I haven’t said much in reference to the events in Charlottesville, but here are my thoughts. We have two sides: The white supremacists, the neo-Nazis, etc.
Then you have the people who vehemently oppose what those aforementioned groups stand for. My PROBLEM, however, is with the wishy-washy folks in the middle. They are the ones who are causing me consternation. The people in the middle have an excuse, a retort, a comparison, and reason why evil/hate cannot be absolute. They bring up counter-arguments that have no true relevance to what is being discussed; these people…more so than the supremacists, are the barrier to progress. These “gray folks” are the ones who say they support justice, truth, and human dignity, yet their posts, and their comments suggest they have a predilection for ignoring reality. The KKK and their affiliates stand firm in their tainted beliefs, but at least I know where they stand. The “gray folks” are the ones who say they support you and then vote against you. The “gray folks” are the ones who say they “understand,” but lack the courage to stand up and say something. The “gray folks” are the ones who will troll your comment section to create a caveat for why they cannot support what is being done in the name of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, yet they will label themselves a patriot. My friends….I am not as afraid of the white-supremacist, as I am of the “gray folks…” These are the folks that when the lynch mob comes, they deny they know you. Yet, they follow the lynch mob at a distance, never saying anything. Then they stand in the back of the crowd and pity you as the rope is placed around your neck, they stand in horror as the stand is kicked out from under your feet, their stomach turns in disbelief as you hang their gasping for air, and they hang their head in shame as you die…yet they said or did nothing….these are the dangerous people in our society. Whether republican or democrat there are some things that cannot be tolerated, and if you beg to argue that…then we have a problem.
Byron Washington, MPA is a Consultant, Youth Mentor, and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Princeton University. He currently resides in Shanghai, China with his family. - "Change Without Direction is Chaos"