Written By Norma Duffy
This is my Personal opinion since this election. I, apologize up front to all Moderate Republicans that are not this way, the ‘Never Trump” crowd.. you know who you are.
Just like Dylan Roof has been found competent to stand trial which starts this Wednesday I believe… So are other Republicans who voted for Trump. I have yet to see a chorus of republican politicians and supporters dissociating themselves from the spike of violence against minorities since the election.
You all remember Dylan Roof don’t you? He is the white Supremacist, accused of gunning down nine black worshipers at a historic Charleston church’s Bible study group in June 2015. A guy so warped that after spending an hour or so, bowing his head and joining his victims in prayer… He Then pulled out a gun and killed 9 innocent worshippers.
Authorities say he targeted his victims solely because they were black.
Roof now faces 33 federal charges, including violations of hate crime laws and religious freedoms. He has offered to plead guilty and serve life in prison, but federal authorities are seeking the death penalty.
“Wow”, Says some of you “Tin Hat” Conservatives. “Thats a pretty damn harsh a thing to say Norma.”
Really? How so? I believe a full throated response is necessary to combat this hatred, anything else would be too politically correct and cowardly at this time.
Does it matter who is more vicious toward Americans of Color, Race and gender if it is done by Trump or a group of Trump supporters, by a few Trump supporters, or by the example of one Killer, who would have voted for someone like Trump if he wasn’t in jail for murder?
Roof was hoping to start a race war, and Trump was stoking those same fears in his Campaign to his followers. Tell me how it is different when Trump surrogates, not unlike you, have caused a spike of over 700 hate crimes in the last three weeks after his election. You do realize that around 700 was about the number of hate crimes committed for the last 2 years before the election? Or do you care?
DO these kinds of Trump supporters speak for you???
Southern Poverty Law Center has been doing a running tally since the election of Donald Trump, and even though these hate crimes seem to be tapering off, there is still al lot of Americans now living in fear of the Racists from your side.
“ Hate Incidents by type ranked by number of reports include:
Anti-immigrant (206), anti-Black (151), anti-LGBT (80),swastika vandalism(60), anti-Muslim (51), and anti-woman (36) anti semitic and miscellaneous count for the rest . They are also keeping track of anti-Trump incidents as well, which rose from their last report of 20 to 27.”
Incidents by location: K-12 schools (149), businesses (129), universities/colleges (114), street (82), private property (72), driving (42).
Believe me when I tell you this , We are intrinsically woven in this hate, because of people like Richard Spencer. We need to do more to make them go back to wherever rock they crawled out of.
People outside this state, are already painting us with a Broad brush because the person making the most noise for this state right now, is a hateful bigot who is a white nationalist. So what legally are you gonna do as a Montanan to help stop the hate here? Or are you one of those who truly believe the lies certain members of the republican party and Trump?
Whitefish, The very Town Spencer lives in, has done everything it can to disassociate itself from him for years, But not as much as a lot of people there would like. http://www.npr.org/2016/11/29/503620409/in-montana-an-unease-over-extremist-views-moving-out-of-the-woods
Lastly, an accessory to a crime also means doing nothing, standing Idly by while the crime is committed. I suggest you think about that. George Orwell once wrote that: A people who elect corrupt Politicians…. are not victims….. they are accomplices.
Otherwise You may not like it but, you are competent to stand trial as an accessory of this kind of hate. THAT IS….If you keep accepting it. The onus is on you Republicans to stop this, like we liberals have been fighting from our side for years.
Who you can join to counter this hate in Montana, or emulate for your own community: