It’s been a month since the tragic events that unfolded at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Since then, there has been another robust debate about Confederate statues and their place in our national fabric. And, inevitably, that debate has been extended to all corners of American history, particularly those where slavery plays a role. In that spirit, protesters at the University of Virginia – many of whom were chanting “Black Lives Matter” – draped a statue of Thomas Jefferson with a black tarp on Tuesday.
Surrounded by young activists singing “No Trump, No KKK, No racist UVA,” one speaker said it was time for Charlottesville to stand up to white supremacy.
“One month ago, we stood on the front lines in downtown Charlottesville as all manner of white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and neo-fascists swarmed the area,” the speaker said, according to the Daily Progress. “Two months ago, the Ku Klux Klan rallied in their safe space, fully robed and fully protected by multiple law enforcement agencies who brutalized and tear-gassed peaceful counter-protesters.
“With every new horror that arises each month, each day, there has been an unparalleled resistance of people who say no to white supremacy, no to fascism, no to all forms of oppression,” they continued. “And we recognize and honor the fact that this resistance was not born 10 months ago, but has actually lived for many years: Communities of color in Charlottesville fighting for affordable housing, for a living wage, for an end to police brutality and state-sanctioned violence, for education for all.”
In the days after Charlottesville, President Trump openly wondered when the war on Confederate symbols would wind its way to some of our country’s founders, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. As it turns out, we didn’t have to wait long to find out. It’s happening now, as Trump and so many others realized.
It’s happening because this isn’t about the Civil War and it isn’t even about slavery. It’s about a racial political movement that aims to divide our country in as many ways as possible – and Target #1 is our collective national history. Once that pesky business is out of the way, the left will have far more latitude when it comes to their true goal: Remaking this country to match their socialist, Communist dreams.