We Cannot Condemn The Violence In Charlottesville Strongly Enough

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What just happened in Charlottesville, Virginia should break all of our hearts. This is not what our country is about, and I am really struggling to find words that are strong enough to denounce the violence that we just witnessed. Hating people because of the color of their skin is evil. I know that a lot of people are trying to put a political spin on what happened in Charlottesville, but the truth is that it had absolutely nothing to do with normal political discourse. A very, very small group of people that are filled with hate have been trying to draw attention to themselves, and now thanks to a senseless act of violence the eyes of the entire world are on them. The rest of us need to join together to strongly denounce them, because their kind of hate has no place in our society.

 

Many of you already know that I attended school in Charlottesville. I have a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, and I absolutely loved my time there. There is nothing like Charlottesville on a crisp autumn day, and I will always remember my long strolls along The Lawn. Without a doubt, I will always love UVA and the friendships that I made there will stay with me for the rest of my life.

So it deeply angers me that a very small hate-filled group of racists is dragging the name of my beloved Charlottesville through the mud. Now, instead of being known for all of the wonderful things it should be known for, Charlottesville will primarily be known for one unspeakably evil violent act

In Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 other people were injured when a car plowed into a group of counterprotesters.

Two state police officers also died when their helicopter crashed near town while they were trying to assist in the city Thomas Jefferson called home.

The word “demonic” definitely fits what took place, and my hope is that the entire nation will so loudly condemn what happened that it will greatly discourage any similar racial violence in the future. And fortunately, prominent leaders all over the country are already denouncing this senseless violence in extremely strong terms. For example, Pastor Darrell Scott posted the following message on Twitter

“There’s no way to justify or defend the abominable behavior of the hate groups responsible for the violence & destruction in Charlottesville”

And I think that Franklin Graham was right on point with the following statement…

Pray for Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe, law enforcement, and everyone struggling to deal with the chaos and violence that reared its ugly head in Charlottesville today. It is such a tragedy—life was lost and many people were injured. Violence and hatred aren’t the answer. God’s Word tells us, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31). Join me in praying for the injured, the families of those who died—and for peace to be restored.

A tragedy like this should unite all of us.

These are no “sides” to take in this matter, and there is nothing to debate. What was done was purely evil, and it was birthed out of a worldview that is purely evil as well. The following comes from Dr. Michael Brown

There is nothing American about White Supremacism — nothing heroic, nothing praiseworthy, nothing patriotic. It is a rotten, ugly mindset full of hatred, bigotry, and pride, and every person of conscience should denounce it. It degrades others who are also created in the image of God and takes His name in vain to further its cause. Whatever our political or racial or ethnic background, as Americans, we need to stand together against it.

Lastly, Ivanka Trump summed up things very well when she posted this statement on Twitter

“There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.”

I simply do not understand the hatred that fuels racist hearts.

As a Christian, the Bible tells me that God considers every single individual to be of immense value. In fact, God loved each one of us so much that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for our sins.

So if Jesus was willing to die for someone, who are you to hate that person?

If you regularly follow my work, then you already know that I have been a very outspoken opponent of racism for many years. If we don’t learn how to start loving one another, it is difficult to see how we are going to have any sort of a positive future. Racism is an evil that needs to be eradicated, and my hope is that this great tragedy will start to bring the nation together and that a season of healing will begin.

Michael Snyder is a Republican candidate for Congress in Idaho’s First Congressional District, and you can learn how you can get involved in the campaign on his official website. His new book entitled “Living A Life That Really Matters” is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.com.

   
  • abcd

    what ssri were they on? why does no one ever ask what drug they’re on?
    pretty much every murderer is high on some pharma drug (except for jihadists who kill to please Allah)

    • The Black guy with the “flame thrower” was shown from start to finish on YouTube and he was later interviewed about it. The “flamethrower” was a can of spray paint that a fat, old white-trash threw at him, hitting him square in the head — all on live-feed for the world to see. He picked up the spray can as the Nazi was trying to poke him or goad him with a Confederate flag. He IMPROVISED a pretty awesome response to the terrorist by lifting up his lighter to the otherwise empty spray can, and creating a nice little “F.U.” to the criminal who first assaulted him.

