I cannot believe it is 2017 and I am having to write this opinion piece, but it seems that it is needed.  There will be no mincing of words here: the white supremacists, neo-Nazis, neofascists, and white nationalists who collectively marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12th, 2017, under the “Unite the Right” banner are a vile, despicable, and shameful part of American culture. 

I only wish there was no place for them here, but alas there is, and has been for a very long time.  In a country with constitutionally-mandated free speech and free assembly rights, they are an inevitable result, as ideologies that refuse to die (along with communism, by the way).  It is what it is, and these sickening specimens of human garbage should be allowed to spew their putrid hatred as long as they do so in a non-violent way.

Now that we have established that they have the right to exist and speak, however, let us shine a bright light on these worthless leeches, and see them for what they are.  They are desperate, lonely, pathetic, and sad men (mostly), who see themselves as victims because they fear that other (non-white) races are usurping “their” country.  It has always been theirs, as far as they are concerned, including when Irish Catholics started arriving in large numbers in the 19th century, and were also shunned and hated. 

The Irish, you see, were not “natives,” nor did they practice the correct religion.  For that, they were crapped on by white nativists at the time.  Today, hispanic immigrants take most of the heat.  We do not even have to go into the Native Americans or African-Americans.  You see, the shit keeps getting dumped out the window, and it just falls on different groups at different times.  Some get it worse than others, through institutionalized oppression, while others get away with only minor bouts of cultural assault.  Regardless, it is sadly nothing new.