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AWeekendEtchedIntoHistory:August11th-August13th2017.#FaceTheRace

GabrielleLLopez
2y Richmond, VA, United States Story
A Weekend Etched Into History: August 11th - August 13th 2017.  #FaceTheRace

August 2017.

As much as I want to say I never saw this coming, I did. I saw the rallies coming from a mile away. Racism has been evident in our society for centuries, and I see it everywhere I go. I even see it in some of the people I know and love. However I can honestly say that I never thought it would reach a point of this much hatred and violence. 

August 2017.

To think, no … to KNOW that there are so many people who truly believe in their superiority above others because of the skin color they were born with is absurd. The egregious acts performed during the white supremacists so called “peacefully” rally left myself and others around the nation, even the globe, speechless. What kind of human does this to another? 

August 2017. 

Men of color were beat to a pulp with pipes by white men who couldn’t take looking at a human who looked different than them. Innocent young adults were rammed with a car, driven by a white man I may add, for protecting the rights of their fellow Americans of all race and religion. A handful of college students were surrounded by a sea of white men and women who spouted hateful slurs and violent threats, but the students remained peaceful. They stood with their sign and let the hundreds in front of them spew all the hate they wanted. No words could take down the American pride these young people had. 

August 2017.

People began to speak out against these white supremacists. Names were given to pictured faces and acts were connected to the identified attackers. Americans came together online to fight the people so desperate to create another divided America. Who didn’t acknowledge the many violent disturbances committed by white supremacists on the University of Virginia grounds? Who didn’t comment until hours later? Who didn’t identify the true enemy of the day? Our own President. He’s so quick to blame another race or religion as the enemy, but as soon as he sees it in his own people, his own skin color, he hides out.

August 2017. 

It’s a day, or more so a weekend, that will live with all of us forever. In a few decades our kids will be learning about it in their history books. Charlottesville will forever be linked to a rally led by the purest of demons who fight to ignite wars instead of peace. Everyone will look back at pictures and videos and wonder the same things we do about our country’s past: how could that happen? How could that be our America? Then they’ll turn to you and ask you the question you ask yourself this very day. What did you do to fight the injustice? Ignoring the problem is just as guilty as being involved in it itself. Show support for the ones beaten down literally and figuratively by the Nazis making themselves present in OUR country. Fight the true enemy -- the ones who live for inequality and destruction, the white supremacists. The racists. Face the racism today head on, so you can tell your kids that you didn’t stand by idly and do nothing. 

#FaceTheRace

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  • Danica
    2y ago

    This post is so heartfelt and heartbreaking at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing Gabrielle. What do you think @sealnation @Sydney Clark 

    This post is so heartfelt and heartbreaking at the same time. Thanks so much for sharing Gabrielle. What do you think @sealnation @Sydney Clark 

  • Maddy Bernstein

    I am blown away with what happened and how it could happen in 2017 @GabrielleLLopez 

    I am blown away with what happened and how it could happen in 2017 @GabrielleLLopez 

  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D. Creative production student, certified dog enthusiast and Jedi knight.
    2y ago New York, NY, United States

    It blows my mind that this is happening in present time. I keep seeing people posting videos, photos, and texts from the 40s that is completely relevant today and that is insane to me. How could anyone possibly look back at history and not see the faults with how we used to treat one another? 

    It blows my mind that this is happening in present time. I keep seeing people posting videos, photos, and texts from the 40s that is completely relevant today and that is insane to me. How could anyone possibly look back at history and not see the faults with how we used to treat one another? 


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