Here’s the thing.
If you lived in a society where you were treated as a second class citizen because you had green eyes, I would absolutely be in favor of you having a “Green Eyes Pride Day” to say to the world “Hell, no, I will not be ashamed for what I am, nor will I allow you to treat me poorly simply because of my eye color. I am proud of who I am.”
So if there was ever a time where whites (or men, or Christians) were being constantly discriminated against in our society, I would then say it would be fine to have a “White Pride” day.
But if you’re the ones doing the discrimination, you have nothing to be proud of.
Let the Nazis and confederate traitors buy the statues and put them on their own property and let’s stop using taxpayer money to upkeep monuments to people who advocated holding others as property.
No one is trying to outlaw statues (or confederate flags). We just don’t think we should be paying for them with our tax dollars.
“But Jefferson had slaves!” someone always responds. “Next you’ll want to tear down the Washington monument, too!”
No. Neither Washington or Jefferson declared treason against the United States and were willing to kill people in order to keep their slaves. We can make that distinction easily enough.
Many of these statutes were erected in the Jim Crow days, years after the Civil War, by southerners who insisted on celebrating the losers and the racists who caused the bloodiest war in American history.
Imagine having a statue to the KKK in the center of your city, complete with hoods and a burning cross in the background. Imagine how the Jewish residents of the city would feel walking past that every day. That’s how our black Americans feel when they pass by the monuments honoring people who committed war in order to hold blacks as property.
This isn’t censorship. The statues can still exist. Let the bigots move these to private property and let them take care of them, in the same way we need to remove Ten Commandment monuments from public property.
Bottom line: We should not be using taxpayer money on people who rebelled and declared treason against that same government that now pays for the statues.
If you ever said to yourself “If I had been around when the nazis started to rise, I would have fought them!” — now’s your chance to prove it.
Tolerance is a good thing when we’re talking about people’s lifestyles which hurt no one else.
It does not mean tolerating hate, discrimination and bigotry that does hurt people.
The two sides are not “equally at fault.” Nazis and Confederate supporters are wrong. We fought wars with them both in the past. Wars they started in which millions died.
There is no way to claim that those who fought against them, who defended freedom, were at fault.
Keep exposing these nazis. Make their faces known, let people know where they work, make them lose their jobs.
No, it isn’t a first amendment issue. Look at it this way:
If you’re an employer and you have a far left employee, he or she may believe in universal health care and gay rights and maybe even communism if they’re way out there, and it’s very likely that will never come up at the job and won’t affect their employment in the slightest.
But if you have an alt-right nazi KKK member working for you, then they believe that people who aren’t like them are inferior, should be kept out of the country, should have no rights. And they’re probably going to be dealing with women and minorities and gays and immigrants in the job — and even your other employees. Their views absolutely affect not just their jobs but your reputation as an employer. How can a black person or a gay person or a Jewish person expect to be treated with respect from your business when you have people like that working there?
So yes. Expose them. Make them realize there are consequences to their hatred.
This is Peter Cvjetanovic. He’s a student at the University of Nevada.