I am, among other things, a white person. So let me say for the record:
Just in case you couldn’t tell, I will personally not tolerate this absolute bullshit where neo nazis openly parade their white supremacist misogynistic antisemitic trans/homophobic islamophobia (&etc) right down the street in order to provoke and attack others & instigate race riots, IN THE NAME OF FREE SPEECH no less.
I will not tolerate these little get-togethers being PERMITTED by the various levels of government.
I will not tolerate the police chumming around with neo nazis who are literally geared up for and actively, incessantly inciting violence- police waiting until the violence errupts/progresses to do anything- police defending and dismissing the purposeful brutality of neo nazi attackers as understandable given the circumstances. I will not tolerate the police behaving as if the nazis were the people who needed to be protected, and NOT the rest of us.
I will not tolerate the media reporting on white terrorism in neutral, deflecting, false terms. This isn’t a rally or a parade, and that car intentionally driving at 40 mph into a line of peaceful protestors isn’t a crash. CNN instinctually jumped to assign blame for the Pulse shooting to ISIS on no grounds whatsoever, but it can’t say that a white nationalist hate group started race riots in Virginia? Bull. Shit.
I will not tolerate people steering this into a dialogue about mental illness or gun control. These white supremacists aren’t insane. This isn’t about their automatic rifles. And these people and their blatant racism aren’t fringe or few and far between. This white supremacy is being perpetuated and endorsed openly all across the country. This is happening in Virginia right now because hatred and fear is being disseminated and tolerated in our communities every day.
We need to own that and fight it at the source. Every. Day. I will not tolerate “jokes” or slurs or slights or insinuations. I will not tolerate threats or bullies.
I will not tolerate people steering this into a discussion about free speech. My freedom to go safely about my day instead of fearing for my life comes first. Freedom of speech is not freedom to commit hate crimes and incite terror and brutality.
I will not tolerate lukewarm condemnations of literal nazis rallying to take over my country. I will not tolerate so-called moderate or reasonable responses. I will not tolerate anything but outright denunciations of terrorism and hate-mongering. This absolutely offensive refusal of Trump to condemn white terrorism- or even sometimes to acknowledge the acts or their victims- is morally reprehensible. Trump is passively condoning and enabling neo nazis. This is absolutely intolerable.
I will not tolerate the intolerable.
It. Is. Intolerable.
See also: White Feelings: 0-60 for Charlottesville