      You should better know what you’re talking about in the future, because the guy you’re trying to condemn was not the bad guy.
      theroot. com/interview-how-corey-long-fought-white-supremacy-with-f-1797831277

      When you underline that a black guy with a flame thrower pointed at the whites was not reported by MSM, you were LYING. It was indeed where most of us even heard of him!

      • 4K HDR

        Just repeating what I read or heard. Don’t have time for most news anymore.

        • And see? I can’t even blame you then, because that’s what so many people do — they “hear” or think they hear such-and-such, which grows into an even bigger tale the next time they tell it, with even more exclamation points after it each subsequent telling, then the myth becomes a legend, then the legend becomes fact (to those who want it to be true).

          It’s irresponsible to repeat unsubstantiated claims; it’s even worse to repeat outright lies (which you didn’t bother to determine before spreading). This is how we look stupid in the eyes of the Left, because we do this A LOT. Even Facebook (which I’d never go on in a million years even if you paid me) had to stop doing what you just did. They had to pay for some algorithm to stop the malicious or accidental dissemination of fake news.

          • 4K

            After seeing a photo I’m not sure if u r correct. But to pa s my test I’m going to have to block Soros paid people temporarily & learn the stuff.

          • Well, as fun as it is to believe that those shrieking Nazis and so-called Confederate fans were paid by Soros in order to discredit/ruin Crooked Donald, it’s actually easier to believe that they showed up all on their own. In fact, after all of the Nazi fundraising to pay for the buses to bring the White Power crowds to the Unites the White riots, PayPal and other money-collecting sites dumped anyone whose ideology is pro-hatred.

            So if the Reich-wing does in fact manage to show up again in significant numbers, we can guess that Soros somehow shot them the funds to gather. But after PayPal, et al, blocked the Nazis from using their platforms, we saw how small the “crowd” was in Boston. It looked like twenty or thirty people! And AirBnB was letting the Anti-Fascists stay for free, haha

  • Getaclue

    What happened in Virginia was a convergence of leftist groups, Antifa, BLM and the White Nationalists… it was the modern day brownshirts vs. the communists. One cannot expect any different outcome then violence.
    Trump was correct to condemn all these groups.
    Would be nice if the MSM would also include the Antifa and BLM in the blame for the violence.
    The seeds of racial discontent was sown by Obama and the Democrats… it’s now a full grown problem.

    • abcd

      Everything bad is sown by George Soros and other Bilderberg members who we vote for with our dollars.

  • cheerdiver .

    VA has a carpetbagger for a governor, what else would you expect. He WANTS a divided south so his handlers can continue F the south over w/ total HOAXES. MSM supported BS like, airliners hitting the twin towers, dangerous ‘bombs’ at the Boston marathon, school children be killed by a lone gunman in Sandy Hook.
    FAKE NEWS AT IT’S FINEST!

    Give me a pressure cooker set up like the propaganda pushers at the ATF claim, I will light it, and stand beside it the whole time. Energy w/o direction is harmless, just makes smoke and noise.

    • TJAW

      “airliners hitting the twin towers, dangerous ‘bombs’ at the Boston marathon, school children be killed by a lone gunman in Sandy Hook.
      FAKE NEWS AT IT’S FINEST!”

      People like you are incurably insane.

      • One of the fathers whose child was murdered at Sandy Hook used to be a conspiracy kook who listened to AIex Jones… until he found out first hand how AIex Jones says that ANY shooting/violence is an act paid for by spooooooky billionaire guys.

        Yeah, that father has officially UNindoctrinated himself from the Everything’s-A-Hoax cuIt.

        • cheerdiver .

          Kinda odd that the school was closed, and ALL the ‘mothers’ were well into their 50 w/ elementary aged children. They must have one hell of a in vitro fertilization program in Sandy Hoax, CT.
          Maybe try engaging in some RATION though for once in your life.

          • Literally none of your claims are valid. You are very gullible.

