It was a year ago that Millennial Democrats published our first piece, written in anguish after the senseless and cowardly murder of our sister, Heather Heyer, who was not even mentioned by the orange malignance in the White House, upon this solemn first anniversary of her passing. She deserved better.
In August 2017, white supremacist demonstrators and counterprotesters squared off in violent clashes over an old war statue in Charlottesville, site of the University of Virginia. The conflict culminated in the death of Heather Heyer, 32, when the vicious murderer James Alex Fields Jr. purposely drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters.
While speaking at the anniversary of Heather’s death on Saturday, Trump condemned “all types of racism and acts of violence,” an insincere and half-hearted improvement from last year. He failed even to mention her name.
What he didn’t do, like telling these people and their values they are not welcome and never will be, speaks in volumes. Loudly.
He did nothing to discourage Sunday’s “Unite the Right 2” white nationalist rally, meant essentially to celebrate the death of Heather Heyer, has Washington bracing for conflict of the type that turned lethal last year.
Predicted for the rally’s attendance are about 400 demonstrators are expected in Lafayette Square, a park adjacent to the White House. More than 1,500 counter-protesters plan to gather at various downtown locations, including in the same park.
Back then, Trump refused even to condemn her murderers, choosing rather to assign blame equally for both sides. He also said there were very fine people on both sides, as if there was no difference. Kids will be kids, and all.
However, it was not members of the anti-racist protestors whose social media accounts included posts espousing white supremacy. We also didn’t drive any vans into their crowd and kill them.
One side was made up of Nazi killers who were only even in Charlottesville to make trouble with their lousy rally.
The other was made up of good-hearted people who want to see the human race make progress and are willing to stand up for it. That is good, because we will all have a lot of standing up to do, especially tomorrow.
Things might get rough out there, and law enforcement is desperate to avoid another Charlottesville. That is also important to us and to any healthy society.
That is also why it is necessary here to take an unequivocal stand against any members of the left who turn to destruction. We cannot emphasize this strongly enough.
Senseless violence can never be a good answer to anything. Specifically, we need to stay calm because if we don’t, the right will revile us endlessly and moderates will turn to conservatives. Every such incident will haunt us all. Violence has to be avoided if we do not want to move any further down the path to another Civil War.
In closing, we would like to implore our readers and Democrats everywhere to stay calm tomorrow, no matter what happens. Stay calm, keep in your ranks, and sing your songs loudly and well. Regardless of our geography, every decent person in the world is sending our best hopes and wishes alongside you.