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Charlottesville: White Christian Ignorance

Quick rant.

I just stumbled upon a blog post by a person who used the analogy of their eating disorder to compare the compelling evil of Satan to the evil we witnessed in Charlottesville over the weekend. According to the blogger, the power of Satan is compelling people to lie and commit acts of evil. The blogger used the example of their eating disorder as an example.

To say that I am speechless is an understatement.

The person who wrote this, follows my blog and is therefore going to see this for which I am not going to apologise. (Before I proceed however, I’ve had a severe eating disorder myself and I’m not denying its evil hold, so I can empathise with the struggle.)

My mother used to always say that we give the devil too much credit, and for once I am going to agree with her. What we witnessed over the weekend was terrorism:

the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims.

So this is how the events on Saturday unfolded…

According to an article in the Guardian, Virginia has one of the most relaxed sets of laws in the US. Alt Right groups came from different states, having chosen their territory, like a sniper marks its target. These terrorists came with guns, pepper spray, eggs, clubs, vehicles.

They came to kill. 

Speakers, such as the white nationalist Richard Spencer, had planned to address the Unite the Right crowds descending on a public park to defend a statue honoring the Confederate general Robert Lee, which is set to be removed by the Charlottesville authorities. It was the largest event in recent times organized by emboldened far-right racist extremists.

But the police had to cancel the event, due to the tension between the two opposing sides, which then erupted into violence, when the alt-right attacked the other side with a vehicle and then with the rest of their weapons.

That’s not satanic possession. That’s terrorism.

People on social media are saying that Antifa and BALM (Black Lives Matter) were just as much to blame for the violence. Firstly: 

Secondly, if I came at you with a club or a knife, what the fuck would you do? Would you just stand there? The left were protesting against the celebration of monuments of slavery, to which the right responded with violent opposition. This was war. The violence came from the alt-right. 

Furthermore, to dismiss these acts as “signs of the end times” (which is also what the blogger referred to the attacks as), is a dismissal of hundreds of years of black suffering, and therefore displaying hundreds of years of white ignorance, which is why this was allowed to happen. White supremacists want to bring America back to a time before colour touched your soils, however America is built upon racism – the blood, sweat and tears of people of colour. Your rivers run with the outpouring of that suffering.

When are you white people going to get it?

Does blaming demons for you past console your white guilt?

Medieval Supremacy

If you would like to read more on the history of White Supremacy in Charlottesville, then I highly recommend this article: Racism, Medievalism, and the White Supremacists of Charlottesville,  (2017) by Josephine Livingstone.

XOXO

Author:

I’m Cece Alexandra and I have Epilepsy. Since being diagnosed, my life has changed significantly. After studying and teaching Humanities and Literature for all of my adult life, I was bullied and lost my job a month before qualifying to become an English Teacher. Once you fail the Teacher Training course in England, you cannot ever retrain; I then became too sick to work because of my Epilepsy. I am now currently studying an MSc in Mental Health Psychology with the University of Liverpool. My disability provokes me into raising awareness for invisible disabilities, which I also actively partake in with Epilepsy Action. Part of that awareness is to help fight against invisible disability discrimination - I believe that this behaviour is not cognitively unconscious; modern society is actively partaking in a hierarchy of disabilities and I believe that there is not enough psychological research to prove this. I am also clinically interested in Cultural Psychology - particularly Collectivist Culture, and wish to pursue this further in my academic career.

8 thoughts on “Charlottesville: White Christian Ignorance

  1. I’ve been trying to decide what to say – I’ve tried four different thoughts and none of them sounded quite right.
    I wanted to talk about how white supremacists are ultimately afraid, that fear leads to anger and anger leads to hate – which results in suffering.
    I wanted to talk about the time I went to a foreign country and I was stared at and I couldn’t tell if people were afraid I was going to oppress them somehow or how my friend worried for my safety because her country’s radicals weren’t known to be kind to my kind and they happened to march in the streets while we were out shopping and we had to leave without being seen by ducking in and out of shops and waiting for them to pass by.
    I wanted to talk about how sad that this is yet another event in the history book and the last few years of tension wasn’t enough to get us to confront what’s going on.
    And I wanted to mention that I don’t like giving too much credit to the devil because most white supremacists are ultimately Christian and people will have to confront how they use the Bible to justify what they believe and few Christians who believe in inerrancy are equipped to deny God’s word – even a botched interpretation built on a flawed premise.
    But I get it – I’m white and therefore evil. I’m guilty of thousands of years of arrogance. I might personally be a non-racist, but that will never be enough – and I’ll never be able to do enough to wash my hands clean. My ancestors fought for both the Union and the Confederacy and odds are the further back you go, you’ll eventually find someone who owned someone else. They probably killed Native Americans, too – which is all unforgivable and will taint me and my children as long as we are all born white.
    At least I now know what it’s like for my German friend who has to deal with the Nazi legacy even though those events are from a history long before his time – constantly apologizing and trying to prove that he’s nothing like that.
    She’s trying – hopefully she gets points for that. She’s speaking up – hopefully that gets an acknowledgement. She’s trying to understand it by tying it to an experience she had – hopefully that gets a little consideration. It should all count for something, right? Even if she didn’t get it just right?

    1. I’m not asking for anybody to try to understand what it’s like. My partner is White German and he gets that I don’t have the time to educate him on black history, or to make sure that he speaks up. He does and that’s great, and if your friend does that, then that’s great too, however why should that count for something? Why should white people get “brownie points” for doing something moral?
      Furthermore, your experience in a foreign country doesn’t equate to a lifetime experience for a person of colour. People of colour are stalked, tortured and killed on their home turf every day – in the US and UK. If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I lost my job just for being black and disabled.
      Therefore you cannot relate to me.
      We’re not asking you to apologise, we’re not asking you to relate, we’re asking you to let us live our lives.
      Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

      1. Tell that to the guy who wrote this:
        “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

      2. If you won’t let me be on your side, and I refuse to join the other side, where does that leave me? At least the guy who wrote that – Martin Luther King, Jr. – realized that it takes all of us together to make a change. He wasn’t alone. Nor are you. Even if you don’t want me on your team.

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