What’s been hardest for the majority of people in the United States since the electoral college win of Donald Trump, is the fact that we had come so far under former President Obama with the progress made, only to feel like we’re about to lose everything under Trump. Not just with legislation and policy, but with what’s acceptable behavior.
Since Trump took office, white supremacists feel they have been empowered to be as horrible as humanly possible. The most recent example of this was in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Telling it like it is, as he always does, is none other than former Vice President Joe Biden. In an article for The Atlantic, Biden lays out what’s happening, and better yet, what needs to be done to fix it. He doesn’t want to see the nation he loves and worked so hard with Obama for, lost at the hands of white supremacy and Donald Trump.
“In Charlottesville, that long trail emerged once again into plain view not only for America, but for the whole world to see. The crazed, angry faces illuminated by torches. The chants echoing the same anti-Semitic bile heard across Europe in the 1930s. The neo-Nazis, Klansmen, and white supremacists emerging from dark rooms and remote fields and the anonymity of the web into the bright light of day on the streets of a historically significant American city.
If it wasn’t clear before, it’s clear now: We are living through a battle for the soul of this nation.”
“The giant forward steps we have taken in recent years on civil liberties and civil rights and human rights are being met by a ferocious pushback from the oldest and darkest forces in America. Are we really surprised they rose up? Are we really surprised they lashed back? Did we really think they would be extinguished with a whimper rather than a fight?”
And he lays into Trump:
“Today we have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between neo-Nazis and Klansmen and those who would oppose their venom and hate.
We have an American president who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.
This is a moment for this nation to declare what the president can’t with any clarity, consistency, or conviction: There is no place for these hate groups in America. Hatred of blacks, Jews, immigrants—all who are seen as “the other”—won’t be accepted or tolerated or given safe harbor anywhere in this nation.”
And then offers how to fix it and bring us all together:
“You, me, and the citizens of this country carry a special burden in 2017. We have to do what our president has not. We have to uphold America’s values. We have to do what he will not. We have to defend our Constitution. We have to remember our kids are watching. We have to show the world America is still a beacon of light.
Joined together, we are more than 300 million strong. Joined together, we will win this battle for our soul. Because if there’s one thing I know about the American people, it’s this: When it has mattered most, they have never let this nation down.”
And that’s exactly what we must do. We the people must not allow an egomaniacal racist madman destroy everything that has made the United States as wonderful as it is. We are our government, we hold the power, we will overcome. Trump will not redefine us. This is a battle for our soul and we will prevail.