Two years ago this week, white nationalists rioted in Charlottesville, Virginia. One of them murdered a peaceful protester, Heather Heyer, 32, by ramming her with his car. These things should be on the public’s mind as mourners continue to bury those murdered last week in El Paso and Dayton.
Despite the short attention span of much of the media today, these events have deep meaning to Americans.
The riot in Charlottesville two years ago was our watershed moment when the underground white nationalist movement emerged from the dark recesses of the Internet and savagely, boldly proclaimed racial hatred.
We haven’t seen the likes of it for close to half a century. It followed after the massacre at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina by an avowed white supremacist.
In Charlottesville, white nationalist marchers yelled racial, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs at individuals who lined the streets, some shouting words that might not be legally protected by free speech. They even chanted, “Jews will not replace us,” a Nazi slogan.
Where are we as a nation two years later? Where, spiritually, are the people of Charlottesville, whose citizens absorbed the