative being pushed by the right.
BTW, I haven't seen anyone defending these WS or Nazi sympathizers, only their right to be idiots in public and say what they want, just like the BLM groups were allowed to spew their hatred, unabated. They did it, made public fools of themselves and it was over. That is how it should be. The same would have happened in Charlottesville had Antifa and BLM not shown up to incite violence, and likely this poor girl would still be alive and no one in the hospital.

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heather g
heather gabout a month ago

I wish Care2 staff would remove people from this site who hold views that are not in line with compassion and morality. We need more petitions signed to bring about positive change,

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Shirley Plowman
Shirley Pabout a month ago

Its the only thing to do, plus is the only moral and spiritual way to handle this hate, and clean out the corrupt, sick White House persons, all of them now.

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Vivianne M
Vivianne Mabout a month ago

Empty the swamp.

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Freya H
Freya Habout a month ago

Free speech and freedom of expression are vital, but they are not absolutes. All rights have their limits. The trick is to know where to draw the line. Ask ten different people, and you will get ten different answers.

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Margaret G
Margaret Gabout a month ago

Lance M. writes that every attempted presidential assassination has been committed by a Democrat. I did not know that Hinckley, who shot at Reagan, was a Democrat.

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Margaret G
Margaret Gabout a month ago

Paul B. wrote, “ … it appears from news reports that the leader of the "Unite the Right" was a big Obama supporter and an OWS organizer. …” Which news reports? I have not seen them. Or is this a case of someone formerly liberal “seeing the light”? Like Jason Chafetz who started as Jewish and Democratic who became Mormon and Republican, or Stephen Miller who came from a liberal Jewish family and has become a supporter of the Alt right?

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Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a month ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a month ago

Noted.

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