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View: Charlottesville: Race and Terror (2017), a VICE video. (Run time: 22:04) A warning (TW): this video contains offensive language, references to violence and hate speech, and may well be upsetting and hurtful to many viewers.

Charlottesville and the events there on a weekend in August 2017 were shocking to many who witnessed it both in person and via the many media outlets that covered the story.

In class, we have begun our look at how so many societies, both historically and today, divide people into those who are identified as “us” and “them.” We do this in a whole variety of ways and the identification of an “us” and “them” are often changing and have a certain fluidity.

That said, what happened in Charlottesville takes any notion of “us” and “them” well beyond a version 2.0 of the concept.

Reporter Elle Reeve (then of VICE News) covered the story and took us inside the thinking of some of the perpetrators of the violence in Charlottesville. To say the least, this clip (which I asked you to watch in connection with this post) is both eye-opening and terrifying.

So here’s what I’d like you to address in this post:

  • Why? Why is this happening now? And what does it portend for the future? (Yes, 2017 was a few years ago now but as you might imagine, it’s easy to draw a line from Charlottesville to what happened on January 6, 2021 and the ongoing polarization in this country.)
  • How would we describe the phenomenon that seems to be at work in Charlottesville? What’s motivating the different folks protesting there and why do they see the world as they do?
  • Finally, how is this phenomenon connected to what we were doing in class this week—that is, looking at the phenomenon of “bubbling” and categorizing?

Just in case you were not in class on Wednesday, we watched nearly all of a documentary on what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. The documentary was from PBS’ Frontline and was titled Documenting Hate, Charlottesville. Run time was 54 minutes.
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a) I think that this is happening now due to the 2016 presidential election. That presidential election created more division than unity and that division continues in this country. Obviously there was already division in the country but I think Trump was a very opinionated person, and whether or not you agreed with his opinions could say a lot about a person. Trump endorsed many white supremisist groups and people had the right to get mad at this. He would rarely shut down white supremacists and admit that they are in the wrong. Around this time the “Black Lives Matter” movement started getting more attention as well. Things were either black or white with that election and there was rarely an “in between”. For the future, I think things will probably stay the same from here on out. Once there is that immense amount of division it is difficult to unify everybody because what's done is done. I have hope for the future and creating a unified country by finding that "middle-ground" but that possibility is pretty improbable.

b) I think the phenomenon that’s going on in Charlottesville is pertaining to “white fragility”. White fragility is when white people get uncomfortable and defensive when racial inequality is presented. These white supremacists would chant things like “you can’t replace us”. That demonstrates that they are so intimidated by equality that they resulted to violence. The White supremacist side was motivated by hatred/ anger while the left side’s motivation was equality. I think the white supremacist side sees the world the way they do because they are so used to being praised for nothing. That side fears to be treated as people of color and that's why they resort to violence, in order to keep themselves above. I think the leftist side that showed up to retaliate and stand up for what they believe in, sees the world the way they do because most of them have had first hand experiences with racism.

c) This phenomenon of “white fragility” and the events that took place in Charlottesville are related to the bubbling activity because they focus primarily on race. Those white supremacists identify so much with their race that they are willing to use violence to defend themselves. Similar to most of these forms we looked at, you have to bubble in ONE box. There is no “middle-ground”. This is similar to these protests because there is no room for compromise especially if you will use racism towards people. It is also similar because you will be judged and treated accordingly to which “bubble” you fill in, either the white supremacists or the leftists.

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A.) I believe that what happened in Charlottesville occurred because of the traction that Donald Trump gave to these racist and anti-Semitic groups. Even before Trump officially won the election, his campaign took him all over the country where he was able to show his support to these groups. Then, once he won the election, these domestic terrorists saw it is the green light to come out of the shadows. They had been ostracized by the world and our country for quite some time until Donald Trump came along. In terms of the future, I think that we should have looked at it more closely and truly taken it as a warning. When we look back on it now, it seems that the signs were obvious. These so-called "nationalists" attacked the capital because they were gonna lose that green light that would allow them to spread their hate.

