Charlottesville

This is a bit personal for me. I went to graduate school at the University of Virginia. Charlottesville is a great college town. I spent six of the happiest years of my life there. I met my wife there. I made lifelong friends there. I started my career as an astronomer there. It’s one of the few cities I would consider moving to from my current digs.

So to see a bunch of alt-right white-supremacist clowns walking around with tiki torches and chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans hurts. I absolutely support their right to free speech, of course. If people hold vile views, I want them to publicly own it. As fellow UVa Astronomy alum Phil Plait put it:

The proximate cause was Charlottesville’s decision to sell off some confederate monuments, part of a national movement to get rid of such monuments. While I am very attentive to history, I’m also aware that most of these monuments were erected as protests against the Civil Rights movement. So I’m not opposed to seeing them go.

Things got worse this afternoon. After counter-protests and some violent clashes caused the alt-right rally to break up, someone drove a car into the crowd. I won’t embed the video, but it’s easy to find. It looks deliberate to me. And if so, it was an act of terrorism. And I hope they throw the book at the piece of garbage who did it.

I suppose we should take some comfort in that The National Rally for Racist Pieces of Shit only managed to get a few hundred of these dopes. But that’s cold comfort when I see people being mowed down on a street I once walked down in a happy daze because a pretty girl had gone out on a date with me. Any Nazis are too many Nazis.

Update: A good and balanced first hand account.

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  1. West Virginia Rebel

    Of course the usual Hollywood and leftist suspects are trying to make this all about Trump. Trump himself said the right things in response, but the Other Side is still going to smear the right with these idiots. Does Trump deserve some of the blame for his past rhetoric? Yes, but the Left has had its own share of violence. There’s more than enough screwball hate to go around on both sides.

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  2. repmom

    WVR,
    Several Republican Senators and the Governor of Virginia, I believe, didn’t seem to think Trump’s response was adequate.

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  3. repmom

    “Best regards to those injured today” says POTUS.

    I’m trying to remember the last time I used that – Best Regards. I’m pretty sure it was in a formal letter, to someone I did not know, and I didn’t know how else to end it.

    They hadn’t been mowed down by a vehicle.

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  4. repmom

    Exactly, Stogy. When given one in a rally, he said he always wanted one. Who in their right mind ever wanted a Purple Heart? Insane.

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  5. CM

    Empty platitudes – if he really meant it (the little that he even said) he wouldn’t have made enabling these types a centerpiece of his CAMPAIGN, and encouraged violence against his enemies, and then continued it as POTUS. FFS. Party of responsibility, more of a joke than it ever was.

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  6. ilovecress

    Jesus WVR. A young radicalised male inspired by a hateful ideology drives a car into. a bunch of Americans, and your response is to whinge about the left?

    Can’t we all agree that the fact that an actual Nazi rally happened in the US, and that obviously some of them are getting radicalised is pretty fucked, and go from there? Or is it all fine, because something something Hollywood?

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  7. repmom

    Can’t we all agree that the fact that an actual Nazi rally happened in the US, and that obviously some of them are getting radicalised is pretty fucked, and go from there? 

    Seems like a pretty simple, fair request to me, ilovecress.

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  8. ilovecress

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  9. CM

    Jesus WVR. A young radicalised male inspired by a hateful ideology drives a car into. a bunch of Americans, and your response is to whinge about the left?

    Total abdication of responsibility. At least they’re consistent.

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  10. Balthazar

    Jesus CM. A young radicalized male inspired by a hateful ideology drives a car into. a bunch of Americans, and your response is to whine about the Trump??

     

     

    See how that works?

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  11. repmom

    Don’t you just love it when the President “goes rogue” during a live press conference. David Duke seemed pleased. A few Repblican Senators, like Marco Rubio – not so much.

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  12. CM

    The GOP are in power though, nothing else apparently matters. Some Nazis are really nice once you get to know them (see vice.com video above).

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