The Real Meaning of “On Many Sides”

Politician Direct USPOLITICSTRUMPSOCIETYRIGHTSRACISM.jpeg.CROP.promo-xlarge2 The Real Meaning of “On Many Sides” Politics Slate    President Donald Trump speaks to the press about protests in Charlottesville, Virinia, on Saturday at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

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On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined forces at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally to “Unite the Right.” This congregation of white people who love the president of the United States and hate racial, ethnic, and religious minorities chanted “blood and soil” and extended their arms in stiff salutes. The rally culminated in the death of at least one person when the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, seemingly with the intent to maim and injure.

On Nov. 19, 1863, as the Union and Confederate armies waged a war to determine whether black people were property, President Abraham Lincoln stood up at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and articulated his vision of what the United States should be. He called for a promise that “these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom.”

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