B.) I think that the phenomenon going on down in Charlottesville is one that of pure hate. It also seems to have been a long time coming. These groups have been in the shadow for so long just observing as the world worked without them in it. They saw the strides people of color were making and it angered them. I think the phenomenon that went down there was a melting pot of the anger these terrible groups felt, accumulated, and passed on from over the years. I believe that even the fact that the mayor of Charlottesville himself being Jewish was enough to stir them up into a frenzy of anger.

C.) I think that this phenomenon connects to what we were talking about in class, bubbling, because the white supremacists were categorizing themselves as separate from the rest of the country. They see themselves as this almost endangered species and, thus, categorize themselves as something other than their fellow Americans. One can also draw the similarities as the bubbling we looked at is so focused on one's race. These white supremacists are just as infatuated with their own race, their own whiteness that it drives them crazy.

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  1. The Alt-RIght was getting emboldened by the mid 2010s with them picking up steam with Obama 2nd term, but it exploded into mainstream internet users out of the corners of Reddit, 4Chan and Tumblr. They grew exponentially every day in 2016, using ''edgy'' memes and YouTube videos as a way to sort of recruit people online. This was their day of proving themselves sort of to ''own the libs'' in the ultimate way. People believe they aren't a threat because they aren't organized, they are the biggest threat because they are unorganized and untraceable. Trump also didn't wait for 3 days to condemn this hatred. This will only get worse I believe as the right is getting too strong for the American left to handle because they are maximizing their reach especially in young males, all it will take is one trump like win then their final piece is complete.

PS I wrote this W block before watching the video uh and they said the exact same thing as me

  1. As said in the documentary, there was a build up to finally an explosion of violence. It was a cycle of escalation of a much bigger issue in which Charlottesville became the rallying point for both sides. The police didn’t absolutely nothing to break the cycle throughout and this resulted in death. Cops and Klan go hand and hand. The exact same situation happened at the Capitol: lack of intelligence, spontaneous riots, and incompetent police. I remember I was watching videos on twitter of cops taking photos with these people during the storming.
  1. It connects to the bubbling in categorization because that is the only way they view the world. They don’t view you as a person if you are a minority you are in a race, you are nothing but it, unless you are white of course. Even if you are white, you aren't in their eyes, they don't even consider Eastern European, Baltic, or maybe Italian.
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a) This is happening now because of the running and election of Donald Trump for president. Before Donald was president these white supremacists and Neo-Nazi didn't have much of a voice and had to hid in the "shadows". During Trump's campaign he is seen supporting these groups and advocating for the ideology these groups espoused. Trump essentially gave these groups the green light to start being more open. The spark of these groups was being watched by everyone during the campaign. Trump's election created a division or a forest fire in American society which is currently still burning today. Our future, I believe, has a lot of problems in store for all of us to fix. We can only fix these problems if we have thoughtful discussion, protests, and debates where all ideas can be heard.

b) The phenomenon that is at work in Charlottesville is the embodiment of hatred. As I was watching the video my mouth dropped several times when I heard the hate speech coming out of the white suprmascists mouths. The whites supremacists and Neo-nazis claimed to be peaceful and not aggressive but the mood they set with their presence, voice, and actions demonstrated something different. What's motivating these racist groups is their need to feel superior. All through history we see how white people always believe they were superior then anyone who was not white or of european descent. The thought of not being superior makes them feel insecure because they are not used to being challenged. One thing that I found very ironic in this video is how someone commented about how “ White people built this country”. White people enslaved, manipulated, and destroyed people to do their bidding. The protestors from the left wanted and had a strong drive to fight for equality, which I think is more realistic but may never be achieved. Don’t know how anyone can feel more superior to someone else when in reality we are all human.

c) This is connected to what we are doing in class because in the video the different groups categorized and separated themselves from their opponents. The white supremacist feel that they are not “being heard”. Throughout the whole video we see them calling the anti-racists “filth”, “anti-white”,”blacks”, “criminal” etc. The racists used stereotypes to categorize these people which ultimately allowed them to call the opponents “they”. To the racists “they” meant “ the other people”, “they” meant “non human” , “they” meant “ less valuable”.

