Usually we publish a “Sunday Funday” link roundup on Sundays, devoted entirely to uplifting news. But we can’t really put “Sunday Funday” in a headline on this website today, and we’re also not a website capable of doing its own original reporting on the situation in Charlottesville, and thus instead what we have is some links and some space to talk about them.
+ On August 4th, It’s Going Down published a field guide to the groups and movements involved in the rally that began last Friday, What You Need to Know About the Nazi Rally in Charlottesville, VA – It’s Going Down: “As the Unite the Right protest draws closer, Alt-Right trolls and neo-Nazis have increased their calls from the safe space of the internet, for violence and openly are talking about bringing weapons and concealed firearms.”
+ Today, The Root talked to 20-year-old Deandre Harris, a Black man assaulted by White Supremacists in Charlottesville: “The beating happened right beside the police department, and no police were there to help me at all.” (Here is a GoFundMe for Harris)
+ From The New Yorker – The Ugly, Violent Clichés of White-Supremacist Terrorism: The “Unite the Right” rally, with its secondhand slogans—“blood and soil,” “Jew will not replace us”—and its hand-me-down flags was still less shocking given Charlottesville’s recent history.
+ At Forward, My Family Is Black and Jewish. Here’s What Charlottesville Means To Me:“But I also I felt a new pain today: the pain of being a mother. Today, it was personal. It was the pain of watching men march in opposition to our bi-racial Jewish-Black family. They oppose my life as Jew and the lives of my family members as Black Jews. They find the family life that brings me such joy to be an abomination.”
+ From Very Smart Brothas (which migrated to the Gizmodo Media platform this weekend): Those Va. Police Really Fucked The Dog in Charlottesville, Eh?: “As a black man, you almost never hear me ask the following question, but: where the fuck were the police?”
+ From this very website, Trump Lit The “Good Ol’ Boy” Torches That Set Charlottesville On Fire
+ This twitter account is attempting to identify the White Supremacists and Nazis pictured at the rally so that we can get them fired.
+ From The Cut, Charlottesville: The Truth About Women And White Supremacy: “Those who think white supremacy is a “white guys’ thing” must ask themselves about the nature of the fantasy they have constructed. Do we really believe the men holding torches in these photographs live in some sort of single-gendered society, or that the women they interact with hold no sway in their communities? There may be fewer of them marching with lit torches, but rest assured women are playing a powerful role wherever they can enact their agendas.”
+ Also from The Root, Donald Trump Just Blamed The White Supremacist Hunger Games on ‘Many Sides.’ Here’s What He Meant: “Some people are wondering what Trump specifically meant by condemning hate and bigotry “on many sides.” Allow us to explain: He means the side that hates people of color, and the people of color who are recipients of hate.”
+ From Jia Tolentino at The New Yorker, Charlottesville and the Effort to Downplay Racism in America | The New Yorker “It’s a community that manages to embody the honeyed ease of a small Southern enclave while modelling the progressive values and professional advancement of a liberal city. The idea is that there’s sophistication and dignity in Charlottesville—good food, tasteful living, and sun-dappled long afternoons. And there is. But, as certain reactions to recent events from white friends and politicians have reminded me, an air of enlightened blamelessness is more often concealment than it is proof.”
+ From ProPublica and Mother Jones, Police Stood By As Mayhem Mounted in Charlottesville: “In the weeks leading up to the protest, city and state officials put together a detailed plan for the rally, mobilizing 1,000 first responders, including 300 state police troopers and members of the National Guard. Judging from how events unfolded today, it appears that the strategy was to avoid direct confrontations with the protesters.”
+ From The Washington Post, Trump babbles in the face of tragedy: “Ultimately this was not merely the failure of rhetoric or context, but of moral judgment. The president could not bring himself initially to directly acknowledge the victims or distinguish between the instigators and the dead.”
+ From after the Affirmative Action announcement of last week, but (obviously) still relevant: “White resentment put Donald Trump in the White House.”
+ The KKK Rally In Charlottesville Proves Why #NoConfederate Is Needed: Confederate asks us to imagine a world in which the South did not lose, and white supremacy won. The rally in Charlottesville — and the systemic forces protecting the white nationalists behind it — proves that we are living in it.
+ The Forward’s reporting from Charlottesville: What A Jewish Journalist Saw, Heard In Charlottesville
- You can donate here to support the legal fund for the Charlottesville, VA anti-racist activists.
- Donate to the Black Student Alliance of University of Virginia fund here.
- Donate to the Legal Aid Justice Center which provides legal assistance to low-income individuals.
- If you’re striving to take steps towards being a white ally but you don’t know where to start, you can look into Safety Pin Box.
Finally, The Charlottesville Syllabus:
The Charlottesville Syllabus is a resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia. With resources selected and summaries written by UVa graduate students, this abridged version of the Syllabus is organized into six sections that offer contemporary and archival primary and secondary sources (articles, books, responses, a documentary, databases) and a list of important terms for discussing white supremacy.