The Hate Continues

Some people’s kids…

Like this one:

“I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo.”

Wanna bet? This kid, who’s name I’m not going to print, is a student at the University of Nevada at Reno. He is studying History and Political Science. That the university should (and probably will) expel him is beside the point. This attitude is nothing new. Flush Limp-balls has said “Why isn’t there a “White History Month?” Hell, some guy I knew over 30 years ago asked the same question.

Also, there’s this:

“I have shared my home and hearth with friends and acquaintances of every race, gender and creed. I have taught all of my children that all men and women are created equal. That we must love each other all the same.

Evidently Peter has chosen to unlearn these lessons, much to my and his family’s heartbreak and distress. We have been silent up until now, but now we see that this was a mistake. It was the silence of good people that allowed the Nazis to flourish the first time around, and it is the silence of good people that is allowing them to flourish now.

Peter Tefft, my son, is not welcome at our family gatherings any longer. I pray my prodigal son will renounce his hateful beliefs and return home. Then and only then will I lay out the feast.

His hateful opinions are bringing hateful rhetoric to his siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews as well as his parents. Why must we be guilty by association? Again, none of his beliefs were learned at home. We do not, never have, and never will, accept his twisted worldview.

He once joked, “The thing about us fascists is, it’s not that we don’t believe in freedom of speech. You can say whatever you want. We’ll just throw you in an oven.”

Here is the full letter:

Yet, even a father’s letter disowning his son doesn’t go far enough. These people can say all the right, err, correct things and they fail because they don’t mention the man responsible. Donald John Trump.

I’m sorry, Mr. Teffts, but you must also say, “I refuse to vote for Donald Trump or any Republican who runs for office in 2018 or 2020.” Then, that would send a message of love.

These people should be shunned. Not only by their families, but by society as a whole. But they won’t. They’ll continue their hate and hide behind their quiet rage until it explodes, as it did in Virginia.

“Donald Trump says he wants to ‘Make America Great Again,’ when all he really does is want to ‘Make America Hate Again.” Hillary Clinton, Aug. 25, 2016.

The Southern Poverty Law Center estimates there are close to 1000 Hate groups in America. Including biker clubs, the number would be much higher. I have seen these groups and know people who have been and probably still are involved in them. Not all racists are in hate groups, either. They hide their feelings and may never reveal them. But they are there.

Racism didn’t go away in 1965. It didn’t go away in 2008, either. Hate never goes away. It just manifests itself in different forms. Trump has the blood of Heather Heyer on his hands, because he welcomed these people, who, as David Duke, the former grand wizard of the KKK, pointed out “White Americans put you in the presidency.”

It took 48 hours for the President* to call these people out. But he didn’t say, “I don’t want your support or your vote.” Of course he didn’t. He can’t. As long as he has Steven Bannon, Stephen Miller and Sebastian Gorka on staff, his ‘condemnation’ of the KKK, Alt-Right and White Supremacists are meaningless.

These are people who shouldn’t be anywhere near the government, at any level. Our father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s fought and died to defeat fascism. Yet, 75 years later, their beliefs linger, often out in the open, over the fact that white America is becoming a country ‘they’ don’t recognize anymore.

Trump isn’t the first President (or candidate) to court these voters. Strom Thurmond, George Wallace, Nixon and Reagan all did to an extent. But never to the ends that Trump has. Therein lies the difference. Anyone who watched him during the campaign knew this. Anyone who still supports him knows this. To have to be prodded to give a speech today is meaningless. He gave credence to these people and until his disavow’s them completely, including ridding the White House of Bannon, Miller and Gorka, his speech today falls like a balloon that’s run out of air.

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