As we approach the end of the year, we always ask ourselves bewilderldely ‘where did the year go?’ ‘I must have been so busy that the year flashed past me’. But not only were we busy, others with an agenda were also busy causing havoc, death, fear and insecurity. That’s right, the extreme far right and the jihadis were also having a busy year. From Westminister, to Manchester to Charlottesville to Barcelona, our TV screens were yet again filled with images of blood, casualities, dead bodies, armed police…But what this year brought in comparison to previous years of terror attacks, was the emergence of the real threat that the extreme far right posed. And it was Charlotsville that where both worlds collided, the extreme far right vs the radical left, the neo-nazis vs the antifa, the hard conservatives vs the liberals, that illustrated more than ever before that now we exist in a two tier world, those who want to go back to the ‘good ole days‘, before the 1960s, where custom and conservative tradition was upheld, and where race and gender was not a social civil issue, and then to those opposite who maintain and support the current social world of liberalism, globalization, secularism and multiculturalism.
To me the Charlottesville protest, also known as the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, was not only a direct response to the removal of the statue of the Confederate general and slave owner, Robert E. Lee, but there was also a sense of confidence that their time was coming and this was supported by the rise of Donal Trump and his unexpected win in the presidential election. The electorate who took Donald Trump to the white house, did not all belong to the diverse number of white supremacist groups that attended the rally, like the KKK, neo-nazis, alt-right, militias, conservatives…rather it was the normal white middle and working classes that were frustrated with their static declining socio-economic position in a neoliberal globalised world. They may not all have been racist, but for sure there was a considerate small number of racists that probably did vote Donald Trump. Ironically, after the protest, there was a Washington poll conducted that found that just from an estimated 220 million adults, 22 million adults held racist views. Jesus!! 22 million! To tell you the truth racism did not go on holiday or was kicked out into space, it was always there, hidden, asleep, suppressed by political correctness.
My last words go out to those who lost their lives that day. Monitoring the rally, two state troopers died when their helicopter crashed and Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old legal assistant, a civil rights campaigner dies when a car driven by a racist mowed her down. May they all rest in peace. And may Heather’s effort, who gave her life in combating racism, inspire others to fight this evil.
We’re in the 21st century, why is nationalism and racism popular again? Why are people still racist? You will have to read my next blog post where i will explore and explain this phenomena.