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The Riots at Charlottesville, Virginia 11–12, 2017.

During the past 12 days, since the Charlottesville Virginia riots on the 11th and 12th, serious changes have occurred in America. The far-right represented by the Klu Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and other white supremacist organizations came to Charlottesville, Virginia to speak against the removal of a statue of General Robert E. Lee who led the Confederate armies during the United States Civil War. We all know how heinous, anti-Semitic, anti-black, and anti-immigrant these organizations are. No question. They were met by supporters of the statue who were against removal, including members of the Antifa, a violent, anti-democracy, far left organization (see subsequent post about this group).

This terrible riot ended in the tragic death of Ms. Heather Heyer, who had come to march against these far right groups. She was killed by James Alex Fields, Jr, a 20-year-old white supremacist who deliberately drove his car into the opposition crowd in an effort to kill and injure.

President Donald Trump, shortly after this event had occurred, spoke against these kinds of barbaric activities , but initially did not specifically single out and chastise the KKK, Neo-Nazis, and other right-wing groups. This was interpreted as “insensitive” and “racist” and really not speaking to the major cause of the riot, namely the right wing agitators. He further enraged the Media by saying that all sides should cease and desist from violence. This must be understood in light of the fact that a good portion of the Media deeply dislikes and despises President Trump. Later, Trump came back to the airways to single out the far right groups, but this was said to be “too little and too late.” The following day, the president got into a verbal battle with the Media and indicated that both their far right and far left( which indeed was the case) were responsible for the riots, which resulted in a venomous response from the Media, Democrats, corporate moguls, and a significant number of Republicans, who see this terrible event as the fault soley of the right wing and that Trump’s insistance that both sides are responsible indicates he is a racist and should not remain President. This situation is indeed threatening the Trump presidency.

What I wish to do is to: educate the readers of this blog about the Antifa, who were part of the resistance to the right at Charlottesville, who have received almost no notoriety, but who threaten our democracy as does the far right; indicate that not everyone feels that President Trump is a racist (as he is being called in the Media); and how the concepts and actions against statues, etc. threaten to erase our history, both good and bad.

I now follow with literature on these events gleaned from some thoughtful essays on the Internet and other venues.

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