This is America…. A gang of white men half masked walking in broad daylight with police escorts, all coordinated in their uniformed outfits dressed in khaki pants and caps, blue jackets, and white face masks, stormed the Lincoln Memorial at the National Mall in Washington DC this past Saturday.
These withe nationalists were reportedly members and affiliates of the “Patriot Front” and according to reliable sources including The Southern Poverty Law Center, the “Patriot Front” is a mostly young group of white nationalists that that emerged out of the Charlottesville Virginia “Unite The Right” white extremist rally which turned deadly. James Fields (white supremacist/neo-Nazi militant) drove a car through a crowd of innocents and killed Heather Heyer. Fields was found guilty of the first degree murder and sentenced for life to prison. Then-President Donald Trump failed to fully condemn these efforts and stated that “both sides” were somehow to blame for confrontations and the deadly 2017 incident. Trump refused to condemn white supremacy, and many believe he fuelled tensions that were fueled by new racist ideas. This reminds many of past Ku Klux Klan crimes against humankind in America.
This Patriot Front organization is apparently a spinoff from “Vanguard America,” another similar hate group involved in that dangerous rally. Unlike Vanguard America, the Patriot Front group reportedly focuses on well-produced “theatrics” and white nationalist rhetoric to enlist and engage members to their organization across the country.
You can see the members of the rally saying dangerous things in the video taken this Saturday.
“Live, Liberty & Victory!”
“Get out the country if you don’t like it.”
As we learn more about these details, we continue to be challenged on why the government allows these aggressive white groups to assemble and promote their efforts to “reclaim America.” Reclaim it from whom? What can you do with it? Do large numbers of people in America feel the same way about America diversification? Are they more concerned with Americans of color exercising their voting rights?
Although there’s no evidence that this group held a permit to conduct their race-stimulating stunt, they were closely guarded by police and closely monitored. The Metropolitan Police spokesperson said that the “First Amendment demonstration was peaceful with no incidents or arrests.”
As we learn more about these details, we continue to be challenged on why the government allows these aggressive white groups to assemble and promote their efforts to “reclaim America.” Reclaim it from who? What can you do with it? Do large numbers of people in America feel the same way about America diversification? Are they more concerned with Americans of color exercising their voting rights?
These actions are taking place during a tense time when national leaders ignore racist and violent comments by legislators, threats made on a Muslim Congresswoman, and almost an entire political party refusing to support The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021, which is proposed legislation that would restore and strengthen parts of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, certain portions of which were struck down by United States Supreme Court decisions.
This is a time to focus and defeat racism and violence. America is the best place to be.