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Who is the “we” and who is the “they”?: Ruminating on the disquieting messages of Charlottesville

  1. What is happening, as we saw in the documentary is a result of the recent uprising of white supremacy due to our former president. This is not to say that white supremacy didn't exist before, but I believe that we are in a time where people are willing to take it to an extreme. Something that I need to inform myself more about is whether or not this was happening, for example, in 2010. I think it's easy for me as a newer generation just to know the recent events. These rallies and protests that I see majority coming from supporters of Donald Trump make me worried for the future. Many times with advancements in the twentieth century, such as technology and women's rights, for example, which has come a long way from what it was, makes me forget all the hate still going on. It makes me worry that with every step ahead of what we take as a society, there will be people who drag us down. Not necessarily saying that I freaking sample will become part of them, but they hate so detrimental to society that it is hard to live in a place where we don't see these acts of terrors.
  2. I would describe the phenomenon that was happening in Charlottesville as acts of Terror. This is Terrorism. This hate that comes from inside towards people who aren't white, for me is ignorance. It's ignorance because it shows that these people are uneducated and not learning about advancing our world. This void in their education weeds them always to have a mindset averse former history of racism. Education is critical because studies have proven that educated people tend to be wiser and think in their decisions. The actions we see in Charlottesville are very familiar in the textbooks we read in history class—proving to us that they are repeating history and not learning from it.
  3. Unfortunately, categorizing is a big mentality and way of thinking a lot of our society does. We don't live in a world yet that allows everyone to view each other as equal. This is not to diminish those who have achieved that level of intelligence, in my opinion. It's easy for white supremacists to categorize anyone who doesn't look like them and see them as a threat or as if they don't belong in a country like America that is a Melting Pot of different cultures. The thing that angers me the most is that people like them don't realize the importance of having others. The diversity would allow everyone to learn about new cultures and religions, and practices. It will enable you to further and deepen your understanding of the people around you.
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Anger and Sadness

1) Donald Trump encouraged white supremacists and neo Nazis to unite. These groups have existed for a long time and try to find someone to blame which are minorities. These people feel threatened by the rising influence and body of minorities and feel the need to assert their dominance through violence and backing up their superiority ideas. There is a lot of fighting and not a lot of solving between these two groups so I believe unfortunately that these protests will still be happening in the future because the nation at least is predicted to become more people of color and Spanish speaking. Trump basically supported the police officers to not act at all and since he’s a person in power, white supremacists see him as a role model and find more safety in expressing their extreme views. There is little conversation surrounding young people who find themselves drawn to RAM groups and the strength they represent so there should be better and more accessible platforms to talk about these things. It feels like we are moving backwards in progression in terms of racial equity and women’s rights. There are just a lot of powerful people who protect these white supremacists. I predict lots more violence and a larger legal allowance of these currently criminal and immoral acts like driving a car into a crowd of people.

2) The events happening not just in Charlottesville are years of silenced ideas coming to fruition. The white supremacists feel unheard and threatened by people of color and minorities, like being a neo Nazi. They stick to traditional white civilization values and even as individuals, white supremacists have probably either grown up or faced some sort of hatred and shame that makes them want to use their voice to feel a sort of power and control. They see themselves as a superior race, going back to European colonization and civilization ideas. It’s encouraging to have the support of so many others like Trump and even police officers who don’t really have solid planning skills and the information to protect people before danger occurs.

3) In class, I think that colleges and schools like to know the race/ethnicity of their potential students because they want to increase their diversity on campus. The work force and schools are still majority white but people are starting to realize the importance of diverse cultures in their lives and how it enriches their own understanding of the world. These racist and oppressive groups see themselves as better people and condemn anyone who isn’t like them: people of color, different religions, and those with challenges. These brainwashed people are using the concept of race or cultural practices for hatred and seeing that as the defining characteristic of a people, not the individual. There are just more divides being made between us as people but white supremacists are grouping everyone else into one inferior category. The raw footage in that video was insane, moving, and disheartening.

