Despicable Acts of Domestic Terrorism in Charlottesville, Virginia
Lily Mackay, Deputy Editor-in-Chief
“If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” - 1 John 4:20
This verse applies to everyone. Every race, every gender, every whatever. Unfortunately, the actions taken by white supremacists this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, were quite the opposite. A pre-arranged protest was staged, and on Saturday, one woman was killed and 19 people were injured when one of the white supremacists rammed his car into a group of people protesting the nationalist protest. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have called for the Department of Justice to treat this action as domestic terrorism. The left quickly blamed Donald Trump, per usual. The right blamed the far left, Antifa. How about we take a different tactic and say: it’s the person’s fault who actually drove the car? Or how about we assign blame to the people who decided to march in the streets to declare that one ethnicity was superior to other ones based on the ridiculous assertion that the color of their skin made them more important than someone else?
The driver of the gray Dodge Challenger was James Alex Fields, Jr., who was charged with second degree murder. Fields was a member of Vanguard America, an organization whose creed is the following:
Democracy has failed in this once great nation. Brought to its knees by decadence, America now faces the greatest threat in its history. Our people are subjugated while an endless tide of incompatible foreigners floods this nation every year. If current trends continue, White Americans will be a minority in the nation they built. It’s time to take a stand.
The Anti-Defamation League has a page on Vanguard America, highlighting the group’s extremism and recent growth, both ideologically and in members. They say the following:
- VA is a white supremacist group that opposes multiculturalism and believes America is an exclusively white nation.
- VA spreads their hateful propaganda via the internet and by distributing fliers, posters, and stickers.
- VA is particularly focused on recruiting young men and has engaged in unprecedented outreach efforts to attract students on American college campuses.
- VA has participated in white supremacist rallies and protests around the country.
- VA members have targeted Jewish institutions with hateful propaganda.
Vanguard America (VA) is a white supremacist group that opposes multiculturalism and believes that America is an exclusively white nation. Using a right-wing nationalist slogan, Blood and Soil, VA romanticizes the notion that people with “white blood” have a special bond with “American soil.” This philosophy first originated in Germany (as Blut und Boden) and was later popularized by Hitler’s regime. In the same vein, VA uses “For Race and Nation” as a variant slogan. Following this theme, VA maintains that America “is to be a nation exclusively for the White American peoples who out of the barren hills, empty plains, and vast mountains forged the most powerful nation to ever have existed.”
Originally VA was firmly in the alt-right hemisphere with focus on white identity. At that time the group was called American Vanguard. However, the VA has increasingly demonstrated a neo-Nazi ideology. In one iteration of their manifesto, posted in February 2017, the VA explained that America was built on the foundation of White Europeans, and that the glory of the Aryan nation must be recaptured. VA has also stressed the need for the nation to be free of the influence of the international Jews. In July 2017, VA tweeted, “Those behind the subversive elements eroding our culture often have something in common. Jewish influence is prevalent, invasive, dangerous.”
In April 2017, VA broadened their ties to the neo-Nazi movement by participating in a white supremacist rally in Pikeville, Kentucky. The event was organized by the Nationalist Front (NF), an umbrella group co-led by Jeff Schoep, the leader of the neo-Nazi Nationalist Socialist Movement, and Matthew Heimbach, the leader of the Traditionalist Workers Party. A short time after the rally, VA became a member of the NF.
UPDATE: Vanguard America’s website has since been suspended by Wordpress, and the page now says:
“This blog has been archived or suspended for a violation of our Terms of Service.
For more information and to contact us please read this support document.”
There are many, many other websites that can be found like it however, (see: stormfront.org) and based on this evidence, it is obvious that alt-right movement is directly constructed around the basis of racism. White supremacy is not a side belief, it is the MAIN belief of the alt-right movement. With the rise of increasingly popular alt-right figureheads that attempt to posture themselves as conservatives (see: Breitbart, Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos), the alt-right movement, which is completely antithetical to conservative beliefs, is often conflated with Republicans and/or conservatives.
If anything, conservatives should be denouncing this LOUDER than anyone else in order to avoid such a stereotype. You know, in addition to it being the right thing to do. Silence is far too costly in such a case in this. We cannot allow such blatant evil racism to take over our country, because when we do not stand up, they are only able to get louder. While it is true that the First Amendment protects thought and speech and we cannot dictate what people believe, when that crosses over into action, into violence, into death, that is when they must be stopped. They do not represent America, they do not represent our society. All men are created equal with certain inalienable rights… life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. No one gets to decide that those who look different aren’t worthy of those same rights.
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