Time to Choose a Side
As a refresher, Richard Spencer is the 30-something, Brooks Brother-ed out bro who grew up in a rich Dallas suburb, attended top schools (including prep school, the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, and Duke University), and then used all his advantages to coin the term 'alt-right' and advocate for white supremacy.
Fights broke out, bottles were thrown, and 20 year old James Alex Fields, Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters. Before the day was over, three people were dead (including a protester and two state troopers) and dozens were injured.
A vacationing Donald Trump couldn’t even muster the words to condemn the white supremacist side of the “many sides” of the protests. Nor has he expressed condolences for murder of Heather Heyer (he did offer condolences for the two fallen officers.)
Even Sen. Orrin Hatch tweeted: "My brother didn't give his life fighting Hitler for Nazi ideas to go unchallenged here at home."
GQ called the weekend's events "exactly the America that Donald Trump promised."
How to help stop this madness
Tweet at @realdonaldtrump to ask why he hasn't called what happened in Charlottesville (and for that matter, last week's firebombing of a Minnesota mosque) what it was: domestic terrorism. (And let’s face it, he’s more likely to see your tweet than hear your message to the White House comment line, but that number is 202.456.1111 if your thoughts for him add up to more than 140 characters.)
While you're tweeting, ask the Virginia State Police why they barely intervened as white supremacists engaged in hours of street violence with counter-protesters, as documented by ProPublica and VerySmartBrothas.
Donate to support the family of Heather Heyer, the 32 year old white woman killed by James Alex Fields, Jr. when he rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Donate to support the families of Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, the two Virginia state troopers killed in a related helicopter crash.
Donate to support the recovery of Alexis and 13 year old Noelle, two of the counter-protesters hit by Fields' car.
Connect with and support local groups including the Black Student Alliance at the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville Solidarity Legal Fund (which is organizing legal support for local anti-racist activists), Black Lives Matter Charlottesville, Solidarity C'ville, Beloved Community Charlottesville, Together Cville, and the faith-based Congregate Charlottesville.
Also connect with and support Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives, Showing Up for Racial Justice, Black Youth Project 100, and other groups working to end white supremacy and racist violence.
If you're in Charlottesville this evening, join a candlelight vigil for Heather Heyer (Sunday, August 13 from 6-8pm). The procession will go from the UVA Rotunda to Emancipation Park.
If you live anywhere else, check out Indivisible's list of vigils happening today and this evening in more than 100 other cities nationwide.
The Movement for Black Lives is hosting a national conference call tomorrow (Monday, August 14 at 9pm EST) to discuss strategies for confronting hate, from Charlottesville to the White House.
Get to know the white supremacists who marched (as well as the glorious powers of the internet and facial recognition) at the Yes, You're Racist Twitter account. Shaun King is also crowdsourcing the identification of those who committed assault and should be reported to authorities for arrest.
Urge your mayor to follow the lead of Lexington, KY Mayor Jim Gray and remove Confederate statues. Find a full list of Confederate monuments here, and contact info for your mayor here. Color of Change also has a petition here.
Check out Indivisible's ideas on pressing your member of Congress (no matter their party) to respond to the Charlottesville terrorist attack.
BTW, let's not forget: the outcry over the removal of this particular statue started with Corey Stewart, a recently-defeated candidate for Virginia Governor (losing the Republican primary by only one percentage point) and the former Virginia chairman of the Trump campaign. He has a disturbing nostalgia for the Confederacy. He is now running for the 2018 Virginia Senate seat against sitting Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine.
Update: the Women's March, Indivisible, Color of Change, MoveOn.org, Working Families Party, People's Action, Center for Popular Democracy, and others are hosting an emergency conference call on confronting white supremacy this Sun. Aug. 20 at 8pm ET. RSVP here.