Sikivu Hutchinson: Statesman racists like Washington, Jefferson and other “founding fathers”, are rarely viewed through the same withering public lens as Confederate standard bearers, even though they were at the forefront of enshrining white supremacist policies that codified the hypocritical lie of American democracy.
Peter Laarman: As many Black pundits and activists have been pointing out, we have arrived at a real moment of truth for white people, specifically for white liberals, many of whom seemed fairly oblivious to the ugly reality of persistent white supremacy until Charlottesville exploded.
Victor Rothman: While fascist movements and governments often rely on violent street thugs like those in Charlottesville, fascism is much more than a right-wing putsch by these goons.
Richard Greeman: “Progressive” Democratic legislatures and city fathers, by dividing the races with permanent concrete barriers and withdrawing support from the poor, white, black and brown, neighborhoods, effectively assassinated what was once a community, and they know it.
Steven Singer: During my lifetime, people started to equate having a black President with the end of racism. Somehow they ignored the everyday reality for most black people.
Rob Okun: How is it possible after all the years colleagues and I have been writing and speaking about the gender of the killers—from Columbine to Orlando—that coverage of murder suspect James Fields. Jr. failed to point out the obvious: he was a disaffected, alienated 20-year-old male. Sound familiar? Recognize the profile?
Jose-Antonio Orosco: King said the love that we ought to have in the struggle for justice is the kind that acknowledges all people, even the white supremacists, as human beings. And human beings are capable of making their own moral choices and being held responsible for their actions.
Robert Reich: Trump’s unwillingness to denounce hateful violence has been part of his political strategy from the start.
john a. powell: This Southern Strategy has now clearly morphed into a national strategy. But what were once coded messages are now explicit, loud, and clear, and are coming from those in the highest positions of political power.
Joe Palermo: A 20-year-old self-described Nazi killed a good person in cold blood with his car and the President says “many sides” were responsible.
Instead of standing up to the terrorists, Trump has refused to even name the threat. He refused again when he was asked about the violence in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer.
Murray Polner: One of the few outspoken whites, Ole Miss historian James Silver, damned the state as a “closed society—totalitarian, monolithic and corrupt” and eventually left to teach at Notre Dame.
Stephanie Jones-Rogers: How is it legally possible for a police officer to kill someone, whether their victims are African American or not, and not be charged with, or convicted of, any crime?