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Charlottesville Reflection

Why now and what does it mean for the future?

The marginalization of certain groups has always existed in the US, but its recent surge is driving the rise of white supremacist groups because ultimately, these groups aren’t “defending white people” or America as they claim, but rather attacking everyone that they do not believe belong in white America. These people have been able to gain power as they have been receiving support from state and national institutions and leaders, from the police all the way to presidents. (I believe it’s important to note here that it is not just Trump because that dangerously leads us to believe that everything is okay now that he is out of office.)

However, I think it is uniquely occurring now because of the rise of social media. First, news is purposely sensationalized and people are shown things that they like because social media companies are profit driven and this makes them the most money. Tragically, this is causing echo chambers where extreme ideologies are legitimized and strengthened. Thus, everyone’s beliefs are becoming more extreme and one sided, resulting in polarization. Second, social media allows for mass organization that would have previously been much more difficult. Both Charlottesville and Capitol Riots were clearly planned online as explained by those involved. Ultimately, social media is providing both the incentive and means to start conducting acts of domestic terror.

Without saying, it seems like everything is only worsening. Acts of domestic terror escalated from attacking local towns to the capital of the United States. Even though scholars had been warning prior to the Capitol Riots that ring wing extremists were showing fascist red flags, info on the Capitol Riots were everywhere on social media and thus could have easily been prevented by the NSA and other government agencies, we did nothing.

I’ve read studies that argue polarization is mostly concentrated in the older population, but the former FBI member in the documentary makes it clear that college students and the younger generation are very much involved, and they will only become more extreme in the future, and that needs to be addressed.

What is motivating this phenomenon?

Clearly, the astounding rise in domestic, right wing terrorism is dangerous to both the security of American citizens and American democracy, as a formerly ideology on the fringes of political discussion is now considered mainstream. While social media play a part, state and federal officials also play a critical role.

In the documentary, police refused to step in to stop the brutal attack of DeAndre Harris across the street from them, but protected the organizer of Unite the Right immediately and preemptively. Military personnel were present at Charlottesville, but as part of R.A.M. and not to protect citizens, and this also happened at the Capitol Riots.

On the other hand, governors, congressmen and even presidents have rather explicitly given their approval for white supremacist groups, like the Proud Boys, or incited hatred towards marginalized groups through actions such as the Muslim Ban, targeted language (Kung Flu), support for discriminatory policies, and more. In fact, after Charlottesville, Trump had condemned the counter protestors who he claimed were radical leftists and terrorists, and he received praise from right wing extremists for his statements.

At the end of the day, various factors come together to Unite the Right, bringing together individuals that are motivated by hatred and bigotry driven by increasing polarization and bipartisanship.

How does this relate to bubbling?

Our society has realized that by bubbling other peoples, it makes it easier to advance their own agendas. The perpetual foreigner bubbles all BIPOC, and especially Asian people, as non-Americans so that they are always first identified by their foreignness. Data shows that Islamophobia did not rise immediately after 9/11, but rather when politicians started pushing it to garner public support for war. Recently, politicians are engaging in anti-Asian propaganda and encouraging Sinophobia because politicians’ end goals are to maintain public support so that they may be reelected. Thus by putting them and their voters in a fragile bubble and portraying it as an easily popped bubble under attack from other people, they maintain their ratings and are able to push their political agendas without realizing the horrendous byproduct — the creation of domestic terrorists.

