“Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” -Elie Wiesel
By now, if you haven’t heard about Charlottesville, you must be living in la la land. It’s been covered by every online news source and television program, as well as plastered all over social media platforms. Most Americans are shocked and outraged at the brazen display of clear hatred, but there’s also a terrifying number of citizens who think that the violence on “both sides” is to blame (*cough* the president… *cough*). Let’s get one thing straight: likening the Nazi rally in Charlottesville to anything Black Lives Matter or any other minority activist group has done is ludicrous. And quite frankly, I can’t believe I even have to say that…but let me explain. The comparison of white supremacists (whites are the master race) to Black Lives Matter (stop murdering black people) is mind-blowingly ignorant, bigoted and down-right stupid. A white supremacist plowed down 20 people, killing Heather Heyer, and injuring the rest. A group of Nazis brutally assaulted a young black activist, Deandre Harris, with poles. So, while these terrorists are actively killing people-innocent Americans-BLM demonstrators have, at worst, destroyed property and caused chaos.