Will It Ever End? Charlottesville, Virginia and the Enemy Within
As our nation faces a foreign policy crisis in North Korea’s commitment to nuclear weaponry, it’s easy to forget the Will Durant’s axiom,
A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within.
The planned removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville, Virgina’s Emancipation Park has white nationalists and protestors, leaving one dead and 19 injured. The past April, The Charlottesville City Council voted to remove the statue, setting off a firestorm of backlash from white nationalist groups such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency to provide local authorities aid in quailing the violence.
From Bedminster, New Jersey, President Donald Trump called for an end of racial animus that dates back to the nation’s original sin of slavery that, even after the end of Jim Crowd, continues to plaque our nation. President Trump commented on the hostilities:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides.
Footage from Charlottesville is the latest of reminders that the ugliest which still exists in the United States is as much as national security threat as any threats from terrorists, Russia, or North Korea. As such, we must echo Durant as a reminder that Americans must find a way to jettison the evil or implode from it.
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