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Who is the “we” and who is the “they”?: Ruminating on the disquieting messages of Charlottesville

1. This is happening now because the system is allowing it to. Our former president Donald Trump is an example of this as he has incited violence from hate groups and his supporters many times. He has continuously made racist remarks and commended people who commit hate crimes. White supremacists and hate groups existed before Trump was president, but his comments and policies having that kind of authority emboldened these groups to commit more violence and some having done it specifically for Trump. There is a “new generation of white supremacists are pushing their politics into the mainstream.” Not only has Trump contributed to this problem and condemned this violence, but the actions of the police have encouraged white supremacists and hate groups to become increasingly confident and open in their actions. There are multiple parallels between the tragic events in Charlottesville and the insurrection at the Capitol this year, and one of them is the fact that police did the bare minimum, if anything at all, to stop the violence. If we look back to 2020 and BLM protests, they did not match that same energy and did not hesitate to intervene and this shows how the police have sympathy for white nationalists and don’t treat them as a threat, contrary to the evidence they are. This shows how systemic racism affects our society and white supremacists and hate groups can take advantage of their white privilege to escape facing consequences of the violence and crimes they commit.

2. I would describe the phenomenon that seems to be at work at Charlottesville to be an outcome of hate and white fragility. For whatever reason these people have these views, it comes from a place of ignorance and hatred. Seeing a monument being taken down that represents what they stand for would trigger a response to protest and this motivated them to all go down to Charlottesville and cause so much violence and destruction. They might see the world as they do because they grew up in families with racist beliefs or the environment(s) they have been involved in were filled with them. Their chanting of “you will not replace us” and “white lives matter” shows their white fragility because they get defensive and try to act oppressed or treated unjustly for hating groups of people simply for being different from them. The people there who protested the statue, such as anti-racist groups there, were motivated by their desire for justice and to get rid of the lasting legacy of the Confederacy because it was racist and the statue’s existence supports the hateful ideologies of that legacy. They might see the world as they do because they are minorities and the Confederate statue could be a painful reminder of dark parts of American history and the lasting effects of slavery and still ever-present racism, misogyny, homophobia, and other forms of hate toward minority groups.

3. This phenomenon is connected to what we did in class this week in looking at categorizing people because it shows how big an impact race has in our societies. The white supremacists categorize people based on their race and immediately dismiss the idea that they are human beings worthy of compassion and a successful and fulfilling life. When we have to bubble in a race in forms, such as the ones we looked at in class, it forces us to choose a side and limits our identity and denies that we are multifaceted beings. This is how society sees individuals and we are often limited to our race or ethnicity and other factors such as gender or religion that cause people to define us as one thing.

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Who is the "we" and who is the "they"?

This is happening now because Donald Trump made it ok for White Nationalist and Neo-Nazis to do acts of violence. Although Donald Trump doesn’t directly tell them to do these acts of violence, by not publiclly condemning this behavior caused these radical groups to rise without fear and allowing them to interpret that the President of the United States is supporting them. Moreover, the internet also plays a big role in uniting radical people and organizing them into this behavior. The violent attack in Charlottesville warns that something like this will happen again and isn’t going to go away especially because Charlottesville was a success, encouraging more acts of violence.

What was happening in Charlottesville was pure hate and violence. It is a group of people using violence to try to get their ideas out and assert dominance. The motivation of the White Nationalist is the belief that they are superior to other races. It is also the mindset that those who are not like white like them do not belong in the US. They view the world that way because of how they were raised and how they were educated. There may be a sense of pride and arrogance associated with being white that was passed on by their ancestors and now when the world is changing they feel like they are losing something. I also agree with pseudonym’s point about ignorance playing a great role. I would define ignorance in this case as not understanding others and just being stuck with one’s own ideas. Although white supremacist maybe what they are because of they enviroment and how they were raised, not looking into history and truely understanding the point of view of many also shaped their view of the world.

Throughout the video, the people that participated in Charlottesville made broad generalizations and stereotypical statements about Blacks and those who didn’t have the same beliefs as them. By categorizing people, they distance themselves from them and in a way dehumanizes the others, and therefore making them feel ok to resort to violence.

