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Time to unite & keep neo-Nazi White Walkers at bay

Republicans can't let the KKK or neo-Nazis co-opt a mainstream brand. The "alt-right" is not just a more extreme version of the Tea Party. They're cobras. I'm not over-reacting — they call themselves Nazis. Republicans like Ally Miller & Martha McSally will have to choose a side in the battle of good vs. evil.... Read more»

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Aug 16, 2017, 7:40 pm
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I’ve been horrified by the attempts at equivocation between alt-righters and civil-rights defenders, these past few days.

What the hell happened to US that we suddenly think nazis and fascists aren’t so bad?

I miss my country. Sure, it had its flaws, but when people used to fly nazi flags, other people used to kick the shit out of them.

Fuck nazis. Fuck separatists. Fuck all these hateful pieces of shit.

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Aug 16, 2017, 10:50 pm
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Blake, of course you’re right about the Nazis, McSally’s dithering, Miller’s childishness, Trump’s ultimate corruption, and the challenge the current situation presents on a non-partisan basis to all Americans.

But your readers may conflate your proper outrage with Nazi legitimation on the right with our deepening appreciation of racism—its prevalence and the toll it takes on our values, our sense of national community, and America’s prestige in the world at large (which comes with real economic and strategic costs).

Racism exists in America because too many Americans are comfortable with it. The Nazis do is one favor: showing us the ugliness in impossible to ignore ways. But for two centuries now, Americans have tolerated and many benefited from prevalent racism. Even a Civil War, the deadliest in our nation’s history, changed only the legal facade of race relations. We are the ones in this historical moment, in every historical moment, who must take an oath to oppose racism and appreciate as a strength our nation’s diversity, Nazis or no Nazis.

No other society can claim to reflect the rest of the world as can our nation of immigrants (including slaves and indentured servants) and proud Native Americans. It is what makes us admired and able to exert leadership of an extraordinary quality. It is also that which enables us to be free, our society’s regard for every human being—an ideal we can be proud of if we are determined to make it real.

Thanks for your impassioned article. It’s issues like these that need to come to the fore, because their resolution will make every other issue—education and healthcare and sustainable economies and climate change and an end to rampant militarism and time to think about and redesign our and successive generations’ future—so much easier to address, once our social justice and equality challenges are met and conquered. We can do it.

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Aug 18, 2017, 10:59 pm
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You’re beyond help. Hope you get a life sometime.

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