All men are created equal

 

My concern about the events of this past weekend is it is only the beginning of something that this country must face. It some point in the future, there will be more non-whites than whites. More non-Christians than Christians. More non-Europeans than Europeans.
The behavior of the whites against the non-whites, the Christians against the non-Christians, and the Europeans against the non-Europeans, is deplorable.
f_la_kkk_rally_170708.nbcnews-ux-1080-600Some say turnabout is fair play. Perhaps it is. Perhaps that’s why these groups on the right, no matter what they’re called, are acting out their fear and anger. Maybe they should.
I believe all the lessons of the past will come to haunt this nation, if not doom it. It won’t be the end of a political or economic system that dooms this nation. It will be the failure of recognizing the truth in “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
All men. Life and liberty.
It’s not the “I deserve mine” that will doom the nation, but denying the other person the right to justifiably say as well, “I deserve mine” as well, and then working to make both declarations work.
The fear of losing what one has is greater than the anger at seeing what another gains. Fear propels the fearful whites, the fearful Christians, the fearful citizens of European descent.
So how do we take the fear away?

(Image, NBC News)

Joe Brewer is a journalist, author, parent, and veteran. He has worked at publications in Japan, Canada, and the United States. Brave New Deadline is a continuation of a newspaper column created in 1992. Email him at joe@josephmarkbrewer.com 

You’re not American. You’re a Nazi.

Unite the Right. Klan rally. Protest of a civic decision to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

Call it what you want. The ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, August 12, resulted in death, arrests, worldwide condemnation, counter-protests, and an ever-growing image of how ugly America has become. The far right,  the Ku Klux Klan, the defenders of the memory of the Confederacy, White Supremacists, all have found a home in the fetid atmosphere produced by the election of the 45th president.

Former KKK and Nazi leader David Duke said the Charlottesville protests were about ‘fulfilling the promises of Trump.’

‘”This represents a turning point for the people of this country,” Duke said of the Charlottesville rally. “We are determined to take our country back, we’re going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump, and that’s what we believed in, that’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back and that’s what we gotta do.’

Take back the country. Make no mistake, that’s the mission of the White Nationalists, the Klan, the American Nazi.

There have been other protests, other demonstrations, with the purpose of defending the memory of the confederacy, defending the Confederate flag, some demanding that their Southern heritage be respected. An Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage. A state’s rights heritage. A Jim Crow heritage.

Charlottesville was different. Not because the anti-Klan counter-protesters outnumbered the ‘Unite the Right’ group. Not because there were violent confrontations, tear gas, and arrests in demonstrations that lasted over two days. Not because public officials were once again forced to step up to microphones to condemn and demand justice.

It was different because of this:

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And this

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And this

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and, ultimately, this

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Klansmen assembled, with helmets and shields. Wielding Nazi salutes. Swastikas and Stars and Bars icons on display. A protest that spawned violence. And ultimately, a man reported to by a Nazi sympathizer, drove his car into the anti-Klan crowd, killing Heather Heyer, who was among the demonstrators protesting the white nationalists’ rally.

This is a turning point in the struggle against anti-American White Nationalism. There can be no mistaking that these white supremacists, whether they’re in the Klan or in Nazi garb, Confederate sympathizers or secessionists, stand for nothing that America was founded on. Nothing that the Constitution proclaims as rights and freedoms of the common person. Nothing that a free society cherishes for all its people. Their beliefs and goals and creeds and dogmas belong more to Mein Kampf than the Constitution. Thier leaders would be welcomed by Hitler. So let’s be clear: The people in helmets and shields and swastikas and hooded robes and stars and bars are Nazis. And they have lost the right to call themselves Americans. One world war was fought to destroy that evil. Everything Nazis stood for was crushed. It cannot be allowed to rise again.

Joe Brewer is a journalist, author, parent, and veteran. He has worked at publications in Japan, Canada, and the United States. Brave New Deadline is a continuation of a newspaper column created in 1992. Email him at joe@josephmarkbrewer.com 

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