How White Supremacists, White Nationalists, And Neo-Nazis Became Front Page News

You are not alone in the fight against the rising tide of white supremacism

It's unfortunate that white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the significance of the Confederate flag to white nationalists have all become topics of daily discussion and debate. They are front and center in our newsfeeds. In dealing with these topics, it is important to not parse words, and to call a spade a spade. In other words, we should not be downplaying the significance of these hate groups by calling them the alt right. And that is because white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and their ilk are are violent, hateful, frightening groups and they stand for everything that America is not. 

Which is why your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and other social media feeds are probably filled with, solutions on how to fight back, like this map of hate groups and white supremacists. Or examples on how others have fought back in their own way, like these Redditors hitting back at white supremacist hate speech or this other person who verbally fought back against white nationalists in a Confederate Pride Facebook group.

Hopeful messages from politicians and celebrities like the amazing speech from the Charlottesville mayor and his promise to not give into white nationalists, former president Ronald Reagan's moving anti-racism and white supremacy speech from '81, a unifying moment between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders after she retweeted his message against David Duke, white nationalism and racism, the Nelson Mandela quote that former president Barack Obama tweeted out after the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, and the incredible monologue by Jimmy Fallon, who finally spoke out against Trump, intolerance, and white supremacy after months of silence of the former. 

The white nationalist rally in Charlottesville renewed the national debate of Confederate monuments and how to deal with them. Some communities took matters into their own hands and toppled the monuments, decrying them as harkening back to the days of white supremacists. There was also the must-read speech by the mayor of New Orleans, which identified the monuments as symbols of white supremacy, and the promise of the relocation of confederate monuments from the mayor of Lexington, Kentucky.

You are also probably reading a lot about how people deal with individual/everyday acts of racism. Like how this amazing Asian-American doctor deals with the white nationalists in her area.

But the most important thing to take away from the last week since Charlottesville is that we are not alone. That people, everywhere, are fighting back. Like this grandma, who spoke out against white supremacists at a post-Charlottesville solidarity march in New York City. And this girl who, months before Charlottesville, stood up to the white nationalists in the Czech Republic. Or Johnny Cash's daughter who told a white nationalist who was wearing a shirt with Cash's face on it that he would have been horrified to have been associated with such hateful beliefs. 

Most of the world does not believe in hate. Most of the world stands in solidarity with the beliefs that everyone should be treated with love, and respect. 

Cover Photo: Shutterstock/Christopher Penler

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