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It Took Two Days For Trump To Publicly Denounce White Supremacists In Charlottesville And Americans Noticed

“Let there be no confusion: this was deliberate terrorism.”

The United States of America is still shocked about the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia the led to a car being used to attack a group of anti-racism protesters. Brennan Gilmore, a witness to the attack, recorded the car accelerating towards the crowd then hastily reversing out of the area. He posted the video to Twitter. We urge viewer discretion as the video is violent.

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., who was photographed earlier in the day among the white supremacists and neo-Nazis at the “Unite the Right” rally protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue in the city. Those Fields attacked were counter-protesters. Fields is currently in custody.

According to The New York Times, the attack on the counter-protesters happened at 1:45 p.m. local time and resulted in the death of one woman, Heather Heyer.

A man named Tommy, an organizer for the Richmond, Virginia chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) who spoke to ABC News on partial anonymity, says the kind of hatred and racism that was broadcast to the world is nothing new. Tommy was in the crowd that was struck by the car and survived the incident. He told ABC News that as a Latino living in the south, what happened isn’t surprising.

“I hate to break it to people who might not know it, but this kind of hate has always been in America,” he told ABC News about the violent clashes in Charlottesville. He added that the solidarity demonstrations that popped up around the country after the assault gave him hope.

“Yesterday was the both the happiest and most terrifying day of my life,” he said. “If people want to know how to help the people in the south who are dealing with it in a very visceral way, they should work in their own communities – organize locally.”

President Trump gave a brief statement the same day as the attack but his response has been widely considered a failure of leadership for not denouncing the white supremacist, neo-Nazi and racist groups behind the violent attacks directly.

“We’re closely following the terrible events unfolding in Charlottesville, Virginia,” Trump told the press. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides, on many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.”

A White House spokesperson later clarified that Trump was referring to the counter-protest as one of the sides inciting violence and hatred, according to CNN.

People took to social media to air their grievance against the president’s original comments.

Trump is known to take things to Twitter and publicly calling out people he is arguing with, whether it is fellow Republicans or North Korea. However, after a tiki torch filled rally on the University of Virginia campus and the vicious attack on counter-protesters, Trump stayed silent on Twitter.

Others saw it as par for the course in terms of race relations in the country.

There have been numerous reported incidents of KKK and neo-Nazi resurgence since President Trump was elected in November 2016. Not only have there been KKK marches, members of the white supremacy group have expressly admitted that their actions are a direct result of Trump’s victory and a way of fulfilling his campaign promises.

Jorge Ramos dropped facts that show an increase in hate groups in the U.S.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there was a dramatic increase in hate groups across the country.

Wendy Carrillo, a fixture in Los Angeles politics, recounted a Twitter feud she had with former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke in March.

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“Trump’s failure to denounce white supremacy is reprehensible, but not surprising,” Carrillo wrote on Facebook following the attack. “We are all too familiar with the realities of what is happening because our communities have been fighting against injustice longer than I’ve been alive. Today’s events are a reminder, a jolt, of what many have been saying is the reality of hate in this country. This is not the moment to be passive or moderate, this is a moment to accept the reality of institutional racism that plagues our nation.”

Republican strategist and commentator Ana Navarro has never shied away from calling out Trump’s shortcomings.

It has been reported by numerous sources that Trump’s base is largely populated by white supremacists.

Even Republican politicians that have typically voted in favor of the Trump agenda have spoken up against the president’s weak tone, including Ted Cruz.

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“The Nazis, the KKK, and white supremacists are repulsive and evil, and all of us have a moral obligation to speak out against the lies, bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred that they propagate,” Ted Cruz wrote on Facebook. “Having watched the horrifying video of the car deliberately crashing into a crowd of protesters, I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute this grotesque act of domestic terrorism.”

Even Marco Rubio denounced the actions in Charlottesville by calling the groups out by name.

Some people have criticized Cruz and Rubio as posturing for a 2020 return. Trump did give it another go and denounced the groups by name, but for many it is too late. Two days too late.

You can watch Trump’s latest Charlottesville remarks below.



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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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A 70-Year-Old Mexican-American Woman Was Attacked Because Her Assailant Thought She Was Asian

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In another incident that highlights the anti-Asian sentiment that is on the rise in recent months, a 70-year-old California woman was attacked in Eagle Rock, earlier this month. According to news reports, a young woman attacked her while she was exiting the bus to pick up groceries.

The elderly woman, who goes by Becky, is Mexican-American. But her attacker yelled an anti-Asian slur at her before physically assaulting her.

According to AAPI news site Asian Dawn, Becky’s attacker was a 23-year-old woman who was also riding the bus with her. The woman did nothing to provoke the attack. The young woman ended up dragging the older woman from the back of the bus to the front of the bus. Becky ended up in the hospital with a broken nose, a concussion, two severely swollen eyes, and chunks of her hair torn from her head.

According to Becky’s son, who only goes by Pete, while the family are Mexican-American, people often mistake their family for being of Asian descent. According to Pete, no one intervened to stop the young woman from attacking his mother.

“Nobody would help. Not even the bus driver,” the woman’s son told The Eastsider.

Finally, the young woman stopped her attack after a fellow passenger called 911. The police were able to apprehend the young woman after issuing a bulletin for her arrest.

According to Pete, his mother has a long road of recovery ahead of her. Already suffering from lupus and arthritis, her mother is having trouble walking. Her leg is badly bruised from the assault.

The fact that the victim was Mexican-American serves to illustrate how ignorant and hateful these racist attacks are. There is no rhyme or reason to hate.

Many are linking the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the virus originated in Wuhan, China. The violent racists that have been attacking people who appear to be of Asian descent believe that Asian-Americans are somehow personally responsible for the pandemic.

If you to support the #StopAsianHate cause, donate to organizations like gofundme.com/AAPI or the Asian American Legal defense fund here.

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

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Here’s How You Can Help Daunte Wright’s Family After He Was Killed By Police

Police have taken another Black man’s life, this time it’s 20-year-old Daunte Wright. Protests have broken out in cities across the country as the nation reacts to the killing of yet another young Black man.

But as the nation reacts to the murder, Wright’s family – his mother and child – need all the support they can get right now and thankfully there are many ways that we can all be better allies while helping support the family that Wright leaves behind.

Daunte Wright is the third high-profile police murder in Minneapolis.

Daunte Wright was driving to his older brother’s house with his girlfriend on Sunday afternoon, when police pulled him over for expired tags. Police said they found an existing warrant for Wright’s arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

Bodycam footage revealed Officer Kim Potter shot Wright when she claimed to be reaching for her taser. He died on the scene, just 10 miles from where former police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd.

According to CNN, Daunte’s death is at least the third high-profile death of a Black man at the hands of police in Minnesota in the last five years. And Daunte Wright’s death comes less than a year after the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked protests around the world.

Daunte Wright leaves behind a family still struggling with such an immense loss.

Daunte’s mother, Katie Wright, spoke out about the fear he experienced before his death. Daunte called her after the police pulled him over, at the suggestion of his older brother. “I know my son was scared. He’s afraid of the police, and I just seen and heard the fear in his voice. But I don’t know why, and it should have never escalated the way it did,” Katie told Good Morning America on April 13.

According to Katie, Daunte believed he was getting pulled over for his hanging air fresheners, then she heard “scuffling” and an officer told him to hang up the phone. “I tried to call back three, four times and the girl that was with him answered the phone and she said that they shot him and he was lying in the driver’s seat unresponsive.”

If you’d like to help support Daunte’s family and demand justice, below are a few resources and action items:

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