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Outsiders vs. Insiders: Media’s Charlottesville narrative – Racism, and Trump, are REALLY bad

The events that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia last weekend proved once again that all racial hate is bad.

99.9 percent of Americans already realized this fact; nonetheless, there were a lot of opportunists trying to make hay off of the aftermath of the commotion.

Trump on CharlottesvilleOf course the “bad” people are the “white nationalist” bipedal vermin that triggered the tragic chain of events that led to one person dying and dozens more sustaining injuries near the University of Virginia. “Bad” people also includes the race-obsessed forces on the political left who at the slightest provocation pull out the race card and flip it Ninja-style towards anyone who won’t swear absolute allegiance and fidelity to the god of political correctness.

I first heard about the Charlottesville riots while eating lunch at Burger King in Williamsburg, Virginia, where a TV was tuned to CNN (complete with video images of competing groups lashing out at each other roughly a hundred and twenty miles west of our location). The sound was muted but the script running across the bottom of the screen clearly indicated the CNN producers were spinning this confrontation as yet another illustration of the “Trump supporters are racists” theme and all the haranguing that goes along with insinuating that every conservative should be grouped in with those perpetrating mayhem on what would normally be a pleasant Saturday afternoon.

The patrons in the restaurant represented a diverse mix of ethnicities – black, white, Hispanic, Asian... You could sense the tension in the room as the images flashed across the screen. Has America really gone over the edge?

The feeling was ironic in the sense that my family had just attended a program at Colonial Williamsburg where slavery was the subject and we had engaged in a lively conversation with the interpreter who delivered the performance, openly discussing the issue of past racial injustice in a calm and reasoned manner. Everyone knows slavery was a huge ugly blot on the otherwise princely face of American history. No one’s trying to hide or deny it.

We learn from the past, both the triumphant and tragic aspects. Colonial Williamsburg may be the best place in the country to teach these lessons.

But was what went down in Charlottesville really characteristic of our country today? Roger L. Simon wrote at PJ Media after the events, “[A]re there more of these white supremacists than members of the equally violent and disgusting Antifa movement? Again statistics are hard to come by. (Both sides like to wear masks.) But I tend to doubt it. If anything, Antifa has been far more active, until Saturday.

“Obviously, none of this is to exonerate in the slightest the human excrement that descended on Charlottesville.  It's just to put them in perspective.  For the next week or two -- assuming we're not at war with North Korea -- we will hear non-stop geschreiing from our media about what a racist nation we are, how we have to come together, rend our shirts, investigate this and that and endlessly discuss how bad we are until we're finally forgiven at some undetermined point in an ever vanishing future that seems never to arrive.

“Don't play that game. What happened in Charlottesville isn't us. It's just a small group of real bad people. Indict them, convict them, and lock them up for a long as possible. The rest of us should move on. We have a lot better things to do.”

Yes indeed, we do have better things to do than listen to the wails of grievance from the race baiters who make a career out of trashing anyone who dares to focus on something other than their skin color-centric point of view.

In characteristic style President Trump responded to the Charlottesville incident by condemning the violence but at first didn’t name names, implying there was more than one group (or racial classification) to blame. That wasn’t sufficiently contrite for the racial thought police who read support for “white nationalism” into Trump’s lack of specificity.

California Rep. Maxine Waters was particularly harsh in her assessment. Naomi Lim of the Washington Examiner reported, “Rep. Maxine Waters excoriated President Trump on social media Sunday for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., saying the White House is now the ‘White Supremacists' House.’

“’Trump has made it clear - w/ Bannon & Gorka in the WH, & the Klan in the streets, it is now the White Supremacists' House. #Charlottesviille,’ Waters wrote on Twitter, referring to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka.

“The California Democrat added, ‘Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists & terrorists who showed up in Charlottesville. Is he sending a signal? Everyone must be careful.’”

Careful? Why? Are the Trump-following mind-controlled pale skinned people now in open rebellion?

Waters is an idiot but her mindset isn’t really that far apart from the mainstream views of the Democrat Party. Wasn’t it just two months ago yesterday that Congressman Steve Scalise and several others were shot by a leftist malcontent while practicing for the congressional charity baseball game (in Alexandria, Virginia)? Didn’t Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi and the entire House membership get together after the incident and call for unity?

Where’s the unity now? Where have the good feelings gone? Scalise faces many more months/years of rehabilitation from his wound but when a fringe group gets together to draw attention to themselves suddenly everyone’s back to being haters again?

The left’s outrage is selective, too. Where you’ve got a non-representative gathering of Nazi-revering skinheads in central Virginia the left says it’s all about Trump and conservatism. But whenever a leftist goes off the reservation it’s “hateful rhetoric” or tolerance of racism from Trump that propelled him to it.

I personally witnessed on Inauguration Day plenty of black-hooded leftist thugs protesting Trump and Republicans – and there were a number of signs with Nazi swastikas, which apparently doesn’t offend the skittish media as long as they’re in reference to a conservative.

Recently terminated (because of PC) CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord published a lengthy treatment on the hypocrisy in the media over the use of Nazi slogans and symbols. I highly recommend you read it if you have time.

All of this is just prelude to the left’s penultimate push to completely expunge free speech and any semblance of the past that doesn’t conform to their mentality. They’ve already forced the removal of several Confederate statues in various places and they’re bracing themselves in Richmond, Virginia for the coming battle over another Robert E. Lee figurine.

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner reported, “The capital of the Confederacy is bracing for the next fight over Civil War monuments and bronzes of southern generals, with a confederate heritage organization seeking to rally next month at the city's Robert E. Lee statue.

“Just a month after Saturday's deadly clash over Civil War statues in Charlottesville, Va., just 70 miles from Richmond, the group ‘Americans for Richmond Monument Preservation’ has applied for a rally permit for Sept. 16, according to reports.

“It has already sparked an online protest to kill the application, but a group associated with the preservation group claims it will go on.”

In other words, all of the establishment media networks will be descending on Richmond next month just waiting for something like Charlottesville to happen or for some hatemonger “white nationalist” to do or say something stupid and incendiary. Meanwhile the leftist college campus protesters can intimidate conservative speakers without any cries of foul from the judgmental media.

What ends up the loser in all of this? Rational discourse; compassion; understanding and yes, tolerance too.

The fact is, history is all-inclusive. Despite attempts to subjugate the painful parts of it—it’s still there for those who remember. It’s not possible to separate the bad from the good, looking back from a contemporary perspective. Judging Confederate leaders by modern notions of what’s right isn’t fair, or realistic.

Confederate history is an important part of American history, as are its leaders—never more so than in Virginia, where many of the Civil War’s important military campaigns were waged. The scars from the war are still seen today—a few in the physical sense, but mostly in the minds of those who still carry a grudge against men who fought it, and are long since dead.

It’s important to remember those men, for they gave their lives in similar fashion to what’s going on overseas today -- they died for what they believed in. For all but a few, that wasn’t to protect the institution of slavery. They died fighting for political freedom; home-rule; to save their homes from invasion.

Exploring the unfettered truth about American history and its uneven racial past is the only way to achieve real understanding today. It certainly won’t be realized by listening to the establishment media prattle on about how racist and “deplorable” Trump supporters are alleged to be.

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