Attorney General Jeff Sessions told an audience in Florida that ‘we cannot and in no way can we accept and apologize for racism, bigotry, hatred, violence and those kind of things that too often arise in our country.’ (Aug. 16)
The problem isn’t white supremacists, the KKK, Antifa, Black Lives Matter or racism. “They” are continuing to divide “us” into identity groups. Who are “they?” It’s sort of like “follow the money.” Who benefits the most from dividing us into isolated identity groups like the KKK and BLM?
Powerful political groups orchestrated the melee in Charlottesville two weeks ago. The same groups hoped for an even bigger confrontation in Boston last week. Neither event was a spontaneous riot triggered by a YouTube video.
Why would any political organization want to generate a movement of anger, hatred and violence? How could anyone justify such a movement? The argument from the left was captured in a Stacey Dash post. Resistance guy: “The left will not permit thought or speech that contradicts what we believe is acceptable. We will destroy property when we determine it advances our just cause. We will cleanse history of all that we find offensive.” Average Joe: “Why would you want to do all that?” Resistance guy: “To suppress fascism, of course.”
Unfortunately, America still has the KKK, neo-Nazis and other white supremacist groups. What has drawn them more into the public eye recently? Maybe mayors and other local officials removing 100-year-old statues are egging these right-wing groups into protests and actions? Which came first: removing statues or extreme right-wing responses? This is all part of a bigger plan to divide Americans into oppositional identity groups.
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Someone will say, “You’re justifying extreme white hate groups … bigots!” No, I’m not. But, that’s what the powerful forces want people to believe. If one opposes counter-protesters, then he/she must be a white supremacist. Really? What if one opposes white supremacists and counterprotesters? President Trump tried to do that and has been labeled a white supremacist sympathizer at best. No, I’m not defending Trump; I’m merely observing how the liberal media and political establishment are stamping Trump with a hateful identity group.
See, that’s the goal: make everyone in America fit into an identity group. If you oppose this, then you must be in that group. If you support that, then you must be in this group. Then, we pronounce which groups are “hate” groups according to our politics. We end up with one group hating another group because the other group is a hate group. Are you following? See what “they” are doing to Americans?
The violence we’ve seen recently is not about flags or statues but about anger and hate. A loosely knit group of organizations and individuals in powerful positions is fomenting division among Americans to gain political power and control. Their intrigues will never come to light in public. Look at all the investigations and “matters” that have produced nothing but smoke and mirrors. Not one among this powerful movement is going to jail; nevertheless, many have died for roles they have played. And, many more innocents have tragically become “collateral damage” as they call it.
While the politically powerful in politics, media and academia continue to follow their divisive agenda, the rest of us need to join hands literally and figuratively as fellow Americans, rather than hyphenated Americans. We need to continue helping each other and praying for one another regardless of our differences. God has blessed America perhaps more than any other nation in history. We’re well overdue in returning to God and his ways.
Daniel L. Gardner is a contributing columnist who lives in Starkville. Reach him at PJandMe2@gmail.com.
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