            “Maybe try engaging in some RATION though for once in your life”

            I wouldn’t engage in “RATION though”, thanks, it tends to block any Rational Thought, which I much prefer over w.t.f.ever RATION though is.

            A fool who would believe AIex Jones is a fool who would believe anything.

          • A-mazon=Bi lderberg

            I suspect “Carrie” might be a paid troll.

      • cheerdiver .

        Even teenagers, 150 years ago, knew cannonballs bounced
        off ironclad ships. Zeros would aim for the war ships wooden decks. Physics is 100% repeatable, and there is no repeatable example toback the hayseed’s hypothesis, that airliners struck the twin towers.

        Aluminum in free space will NOT penetrate a larger piece of rigid structural grade building steel at subsonic speed (STP@SL).

        There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe
        what isn’t true. The other is to refuse to accept what is true.~
        Soren Kierkegaard

        The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.~ W. Dyer

        Prof can be seen in history, as a B-25 Mitchell struck the Empire State building July 28th, 1945. The facade of the ESB is granite, and masonry has negligible tensile strength(<1Ksi). Tensile strength is what keeps a material from being pulled apart (penetrated, such as Kevlar vest) and structural building steel will withstand over 88Ksi (THE strongest tensile strength building material used in quantity, even today). The aircraft punched a 18ft x 20ft hole in the facade, yet the wing span is over 67 feet. Many publications try to avoid discussing the air frame, as it fell to a lower roof terrace and the street level. Victims inside stated “The building swung like a pendulum for thirty seconds… we had trouble keeping our feet under us, as we ran for cover.”

        To arrive at a contradiction is to confess an error in one's thinking;
        to maintain a contradiction is to abdicate one's mind and to evict
        oneself from the realm of reality.~ Ayn Rand

        The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.~ H. G. Wells

        Having shot a steel car rim with a handgun (44mag), this
        is a clear example of how penetration is not possible. The bullet is
        10x the density of water and travels well above the speed of sound (about 1600ft/sec). But we are expected to believe an aluminum projectile that floats on water (Sully's airliner in the Hudson river, indicating .2 mass density compared to water) and can only travel about 500ft/sec, is able to perpetuate over 126 feet through steel without stopping. This is absurd, as it would only takes a constant force of 50G to stop any projectile moving 500ft/sec, in 63 feet. Formula 1 cars have recorded survived impacts from 85-140+G, crumpling the car body less than 2ft, in 200mph crashes.

        As the kinematic equation shows, 1/2 Mass(Velocity
        squared), the velocity is exponential compared to mass, a linear
        function. From the standpoint of metallurgy, the shear modules of
        aluminum is 25 Gpa, where as basic steel is 70 Gpa. Even the
        construction technique of using sheet metal to fabricate planes,
        lends itself to the dissipation of energy through crumpling.
        Examples can be seen in uni-body construction of cars to meet impact safety requirements, a practice started before 1980.

        In conclusion, the carppetbagger's hoax that commercial
        airliners hit the WTC, can easily be disproved by observation of
        physics and metallurgy. Even basic math shows the energy needed would be one thousand times greater than a commercial airliner could generate, that's three orders of magnitude. NOT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE!

    • Hey, loosen up the tin foil hat — you accidentally forgot that all IIIuminati are secret lizard people with ped0phiIia rings on Mars (or so we learned from AIex Jones).

      • cheerdiver .

        Alex Jones ‘Of course airliners hit the WTC’. Ya, someone here buys into the official conspiracy that airliners hit the WTC, and it’s not me.
        My engineering training tough me, it’s not physically possible for an aluminum projectile to cut through a larger piece of structural steel at subsonic speed.
        But I guess poorly educated hayseeds are a dime a dozen. Why don’t you buck up, and try to prove Newtonian laws of physics to be incorrect?

        • Well, other engineers’ training taught them much more and much better than you apparently could learn.

          Ironically, you’re 100% correct about Hayseeds… AIex Jones makes a full 100% of his living from those very gullible people.