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Donal Trump's promotion of Anti-Semetic, Xenophobic, Anti-black, and Anti- Asian sentiments through words, inaction, and policy- not only welcomes but further perpetuates the authority, protection, and presence of white supremacy in the United States. The presidenital election of 2016 was a breeding ground for the banding of white supremacist. Those bothering themselve with the election could read through Trump's slight codes, understanding that Trump's memory of a "Great America" was memory of the Confederacy. Having a walking embodiment of the social culture of the confederate America as the President was like God returning to the Earth for anyone who twinges thier eye at progressiveness. He lived thier fantasy- proclaiming racists beliefs on national TV, making progression all that harder in Presidential office, all the while assualting women- unscathed. Their twisted vices grew, seeing what Donald could od, knowing they would be protected by their orange god.

Plus, the advnacement of social media enabled the banding of whtie supremacist o reassemble with more ease, covertness, and scope.

Charlottesville is in Virginia, Southern United States- a prior slave state and member of the confederacy. Population of Charlottesville is below the average poverity line, with roughly 80 percent of the entire population being white. Poor white Americans have the habit of blaming non-white people for their poverty. The practice stems from the economic failure of the post bellum South, amounting their failure to policies of the Republic Party (of the time)- specifically the 13th amendment. Their desperate clinging to conservative ideals (Christianity, gender roles, racism, belief of superiority, heterosexuality, etc.) has acquired multiple theories from Black scholars/ theologians. All agree that with the progressment of nonwhites in the United States, the greater the public opposition from those trying to protect the system that provides them privilege.

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1) This is all happening now because former President Trump subtly promoted white supremacy throughout his presidency, allowing for a large wave of neo-Nazi and alt-right movements to emerge and cause destruction. This was definitely going on behind the scenes in America, but was given a platform to come out of the woodworks and start problems. Because he failed to condemn white supremacy, these hate groups felt that it was their time to act. This could be an issue in the future if current politicians don't outright condemn them, and they could grow to be even more violent and hateful.

2) In Charlottesville, the protesters that represented BLM and other left-leaning organizations and groups were challenged by alt-right and white supremacist groups. The left protesters were mainly there to speak up on injustices in the Black community and to bring light to police brutality and its victims. However, the right sees them as a threat and a "terrorist" organization, and felt the need to retaliate in a violent way. This is what leads to all the riots that we have heard about on the news.

3) This relates to the categorizing that we have been looking at because the opposing sides of the political spectrum categorize each other in a way that isn't entirely accurate and largely based off of stereotypes.

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This moment in history is one of great social unrest, and polarization has been rising for years. When Donald Trump was elected president, these tensions came to a head, as he provided an environment where the far right felt represented and called into the open. Like the video said about the KKK member that thanked Trump for standing up for them, far right militants across the country took the election of Donald Trump as a signal to become increasingly violent and bold, and attempt to take their hate mainstream. Trump failed to condemn these groups, and sometimes, actively condoned their actions, telling groups like the proud boys to “Stand back and stand by.” Even with Donald Trump no longer in office, these violent alt-right groups are still attempting to take their politics mainstream, spelling more hate fueled violence in the future if it isn’t stopped.

The phenomenon that seems to be at work in Charlottesville seems to be a hive mindset influenced by extreme hate. Hateful rhetoric is spread through communities of like minded people, and they are influenced to act violently on these growing beliefs. In today’s day and age, these recruitment communities are unfortunately ever more prominent with internet chatrooms connecting propaganda from across the globe. Another location for these views of hating groups of people to be spread is in our prison system, just like the leader of the shite supremecist group mentioned in the video. The people at the protest are lashing out in hate against their fear of the unknown, which leads to a cycle of ignorance begetting violence. The counter protesters come to Charlottesville to show the protesters that the people of color and other minorities that the white supremacist groups scapegoat, are not willing to be treated with such violence and hate.

This phenomenon is connected to what we were doing in class this week because it comes as a result of this stereotyping and categorizing. When people group others by an arbitrary classification and refuse to understand the nuances and differences between members of that population, they actively dehumanize those individuals. This dehumanization can lead to fear and distrust, which in some hateful spaces can begin to breed violence. Often, violence comes as a result of the unknown, and categorizing or bubbling is the first step leading to this. This means that on the flip side, the first step to dismantling our culture of division and hate in this country is to get to know people “beyond the bubble.” That means each and every one of us needs to rethink how we group and stereotype, and challenge those previously held views with really getting to know people that you would not normally come into contact with. This may mean people who look different than you, maybe they have a different religion, maybe something else you are not familiar with, but anything to familiarize yourself with the idea that no human fits neatly into a box.

