During this time of extreme rioting and looting in America, some are blaming Donald Trump.
Case in point:
White Supremacists=Trump Supporters. These are Trump supporters burning and looting. https://t.co/DKyvP6mUJk
— Reza Aslan (@rezaaslan) May 30, 2020
See more on the above courtesy of Nick Arama’s RedState piece “Just Ignore Your Own Eyes, CNN’s Josh Campbell Implies White Supremacists Behind Riots In Minneapolis.”
Unfortunately, on Saturday — thanks to a climate of political fury — a man in South Carolina couldn’t ignore his eyes — they were looking at dozens of angry anti-Trumpers coming after him.
And why? He was wearing a red hat.
A response of the crowd: “F—–g Nazis!”
If only they knew that word stood for “National Socialists.”
But hey — it’s not history class; it’s a violent mob.
As relayed by The Daily Wire, Miranda Parnell — a reporter for Columbia’s WLTX — was covering protest in the city.
She caught on video Mr. Red Hat’s meeting with the others.
It didn’t go well for him.
— Miranda Parnell WIS (@miranda_parnell) May 30, 2020
Many on Twitter were fine with it (more language to come):
He looks like a plant. Trump has called for MAGA’s to “come out” tonight. This may be a precursor to a lot of violence tonight.
— Ronn E. TaylorAuthor (@e_ronn) May 30, 2020
Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
— Cocaine Circus Contortionists (@volt_air) May 30, 2020
Ridiculous. No need for him to provoke & antagonize the peaceful protesters.
— Stephen (@SWE122485) May 30, 2020
Trayvon Martin got killed for wearing a hoodie. That red hat was VERY intimidating. Those people acted justly
— an 𝕽&𝕭 ass nigga 💸☔️ (@its219AM) May 30, 2020
Racist walked down the wrong street today 🥊🥊😁
— #JustG (@RaiderLuv33) May 30, 2020
Shit we got hung and beat cause color of our skin… he be alright…🤷🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/fcgMUWTNI8
— Troy (@troymurphy_4) May 31, 2020
Showing up in a red maga hat in this day and age is the same as showing up in full klan regalia. It is used to taunt and evoke a reaction. Please let’s not act like he was unaware. The intent was to antagonize. Stop comparing that to what BLACK ppl experience.
— PUT YO MASK ON & POP OUT! (@ChinaDeLaghetto) May 31, 2020
Let’s not act anymore like that hat just represents support for the the prs Okay That fucking hat represents an initiation of war, humans locked in cages, 100,000 citizens dying from virus that was ignored and citizens being harmed for speaking up about a black man dying unjust
— Gio🍥 (@gioisalive) May 31, 2020
A red MAGA hat represents racism, not political views.
— Enjoylife🤠 (@lifeisajoyaz123) May 31, 2020
Come around here wearing that shit and you’re next
— Beezy✨ (@breeyahnaa) May 31, 2020
Clearly, we have a disastrous division in America. Portions of the populace react to those across the aisle with no apparent understanding of what they believe. The citizenry is bubbled; echo-chambered. And there are narratives at work feeding fear and desperation to those who lack the comfort of required information.
At the same time, an entire generation has been taught that words and ideas are violence.
And how do you stop violence? According to some, with more of it.
When a person can be chased and attacked for his or her viewpoint, we’ve reached a point of dire need.
There was a time when one ideological side trumpeted tolerance above all else. Whether that side ever rose to the occasion of practicing it, it’s now an altogether discarded idea.
And in its place now lies tyranny.
So I ask you: What can turn the tide of that captured in the clip above? What is the path to One Nation Under God? Or One Nation at all?
Sometimes I see the world and its torn seams, and I don’t know if there exists a needle and thread big enough.
Tell me: What do you see? And where is the tie that can bind?
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