  • K

    Sorry what I saw was a bit different. What I saw was two groups, of hateful anti-American people. Pushed into close proximity to each other by the police. And then the police standing down. Let me say clearly, I have nothing but disgust, for all sides involved. But to the group, that is sworn to uphold the law. Following an illegal order to stand down, breaks your oath. Once before people stood in front of a tribunal with a simple plea. Mein herr, I was only following orders. Continue to accept such orders. That could be you, one day.

    • Mike Morris

      Exactly ” What I saw was two groups, of hateful anti-American people.”

    • Richard Broberg

      The police are under no obligation to protect anybody.

      • K

        I am aware of that court ruling. However they are not supposed to ignore crimes being committed, right in front of them. Where is the women who pepper sprayed the camera man. I have not seen her arrested. In spite of a video of her doing it.

        • K

          This is claimed statement from cop, per fox. We’re leaving. It’s too dangerous. During the riot as police withdrew.. Folks better figure out, you are on your own.

      • Paul Patriot

        They ARE under obligation to enforce laws……hence the term, law enforcement. 😀

        When a group of protesters goes from peaceful to violent, they are breaking law, soooooooo someone’s got to intervene.

        If cops keep standing down, others will step in and do their job for them , and that’s when the real chaos begins, just as planned.

    • Paul Patriot

      Amen. The , “I was just following orders” BS is going to backfire on them someday.

      Cops swear no such oath to defend the Constitution, maybe sheriffs deputies do, but city police who are on city payroll, and answer to their masters do not.

      These are the same who conducted gun grabs, post Katrina….”just following orders”of the politicians, with total disregard to the Constitution which they supposedly “take an oath” to.

    • iris

      Yes, indeed. Thank you, K. They are taking orders and may not even realize what they’re doing, but prophecy is being fulfilled regarding the state of this world in the last days. God is always in control, we need to look to Jesus Christ for Life, help and hope. We can’t always control what happens to us in this world, but by His help, we can control how we respond to it.

      • K

        Amen

    • kfilly

      I believe it was a false flag. The leader of the conservative movement (John Kessler) was an Occupy Wall Street protesteter and a die hard Obama supporter as late as 2016. How does one go from being an extreme leftist to extreme right wing beliefs in a year? I get people’s beliefs can change, but going from one extreme to the other does not seem very likely. The conservative protest was initially schedules in one part of town, and it got moved to a different area at the last minute. Police did not keep the groups separated which goes against most department practices. Both protest groups had the same helmets abd shields. It was super convenient for the driver to pose for a picture with the right wing group prior to driving through the crowd. At the point where the driver rammed people, thers was a van parked in the middle of the street without a driver inside. Who would park in the middle of the street? Who would park in the middle of a protest? A few too many irregularities to be an organic event.

  • Now antifa members must realize that before they take that Soros
    paycheck to go out clubbing people over the head with bike locks,
    something other than a very light jail sentence may be waiting on them..

  • Isaac

    It was an act of terrorism. That poor woman lost her life because of that evil man.

  • Paul Patriot

    What also make me sick is when I hear of police, who stand down as violence unfolds in front of them.

    Who are they working for???

  • Can we please remember that the criminals who gathered that day SPECIFICALLY CALL THEMSELVES “FASCISTS”, and another good thing to pay attention to is how the self-appellated fascists wear the “uniform” of the dear leader — namely khaki pants, white polo golf shirt, and red MAGA baseball cap.

    To say this isn’t political is disingenuous. I wish it weren’t political, but these are Donald Trump’s flying monkeys, doing [what they IMAGINE to be] his bidding.

    • 72 Dolphins

      More like Hillary’s and George Soros’ “flying monkeys.”

      • Well, that conspiracy theory *sounds* fun and all… and the Trumpkins *have* done it to the other side so it feels good to claim that Hillary and Soros might have paid criminals to dress up in khakis, white golf shirts, red MAGA hats and scream idiocy at the top of their lungs to *make* Downward Spiral Donald look even worse, but that’s probably all it is — a conspiracy theory.

