My heart, prayers, and love go out to those fighting the biggest evil of our time in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We live in a world where Black people are targeted for death and destruction, and we should not be surprised when moments such as these occur – in fact, Charlottesville confirms the violence that Black people endure every day.
The white supremacist violence we are witnessing is not new; instead, it is constant, ever-evolving and unfortunately, a staple of US American culture and society. While the images from Charlottesville highlight specific shades of violence, it is the more insidious forms this violence takes in everyday life through the dehumanization of Black communities, the lack of access to healthcare and affordable housing, and the targeting and criminalization of Black bodies that we must also address.
Charlottesville has put on display the ways in which white supremacy has fueled and continues to fuel a genocide against Black people, both in this country and around the world.
While the President and his advisors significantly contribute to the lack of safety that Black folks experience and are accountable for incredible harms inflicted on communities of color through their policies, practices and visible silence; they are mere symptoms of white supremacy and xenophobia which are far greater enemies than this current administration.
Our work is clearer now more than ever. We must collectively interrupt their hate, their lies, and their delusions. We need to rise up.
SEATTLE (AP) – Protesters decrying hatred and racism converged around the country, saying they felt compelled to counteract the white supremacist rally that spiraled into deadly violence in Virginia. The gatherings Sunday spanned from anti-fascist protests in San Francisco to a march to President Donald Trump’s home in New York.
Black Lives Matter leaders are all too familiar with the racism that breeds in America, leading many within the organization to see the hate expressed by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday as no surprise. “The white supremacist violence we are witnessing in Charlottesville is not new,” the social justice organization wrote in a statement published to its Facebook page on Saturday.
With sworn white supremacists and neo-Nazis marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, even the most privileged of Americans have been forced to confront the nation’s deep roots of racism. Unfortunately, a lot of them are doing so in a cringe-inducing – if not downright offensive or dangerous – way.
Almost a week ago, I set up a phone interview with Black Lives Matter cofounder Patrisse Cullors for the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 14. By that morning, our interview had taken on a new kind of urgency and direction.