Aight, I went on a camping trip before the Charlottesville protests, and I came back to find that someone died at the protests and the world is even angrier at Trump for doing nothing for two days. Four business executives, including Under Armour, Intel, and Merck, quit Trump’s manufacturing council. David Duke tweeted to Trump, “I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists,” which is completely false–it was actually the radical leftists, not the White Supremacists, who put Trump in office. It seems like everyone’s got it backwards.
Clearly the president (I can’t believe I’m calling that moron the president) should have spoken up immediately against the heinous act of driving a car into a crowd of people and then trying to run. You can’t equivocate here; one person from one side violently attacked the other, not the other way around. Yes, the Left has incited violence too (Wenjian Liu, Tim Tai, Richard Spencer), but not in this case. Violence is wrong. Murder is wrong. Trump should’ve done the right thing. Trump should’ve done the only thing. Yet for the 445th time, he dropped the ball.
In any case, I’ve noticed that everyone–everyone—seems to be ignoring shades of grey. It’s not just in this case. Check out the Google engineer who was fired for his manifesto–did anyone on your Facebook feed read what he actually wrote? He wrote that Google culture didn’t accept different viewpoints, and then he was fired for expressing a different viewpoint. He didn’t say women were incapable of being engineers. He didn’t say men were smarter. He did say that men and women are biologically different, but that’s true. He spoke out against political correctness, and then he was fired for being politically incorrect. David Brooks wrote a good column about it here.
It’s the same deal with the racism stuff. Not everyone who is against Black Lives Matter is a White Supremacist. Because Black Lives Matter is itself a racist organization, most people aren’t behind them. There are LOTS of pro-Black people who hate what they’re doing. There are more good pro-Black people against BLM than for it. These are people who employ common sense and live with dignity. Conversely, not all Alt-Right people are part of the KKK. There’s an obvious difference between advocating for the destruction of other races as neo-nazis do, and simply being proud of one’s southern heritage, which lots of people in the south do. There’s an obvious difference between someone who supports Whiteness for the sake of countering political correctness and someone whose support for Whiteness is a real form of racism. Instead of taking an opportunity to have a real conversation on race, the country is moving further and further to the extremes.
Anyway, I’m still on vacation. Man, did I pick the best year to go on vacation! Then again, it’s the nonsense from the Far Left and Far Right that prompted me to take this vacation in the first place…