Photo of hundreds of white nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the “alt-right” march down East Market Street toward Emancipation Park during the “Unite the Right” rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.
We all do it. As we go about our daily lives, we look past national problems that may not hit us personally. We know the problem is there, but we let it simmer until it boils over.
In Charlottesville this past weekend, a problem boiled over – and people died.
Let’s look for solutions rather than pointing fingers
In business as well as government, I have always found it to be more productive to talk about solutions, rather than blame. There is almost always plenty of blame to go around, and in the case of the violence and murder in Charlottesville, that obviously begins with the thugs who came to town looking for a fight. Murder is murder, and I hope that anyone who contributed to the death and injury that occurred gets the punishment they deserve.
As for the rest of us, it’s just too easy for us to take comfort in the fact that the vast majority of Americans aren’t racists, and that we all condemn the white supremacists who showed up in Charlottesville.
That cannot be the end of the story. First, let’s begin with admitting that racism exists. It does, and as long as we have ignorant thugs among us, it may always exist at some level. But that doesn’t exempt us from the imperative to examine laws and policies that we can control – and that are in reality racist and discriminatory, even if not intentionally so.
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Bigotry reared its despicable head in Charlottesville, and we are rightfully disgusted and outraged. And no one is suggesting that a piece of legislation or a government policy is somehow responsible for violence and murder for which there is no justification.
But at the same time, let’s at least turn our outrage into a productive and overdue look at what we can do to place our laws, our rhetoric and our politics squarely on the side of equality under the law and against any form of discrimination.