Virginia Farmer Shares Powerful Message About The Effects Of Everyday Racism — And What We Can Do To Combat It

"It isn't Richard Spencer calling the cops on me for farming while Black. It's nervous White women in yoga pants."

A Virginia farmer named Chris Newman is no fan of white nationalist Richard Spencer, but he also has harsh words for folks who do little to address more subtle forms of discrimination.

In a Facebook post that's been shared nearly 7,000 times, Newman takes issue with the Love Trumps Hate counter-rally held in Charlottesville last week in response to Spencer's march of torch-bearing white nationalists the week prior. The owner of Sylvanaqua Farms goes on to detail the "aggressively segregated" nature of his town and why it's so dangerous. 

"I say 'aggressively' for two reasons. One, because of how assertive police (and the citizens who summon them) are here with racial profiling. It got so bad in 2014 - 2015 that I stopped renting farmland on estates where I could be easily seen from the road, and I stopped making food deliveries into wealthier neighborhoods because of how often police would 'happen by' and sometimes even question me five or ten minutes after I got a strange look from a passerby (usually someone jogging, but occasionally someone in a car). I'm not a paranoid kinda guy, but this happened way too often to be a coincidence."



In a particularly powerful declaration, Newman explains, "It isn't Richard Spencer [who is] calling the cops on me for farming while Black. It's nervous White women in yoga pants with 'I'm with Her' and 'Coexist' stickers on their German SUVs."

And that illustration of liberal racism is exactly what has Newman up in arms.

As Attn: points out, this type of less overt racism is very much alive and well. "According to the site, a 2014 report from the Charlottesville Task Force on Racial Disparities and Disproportionality offers some additional insight into Newman's assertions. It found while eight percent of the city's youth are black and 41 percent are white, black kids are more than twice as likely to be arrested and to have more than one arrest.

What's more? Newman's own personal experiences and observations in Charlottesville speak to a larger bias that goes beyond party lines.

Research suggests racial biases exist among Democrats, as well as Republicans. Per Attn:, Reuters/Ipsos surveyed approximately 16,000 Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters during the 2016 election season and found nearly half of Trump supporters said they believed black people were inherently more "violent" and "criminal" than whites. Among Hillary supporters that figure shrank to a third, but it's evidence enough these problematic biases persist regardless of party affiliation.

Still, there's additional evidence to suggests these biases are less prevalent amongst Democratic voters. According to The Washington Post, a poll conducted by the Associated Press prior to the 2012 election found 79 percent of Republicans agreed with negative statements about racial minorities, such as "If blacks would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites." For Democrats, the figure was just 32 percent.

Findings like that, however, do little to allay Newman's fears. "Truth is, as a Black dude, I'm far less bothered by the flag wavers in this picture than this town's progressives assuming its race problem has nothing to do with them. The former is a visual inconvenience. The latter could leave my daughters without a father," he wrote.

"There's a difference between confronting racists and confronting racism," he added to CBS affiliate Newsplex

So what's Newman's solution? Figure out how to "dig out of institutional racism," he told NBC 29.

Though that's much easier said than done, Newman offered some tips in the conclusion of his Facebook post: "So please, put down the candles and instead ask yourself: why is my city like this? Why is life like this for Black people in my wonderful city? The answer is a lot closer to home than Richard Spencer or Lee Park."

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