Shaun King: Exposing The White Supremacists In Charlottesville


I use my words for a living, but I don’t quite have the words for what happened in America this past weekend in Charlottesville. Violent white supremacists and neo-Nazis descended on Virginia and were given an absolute pass first by local and state police who gave them full permission to not just take over the streets but to do so with torches and weapons, while they chanted anti-black, anti-gay, anti-Muslim, anti-Jewish, and anti-immigrant sentiments. Noticing that police were giving them full reign to say or do whatever they want, they turned violent while Donald Trump, the President of the United States went silent.

White supremacists on the ground saw Trump’s silence as an endorsement. When a man who has words for everything and everybody, all of a sudden has no words, it’s an endorsement. And as the violence crescendoed, Trump still refused to call them out. Soon, a young woman who was actually a volunteer in my Injustice Boycott, Heather Heyer, was killed and nearly 20 beautiful, peaceful people – including a young mother and daughter, were seriously injured when a white supremacist drove his car straight into an unsuspecting crowd.

For nearly 24 hours a day since we learned of the assault, I’ve worked to identify the five different men responsible for this heinous crime and we have identified two of the five white supremacists. One is Dan Borden, a widely known Neo-Nazi, who was one of the most brutal in the assault. We have videos of him openly bragging about it, using racial slurs, just minutes after it happened. His high school classmates and Facebook friends all identified him to me. We are 100% sure that’s him.

The other man we identified is Michael Alex Ramos, who decided to do a Facebook Live video soon after the assault, again, bragging about it. We have images of this man putting what appear to be brass knuckles on his hands before he assaulted Deandre – elevating the nature of his crime. Both men are huge Donald Trump supporters, both men are white supremacists, and we are 100% sure of their identities. At least three different people filmed the assault in horrific detail, but here we are. No arrests have been made, no warrants have been issued.

That was Saturday. This is Thursday.

Now, let’s juxtapose the freedom of Dan Borden and Michael Ramos with that of a courageous young sister named Takiya Thompson from Durham, North Carolina.

On Monday, Takiya Thompson wrapped a yellow strap around the neck of a Confederate statue in downtown Durham while people there in the community, primarily white people, helped pull it down, then stomped on it.

On Tuesday, Takiya was charged with multiple felonies then arrested. Do you hear what I’m saying? A black woman played a role in taking down a statue and justice is swift, but a group of white supremacists nearly kills a young black man, and all of a sudden justice slows down to a snail’s pitch.

I was told yesterday from a source inside of the Charlottesville Police Department that they’d soon be issuing arrest warrants for the two men we’ve identified, but I’ll believe it when I see it. It should’ve already happened. What this delay tells us is that in the eyes of this justice system, a black life means less than a white statue. In essence, even white statues have white privilege, and damaging them brings felony charges that were never brought against the men who not only mauled Deandre Harris, but I could sit right here and name 10,000 black men, women, boys, and girls killed by American police who never received the swift justice that the Confederate statue has already received.

I started off by saying I don’t quite have the words for how I’m feeling. By that, I mean to say that I think our nation has crossed into an ugly new era. White supremacy and bigotry have been present here since the formal founding of this nation, but to have a President of the United States endorse and defend them the way Trump has done has emboldened these bigots in a way that bigoted police commissioner Bull Connor did in Birmingham generations ago.

Trump is our Bull Connor. The question that I want to ask this morning is, if Trump is Bull Connor, and our nation is facing a crisis of bigotry, who are you? What will you do? What will you demand? How will you stand up? Because the time demands it.

(Photo Credit: Courtland Wells/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

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15 thoughts on “Shaun King: Exposing The White Supremacists In Charlottesville

  1. Boycotting some these major corporations would “F” these racist dogs up. Money is their God! Stop spending where/with people who hate you. Black people have economic power…when are we going to use it to benefit US!

  2. September on said:

    Blacks who were never slaves, fighting whites who were never Nazis,over a statue erected by democrates and it is all Trumps fault??? Who are you kidding??

  3. Reginald Hawkins on said:

    I pray this email finds you and your family doing well. The events occurring in Charlotteville, Virginia has been very troubling to me – my heart is heavy. I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming. I have to look at my calendar to remind myself it is in fact the year 2017 and 1917. To see groups of people advocating supremecy of one race over another should bother us all. It should strike a nerve in every American who stands and believes in The United States of America. Yes the racial divide and tensions are a lot better than they were at the turn of the 20th century but the acts occurring in Virginia are a reminder that we still have a LOT of work to do and a ways to go to remove racial tension in the U.S. The events in Charlottesville are also evidence that racism, bigotry and hatred are still alive in our Nation and in the hearts of many people, all backgrounds, that we interact with on a daily basis.

    My challenge to you is to pray for those who are exhibiting and supporting racism, hatred and violence – pray that God forgives them for what they are doing and that God touches their hearts. Pray for God to change their ways and open their eyes to unity and love. Yes each of us has a thousand other things going on in our personal lives that we are concerned about, and you have every right to be but I challenge you to also take time out to pray for peace and against the evil that is lurking in our Nation. You may say to yourself that praying for God to remove Racism is pretty impossible and not going to help. Well put it this way, I am talking about praying to the same God that changed the heart of Saul as he was traveling to Damascus. If you were to look at Saul’s resume before his life-changing trip to Damascus – he’s probably the last person we’d think of as being God’s disciple/apostle/advocate/follower and the author of several books in the New Testament. As the saying goes, if God did then then He can sure do it again.

