Chaos is Charlottesville
Has a shift in American demographics spawned an identity crisis?
An idenity crisis is defined as a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a person’s sense of identity becomes insecure, typically due to a change in their expected aims or role in society.
America is changing, becoming more brown as population growth slows among whites. Non-whites now comprise a majority of kindergartners; by the next presidential election, the Census Bureau predicts non-whites will be a majority of all children; and by 2044, no specific racial group will be the majority of the United States. By 2012, whites were 72 percent of the electorate, although a significant majority, it was enough of a drop for former president Obama to win the presidential election with just 39 percent of the white vote — the lowest winning share for any Democratic candidate in a two-way presidential race.
Has this change in demographic spawned an identity crisis among some white males?
So what does a 20 year old white supremacist in 2017 have in common with a Confederate statute? Besides skin color, the belief that the white man is supreme and superior, the single best thing that could have ever happened to America and to other groups of people they came into contact with such as the Native Americans whose land was stolen after genocide and the Africans they enslaved. The belief that the white man despite his faults, should be dominant over other races-God’s gift to the world, the good guy, the only good guy.
Removal of these Confederate monuments in the minds of these egomaniacal white supremacists represents rejection of such white supremacy and superiority, that somehow they and their beliefs about themselves in relation to others is flawed and unwanted. Charlottesville is the result of white fragility and the acting out that often follows. When racial security is challenged this can be a barrier for people with a weak sense of identity to move forward and function normally in society.
History, no matter how dark or painful should never be erased, for it is a teaching tool and serves as a lesson for society to never go there again. However, this dark, painful history should not to glamorized or idolized.
All Confederate monuments should be taken down from state/municipal/public buildings and placed in a museum. Let these alt-right, Neo-Nazi white supremacists drool over them there. Further, all schools bearing the name of Confederate generals should be renamed. It’s past time for America to stop celebrating white supremacy, slavery, treason and losing.