Charlottesville

I’m about to go into promo overload for Book 3, but given where I live and recent events, I want to say something first about what happened in Charlottesville, VA on August 12, 2017. And it’s pretty much this:

White nationalism–Naziism, fascism, white supremacy, whatever title the news media tries to use–is a corrupt, corrosive, immoral, poisonous, amoral movement that has no place in the discourse of this nation.

And yet here it is, in broad daylight, shameless and proud, and I’m horrified.

But I’m not surprised. It’s impossible to live in this country and be surprised to discover that organized racism of this sort both exists and gets traction. So many of us like to think all of this is in the past. I think a lot of us found Obama’s election and re-election to be a hopeful sign; that if this country, of all countries, could manage to elect a black man twice, we were finally gaining momentum in the right direction.

I like to believe we still are. The public reaction I’ve seen to the events in Charlottesville has been heartening.

What isn’t heartening is the response of our government. What we have for a president right now is someone who’s either hopelessly ignorant, or an unapologetic fascist. I’m not sure which read is more frightening.

I don’t know what the fallout of all this will be. I don’t know what happens this afternoon, or next week, or in 2018. But I will say this:

HELL, NO.

They are the minority.

We will prove it. You and me together.

I have a voice. You have a voice. Use it. If you know someone who’s having trouble using theirs, or who isn’t being heard–help them. Be an amplifier. There are so many, many more of us than there are of the shrieking whiners who murdered someone on the streets on Saturday.

For now, we still live in a democracy. For now, we have the tools to beat back this assault on decency. Let’s use ’em.

Speak. Up. While you still can.

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