I almost find it amusing the degree to which people try to justify the actions of those in our society who are determined to let their bigotry and prejudice dominate their lives.
The nation’s president, Donald J. Trump, is amongst them, with his daily changes in statements where he’s determined to give the impression that the people who protested against the racists in Charlottesville, Va., are just as much to blame as the bigots who caused the action that resulted in a fatality and many injuries.
I RECENTLY STUMBLED onto a conversation by some individuals about that incident (I wasn’t a participant; but they knew who I was, that I was there and could hear what they said) who seemed to see a significance in the fact that the white supremacists got a permit from the city for their protest.
But the counter-protesters did not!
Does it really matter that someone took the time to go to City Hall and deal with the bureaucracy to obtain a permit for a public gathering that was intended to rile up the citizenry?
Should it matter that those who were angry went ahead and expressed their outrage? Which is, after all, one of those legal rights our society is based upon. Or do we only permit people to speak out with the appropriate permit in place?
THESE THOUGHTS POPPED into my head after learning of the Tuesday night protest that occurred outside the Chicago Police Department area headquarters at Belmont and Western avenues – three people wound up being arrested.
One tried to strike a police officer while another tried interfering with police when they were arresting someone else. A third insisted on trying to walk during the protest in the middle of the street – instead of the sidewalk as police requested/demanded/insisted.
This protest was meant to express the idea that police were just as much a part of the white supremacist structure of our society.
I have no doubt that some in our society will want to view these people as being the real problem, and not those people who choose to wear swastika-bearing logos or the blood-drop symbol of the Ku Klux Klan or any of the other myriad symbols that exist for fringe groups whose only purpose is to make those white people who join them feel less insecure about their place in life.
THESE PEOPLE WHO are more than eager to shift the blame are the ones to whom Trump is speaking with his continually-changing comments that relate to the happenings of Charlottesville.
Just as Trump knows he got elected president despite the political opposition of a majority of the population who bothered to vote, but doesn’t concern himself with that fact, he’s now focusing on appeasing that segment of society determined to live their lives in some sort of fantasy existence.
One in which it’s still the 19th Century and certain types of people can be marginalized with full legitimacy.
I’m sure in the mindset of Trump and his staffers, the 46 percent of the electorate who voted for him are the only people who matter – and a majority of them probably have no problem with the presidential double-talk and inability to pick a side against bigotry with regards to this issue.
ONE OTHER POINT that some like to try to make is that the original protest by the supremacists last week was meant to be a statement against the removal of century-old statues (in many cases) commemorating the leaders of the failed Confederacy.
Statues that, in many cases, were erected by government officials wanting to make a public statement about which “side” of the racial equation they were backing.
If anything, the latest outbursts may well wind up scaring enough public officials into wanting to remove those statues because of the stink they impose on our society as a whole.
Which would be a societal plus if the outcry winds up becoming the impetus to removing those memorials to a cause that advocated treason against our nation – and ought to have been eradicated so many decades ago.