If we insist on viewing Saturday’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia as an alt-right convulsion, we are refusing to see how it reflects the deep and frightening divisions percolating in our country. Donald Trump got it right.
As Charlottesville and Donald Trump rekindle debates surrounding Confederate statues and monuments, America should look to other countries’ tortured histories and controversial memorials to get a grip on how to handle its own.
If we talked about what happened in Charlottesville the way we talk about events in a foreign country, here's how Western media would cover it. (Most of those quoted in the "story" below are fictional.)
By blaming “both sides” in clashes between protestors and Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK in Charlottesville, Donald Trump has created a moral crisis in America. Either citizens repudiate hate groups or they excuse them.
Two years ago, I argued that the statues of Lexington Confederates John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge should remain outside the old courthouse where they have stood for more than a century. I was wrong.