An Open Letter To Donald Trump

Charlottesville

      Dear Mr. President,

Martin Luther King once said, ”The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” But you sir, didn’t remain neutral...but rather went a step further in order to defend and side with the face of evil. What you said in your press conference was a middle finger to the face of every American. It looked like it was painful for you to read your initial, scripted statements. It almost seemed as if someone held a gun to your head and threatened to kill your presidency unless you officially came out and denounce bigotry. You immediately said that "many sides" were to blame for the tragedy that took place in Charlottesville. Correction: There was only ONE side to blame. That side were the white supremacists. What other side was there? Jews? Hispanics? Heather Heyer? Me? What I witnessed this past weekend was an attack on everything what our country is suppose to stand for...freedom, justice, and equality. I was watching armed Neo-Nazis and KKK members parading on the streets with torches while chanting hateful slogans. How can you possibly put Nazis and people who were protesting against Nazism on the same moral plane? The people that came out to protest against these white nationalists are the true patriots of this country. As civil Americans, we may not always like how groups like ANTIFA or BLM go about promoting their message with occasional violence. But seeing that as a 19 year old black male gave me some encouragement, or at least a piece of mind to know that there are still people out there that are willing to stand up and fight for me and other minorities in this country. The fact that you can say that there were “good people” on both sides is disgusting and repulsive to American values that we hold dear.  You said that “all of them weren’t white supremacist.” But how can one genuinely call himself a decent, moral person if they choose to march the streets with Neo-Nazis and KKK members? This constant wink, nods, and dog whistles ultimately emboldened the worst kind of people in America. By not expressing clear criticism, you enable the actions of hatred and bigotry. There has been a resurgence of overt racism not just in Charlottesville, but in America. After your initial statements, these white nationalist were praising your words. The Daily Stormer (a Neo-Nazi website) stated, “Trump’s comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. He said he loves us all. Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalist supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God Bless him.” This writer from the Daily Stormer was right...no condemnation or specificity. Evidently, there was something wrong with your statements...and the fact that you didn’t feel compelled to correct this obvious misstep makes you complicit. At your press conference on Tuesday you were asked more questions about the matter. When asked why you waited so long you said, “I wanted to wait for the facts.” To quote OutKast, “Me and you and your momma and your cousin too” all know that's a blatant lie. You’ve never waited or had any regard for facts before jumping to your own conclusions. You stated former President Barack Obama wasn’t born in this country. You claimed that Barack Obama “wiretapped” you. You said three million people voted illegally. Just a quick question...if this was a Muslim that drove his car in a crowd full of people, would you have waited for the facts? Would you have said, “We condemn hatred on many sides”? Or would you be strongly denouncing radical Islamic terrorists? You’ve never been shy when it comes to denouncing someone. You’ve denounced actors like Meryl Streep, news host like Mika Brzezinski, your own attorney general, and we’re constantly reminded of your disapproval of the media on a daily basis. So how are you uncharacteristically silent...or at the very least hesitant, to denounce white supremacists? It seems that you don’t understand  the gravitas of this situation. The office of the presidency is also supposed to serve as the moral authority of this country. You’re suppose to represent all Americans. It’s a shame that I have to look to Heather Heyer’s mother for words of healing at her own daughter’s memorial service. You love golf...condemning Neo-Nazis and white supremacists should have been an easy birdie putt, but somehow you find yourself finishing with a triple bogey. Sir, you failed. During the campaign, you asked me, “What do you have to lose?” My answer...everything.