I am glad that my parents and peers who have helped to influence my life have for the most part been tolerant people from many walks of life. I am thankful that my education has been from verified sources taught by good teachers who have not used the subject they were teaching me to push their own agenda, and none of their agendas were hate-based anyway. I am appreciative that I have been able to travel and experience other parts of my country and the world to observe firsthand the differences and similarities that set apart and unite others from myself. I have not lived what I would call the most cultured life, and I have certainly been guilty of some prejudicial thinking (Pollocks are incredibly loud, crass people sometimes), yet I have always had the sufficient sense and guidance to know better than to despise someone with such fervent hatred that I would act violently toward them in both words and actions. I always attempt to understand the views of others when they are different from my own, but I can see no justification for the horrendous stance of white supremacists and neo-Nazis. We must all work together peacefully to change the culture of anger and hate that such groups have, and we here on the ground level of America need to be the change we wish to see in this world because we cannot count upon our heads of state to do more than exacerbate the situation.
Fortunately, unlike the President, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe did have a strong response that condemned the white supremacists and applauded those who helped the victims of their disturbing acts.
Similarly, the true leader of the Free World, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, denounced Nazi violence in the US and called it “disgusting”.
In the wake of any tragedy I often seek out comedy as a means of healing, and frequently there is a poignancy within what could have easily been humorous fodder that helps to assuage my uncertainty and renew my hope. When it comes to nailing the inherent flaws of racist ideology, few comedians – hell, few people do it better than Dave Chappelle. And with the opening episode of his magnificent Chappelle’s Show, Dave Chappelle gave us one of the best skits in television history with a skewering of racism as he played Clayton Bigsby, a blind black man who was the leader of a major white supremacy movement. The irony is overwhelming… and hilarious! Check out Part 1 and Part 2.
In addition to looking for laughs where I can find them, I watch movies that help me contemplate what is on my mind. Right now nothing seems more fitting than American History X which shows the hypocrisy of hate and the cultural frustrations that drive men and women to it in the vicious cycle of racism that people like the white supremacists in Virginia purvey.
Thanks for reading and watching. Please respect your fellow men and women no matter how different they may be from you.