Who really were all those crazy white men who came to Charlottesville last weekend? It seems like most of them were NOT from Charlottesville at all. Thanks to the Internet they were able to spread their poisonous rhetoric far and near. And thanks to the Internet we are also able to find out who they are, and hopefully never let this happen again. But I am being overly optimistic, and as long as Trump is in the White House it looks like we are in for a lot more hatred and potentially violent episodes in the days ahead.
So it is not all about cable news stoking Trump’s bigotry and paranoia as I wrote earlier this week. The Internet also still seems a powerful force when used to coalesce and connect those who wish to do others harm. Fortunately, it can also be used to call out those who are hate mongers. “The mostly male crowd that participated in Friday night’s tiki-torch-lit rally did not cover their faces, and they were widely photographed. A Twitter account, @YesYoureRacist, began posting photographs of participants and uncovering their identities. . . The account would soon identify students enrolled at the University of Nevada and Washington State University, leading both of the schools to issue statements condemning racism.(Washington Post, 8/15/17).”
Remember the days of “Make Love, Not War.” A distant memory for many of us who attended college in the sixties. Many now seem to prefer Hate to Love.