The Charlottesville Saga: Not my Apology To Make

Austin, Texas, USA - November 19, 2016: A group of 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators protest just south of the Capitol grounds. The 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators, numbering about 20 people at the most, came from Houston with the message that the hate crime law is unfair to white people.

Austin, Texas, USA - November 19, 2016: A group of 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators protest just south of the Capitol grounds. The 'White Lives Matter' demonstrators, numbering about 20 people at the most, came from Houston with the message that the hate crime law is unfair to white people.

Madison Dibble

In August, a group of low-life, eternal-virgin white supremacists marched with tiki-torches raised in Charlottesville in a rally they called “Unite The Right.” This march was a shameful gathering of the worst type of people that left an innocent woman dead and our nation—above all else—deeply saddened.

It isn’t fair to say that people were surprised this happened. Tensions have been building and the Alt-Right’s ever-growing voice in main stream media was a clear warning sign. This national media attention, paired with President Trump’s weak condemnations and nods on social media, left the Alt-Right with a thirst for attention. Everyone knows the best way to get attention is to make noise.

So, they did. And they reminded everyone that this hatred is out there.

There were many responses to this horrific event, with the weakest and most disappointing response coming from the White House. President Trump was right to condemn violence on both sides, but he had the opportunity to name the evil and he didn’t. It isn’t difficult to say, “I condemn the violence of the disgusting Alt-Right neo-Nazis. I also condemn the violent response of the spineless Antifa members.” It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but for a man who “knows the best words,” it was spineless to not name the groups involved.

While President Trump tip-toed around offending the Nazis in Charlottesville, the media had a field day pointing out how this rally was President Trump and his fellow Republicans’ faults—after all, it was a “Unite the Right” rally.

Top conservatives jumped on their Twitter accounts to type up the strongest 140 character “I-am-not-a-white-supremacist” statements they could muster, tripping over themselves in attempt to distance themselves from the Alt-Right (now one-in-the-same with “Neo Nazis”).

The kind of response these Republican congresswomen and congressmen took is stupid.

The Alt-Right is not a conservative movement. They are literally national socialists, just like as the Nazis they worship. The Alt-Right’s founder and human-pile-of-trash Richard Spencer backed a universal health care plan, the Left’s abortion-on-demand pro-choice policies.and he stands against economic globalism.

The Alt-Right may currently find themselves on the right side of the spectrum, but they are not conservatives. Further proof can be found in their treatment of Never Trump conservatives. Ben Shapiro, the editor of the Daily Wire and a staunch Never Trump conservative, was the number one recipient of Alt-Right anti-Semitic tweets. The Alt-Right despises conservatives.

I refuse to apologize for a movement I am not a part of; it is their place to apologize for their despicable actions, not mine. I refuse to virtue signal to make myself feel better about the Alt-Right taking my political party and using it as their own. I refuse to even acknowledge that this movement is at all related to conservatism because it isn’t.

At the end of the day, public condemnations are nothing but virtue signals. A cop making a Facebook post condemning police brutality does nothing. A Muslim tweeting a condemnation of a terrorist attack in Spain does nothing. A Republican writing an article about how racism is bad does nothing.

What does make a difference is taking care of the company we keep. A cop having a conversation with members of his or her department about brutality makes a difference. Muslims engaging their fellows and speaking out against extremism in their own communities make a difference. Republicans must be vigilant and call out the “Alt-Right” Nazis when they cross paths.

As conservatives, this evil is in our house and we have to deal with it when we see it. The same can be said for liberals when dealing with the thugs who claim to be the only group of anti-fascists. When someone is doing wrong in your name, you must deal with it.

Don’t virtue signal on social media that you are not a racist, just because someone did something racist in your name.

America has always been about the individual. I am not going to apologize for the evil done by others, just because they falsely claim to be members of my party.

After all, isn’t casting mass and incorrect judgments the root of the racism in Charlottesville?