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Charlottesville: Race and Terror

  1. I believe that this was happening back in 2017 because this group was given indirect support from Donald Trump during and after the election. Since Trump is a public figure, as in the president, and did not openly denounce any of the white supremacist beliefs, the people of R.A.M or any other Neo-nazi group took his silence against the subject as a green light to proceed what they were doing. We see how the acts of Charlottesville impacted the march on the capital back in January, 2021, because many of Trump’s loyal followers are Nazis or racists and feel supported by him, so when he called upon his supporters to march for “freedoms” and to “protect the constitution,” he knew exactly which group he was asking for help. I have to believe that Trump’s urge to win the presidential election back in 2020 was also another reason that these people felt influenced to do this and supported by a higher authority. Since he knows that most of these voters do believe in or support white supremacy he never openly denounced it because he never wanted to lose votes from the people that adored him, and we all know how Trump likes to be adored.
  2. Some people describe the phenomenon that occurred in Charlottesville as “White fragility,” meaning that when dealing with race issues, like what happened earlier in 2020 with the BLM marches and movements, these people get defensive and act out in an argumentative way. The other group of protesters, who were less violent, don’t have a phenomenon, unlike the white supremacists, because they were there to protest against the hate the supremacists were preaching. The supremacists view the world as “in need of fixing” because our society changes and voices for activism and racial equality get louder; they feel like they are losing power, so they act out in an event like Charlottesville.
  3. A lot of the hate the supremacists radiate are towards certain groups that they deemed as those groups. They shout hate for Jews and Black people, and those are both categories we talked about when we looked at the bubbling activities. The in-class documentary video also talked about how most of the leaders of the white Nazi groups in America were ex-felons from jail, where they were separated by race, and plays part in why their hate for different groups and how they use the bubbling phenomenon.
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1. To this day, racism is still deeply rooted into our modern world. Groups of people come together because they believe they have to spread their opinion. Lots of groups tend to believe that their own opinion is the only right one, hence them joining a group pertaining this. Some of these groups strive to spread love, hate, extremism, peace, violence, etc.. The events in Charlottesville included a group of white supremacists and a smaller group of anti-racist activists. Ending up in severe violence, I believe that these events occurred because as mentioned before, people are strongly opinionated. Lots of times, you may not realize how strongly you feel about a topic until someone says the opposite of how you feel. When each side saw the other side so expressive of their opinion, things got rough. I think this is a preview of how the future will look like. Hopefully not, but I feel as if people are going to get more violent as time goes by because politics and personal beliefs have become such a hot topic. In my eyes, the 2016 presidential election opened another window for more violence like this. We saw this when the KKK group thanked Trump for standing up for them.

2. These Charlottesville events were formed from straight hatred. As a person who is definitely against white supremacy, seeing those advocates being so violent really impacted me. I feel so strongly against hate and violence. I think many people would agree with how I feel, but also many people would disagree, feeling as if they enjoy being violent and hurting people who have opposite ideas. At times, it is important to respect the other party, however when there is explicit racism and straight up wrong, this is where respect becomes lost. These strong feelings motivate people to start protesting. I also believe that people see the world the way they do because of upbringing. You can be brought up in any way; either following your parents views, your friends views, or forming your own views based off of things that you experience. It´s hard for me to completely answer this question, because I really do not know why someone would grow up believing that white supremacy and racism is okay.

3. In class, we focused a lot on stereotypes and categorizing. Unfortunately, categorizing is a mentality that fills up most of the minds in our society. Our world does not allow for everyone to love everyone and see through color. We can see examples of this categorizing mindset in racist groups. These racist groups see themselves as above, putting a stereotype on everyone else, labeling them as inferior.

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