        Because think about it first: does anyone have to *pay* hysterical idiots to go out on behalf of Crooked Donald and make him look even worse? Or can’t we just assume that there will be ***more than enough*** of such hysterical idiots willing to dress up like their Fuhrer and wave Naz! flags and chant against Jooz & Blax… because that’s precisely what happened. The Flying Monkeys were allllll Donald’s; no other flying monkeys were needed to help destroy what little face Donald had left.

  • Seen2013

    According to the Left, Republicans are racists, sexists, xenophobic, and etc, so the only conclusion that can be drawn is elected and appointed Republicans to resign and for Republican campaign bids to be suspended in repentance.

    Recall, Clinton’s deplorable references largely made the 2016 election cycle rallying point under the term Alt-Right; therefore, any gains including the Presidency, Vice Presidency, Speaker, Senate Majority leader, and etc simply amplifies the Left’s conclusions.

    • “According to the Left, Republicans are racists and, and, and […]”

      No. According to the Left (and anyone else not in a coma), *SOME PEOPLE on the right* are those things — and they are 100% truthful in that estimation. Do not make the mistake that we on the Right so often do and paint everyone with a broad brush simply because of the actions of a small-but-vocal minority.

      It would be stupid to say that ALL Republicans, ALL Muslims, ALL Christians, ALL Democrats, ALL men, etc., are bad because of the actions of the bad few.

      • Seen2013

        I’m referring to:
        -Every election cycle.
        -Left’s forums and group’s who among other things planned to protest any Republican nominee and was looking forward to taking on Cruz supporters.
        -And other evaluation of “Opposing Viewpoints”.

        • And when we go to left-of-center websites we see that they [correctly] say the same about people right-of-center.

          The Tea Party came about for the sole purpose of protesting Obama’s existence and shutting down everything he wanted to do; also of note is how Donald’s only so-called accomplishments have been walking back things that Obama signed into law.

          So once again, what you originally wrote is only equally as true about the Right as it is about the Left.

          • Seen2013

            TEA Party was a branch of to the Liberty movement who gained steam in backlash to W. Bush’s policies. According to the various forums/groups, Republicans seeking votes under anti-Obama’s policies and “Reaganism” are dead end concepts that are DOA. It’s a pretty arrogant and egomaniac prospective to think that image is everything…

  • nineleven

    This report Michael is TOTALLY one sided. “There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.” what about antifa and communist BLM? you need to condemn those groups too because they are all fringe extremist. Are you aware that one of the leaders of the alt right group was formerly involved in the same exact extreme group on the left a year or so ago. This sounds to me like white people are being set up by the leftist communists for a fall.

    • They are not condemnable, they are not “extremist”, not in a dangerous manner anyway.

      They are no different than the American troops who landed at Normandy. They are trying to help the country extinguish the fringe extremists — the people who PROUDLY CALL THEMSELVES FASCISTS. So are they “dangerous”? Let’s hope they are no more and no less dangerous than the American Allied soldiers in 1944. Nazis need to be eradicated, regardless of what their Orange Fuhrer says.

  • Cool hypothesis, bruh.

    I’m going to put my faith in those engineers who simply know more than you do.

    Also, as fun as conspiracy theories are, believing a guy who pushes the claim that there are crisis actors and that no children died just ruins the fun of conspiracy theories. AIex Jones is not your friend. He and his absurd notions only shine a light on the cockroaches who willingly gobble up his pablum.

    • cheerdiver .

      Name an engineer that supports your BS, I’ve yet to find a professional engineer to contradict the statement.
      Ohh, Alex Jones is your engineer, I get it now.

  • Doug Ross

    Michael, Antifa has been attacking far more than the loathsome, tiny band of white nationalists (who had legally assembled, by the way) for over a year: folks like Ben Shapiro and Ann Coulter, for instance. They are normalizing political violence to suppress free speech.

    • You know that the Fascists were turned down for the permits, right? And they had to reach out to the ACLU to get the judge’s safety ruling overruled.

      So did they assemble to chant racist threats legally? Kind of. But they shouldn’t have been able to. Once again, shame on the ACLU.