For those of us who are white, it’s important to see what’s happening in Charlottesville and be reminded yet again that this is just the tip of the iceberg; racism is still very much alive in this country.
If this many people can show up in one place for a blatantly racist rally (and not even in the Deep South), it shouldn’t be hard for us to recognize that there are lots and lots of far more subtle racist acts that are committed every day by people who don’t see themselves as racist and would never go to a rally like this.
One of the worst things we can do as white folks who oppose racism is to assume it’s dead or nearly dead and fail to hear the stories of our friends and neighbors who experience it daily. And yet, the truth is that it’s easy to feel like it is when you don’t witness it yourself. So let’s witness this and not forget what we saw today.