    We may not be able to get out and protest in the streets with our other brothers/sisters but who says we can’t protest on our knees. One of the definitions of protest is “a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something.” The definition doesn’t say we have to have a bullhorn or walk in a group and shout chant. Let’s come together as a prayer council with people of all races and backgrounds who believe in love not hate.

    I also challenge you to pray for yourself – for God to open your eyes and heart to love on those who hate and to not succumb to the bait. Don’t greet hatred with hatred but instead with the love of God. We too play a part in the racism and hatred in this country – are you part of the problem or are you trying to resolve the problem. Are you adding fuel to the fire by exhibiting hate in return or are you trying to extinguish the fire by showing people with love. Let’s be intentional about our prayers and make sure we are truly praying intercessory prayers not only for our loved ones but for this already Great Nation.

    “To protest against injustice is the foundation of all our American democracy.” – Thurgood Marshall

    He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. (Proverbs 17:15 NKJV)

    Reginald R. Hawkins

    “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
    – Leo Buscaglia

  4. Kendra Charles on said:

    I’m white Not all white people are like this, just the ignorant ones and sadly there are a lot of them. It’s beyond disgusting. I know some of you will think I’m full of it because what could a white woman know, right? Well, I try to know as much as I can through my friends of color, this site and any other information I can digest. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

    • Once government took Gods word out of 1st place, meaning our public institutions. It is over for the USA. We, the people, are supposed to hold them accountable but we sat down and watched too much Entertainment and lost touch with what is important: GOD!!! Focus on God and all this Madness will not affect you because we should have known this was a long long time coming. Wake people, wake up!!!

  5. Tunisia Morse on said:

    Not into communism but meeting together for revolution, for a plan, organize but move discretely, silently. Prayerfully!

  6. Ms. White on said:

    No one answered your question, so I will. Black men & Black women must put our differences aside and unite to pool all our resources together and seize one state and make it our Own!!

    • Deemax on said:

      I agree with Ms White we have to has people of color come together and support one another. if we don’t come together as a race,which has done so much positive this country, no one else is going to do it.There r many groups out there that would love to see people of color gone from the americas. We can’t let that happen

  7. americanize on said:

    Nothing white people do or say shocks me,its who they are.We must not be talking about equality,but power.And black people stay away from these white radical terrorist rallies,its not our fight,but if they bring the fight to your communities be ready,to fight b/c they are killing us anyway.My ancesters built a nation for free.

    • That’s my thoughts also. All people of color, please stay away from these rallies and marches. The white people are on a war path with themselves and it’s about time. No issues when the KKK was out in full force wanting to kill blacks, but NOW since the Nazi’s have made their appearance and are scaring Jewish people, the country is in an uproar. See how the tide turns when the shoe is on the other foot? White people started racism, let them end it. People of color, sit back and watch the show.

      • Good point. I agree. Let them shoot and kill and beat each other’s brains out. That will be less whites we’ll have to deal with. Maybe we’ll start getting some of their good paying jobs. Right now, some companies only want to give us the low wage jobs, we get the crumbs.

  8. Aug 17, 2017
    Trump Didn’t Go off the Rails, He’s Barreling Toward Fascism-Interview Carl Dix
    Carl Dix just returned from Charlottesville and is available for interviews.
    Contact: 773-329-5014

    Carl Dix has just returned from Charlottesville, Virginia where he witnessed firsthand white supremacists displaying confederate flags and Nazi symbols, carrying shields, pipes, clubs and guns and assaulting people. They chanted racist slogans. These white supremacists told Carl and others more than once “we are starting up the ovens for you.” Two female members of the Revolution Club, Chicago who were in Charlottesville with Carl were sent to the hospital where they got stitches to close head wounds after being viciously attacked.

    At Trump’s press conference today he doubled down in his claim that both sides were to blame for Charlottesville. Carl Dix in his statement from Charlottesville on the day Heather Heyer was killed by a Nazi using his car as a weapon said, “This is not about hatred ‘on all sides’, but about white nationalists glorifying the legacy of the oppression of Black people in this country, and displaying their determination to continue and intensify this oppression.” [Carl Dix from Charlottesville]

    An AP article interviewed Dix in Charlottesville, “People need to wake up, recognize that and resist it as fearlessly as it needs to be done,’ said Carl Dix, a leader of the Refuse Fascism group organizing demonstrations in New York, San Francisco and other cities. ‘This can’t be allowed to fester and to grow because we’ve seen what happened in the past when that was allowed.'” [AP article on Charlottesville]

    Carl Dix has been in Chicago for Revolution Summer!, struggling with youth on the south side of Chicago to stop killing each other and to get into the revolution. These youth and others sent a banner to Charlottesville in solidarity with the counter-protests.
    Also available for interview is a Revolution Club member who was with Carl Dix in Charlottesville who was badly beaten by the white supremacist/Nazi thugs.
    Carl Dix will be speaking this Sunday at 2 pm in Chicago South Side YMCA, 6330 Stony Island, Chicago. This talk is even more timely in the wake of Charlottesville: “Trump’s Violent Reassertion of White Supremacy, the Threat of Genocide, and What Must Be Done, NOW!”

    Carl Dix is a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party and a follower of and advocate for Bob Avakian, his leadership and his visionary new synthesis of communism. He is a courageous freedom fighter from the 1960s who went on to become a revolutionary fighter and a communist. Dix spent two years in military prison for refusing to fight in the unjust Vietnam War. He emerged unrepentant and went on to become a founding member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP), USA, dedicating his life to the emancipation of all humanity. Carl is a co-initiator of Refuse Fascism. He co-founded, with Cornel West, the Stop Mass Incarceration Network (SMIN), and initiated Rise Up October that brought thousands into the streets in New York City in 2015 demanding a stop to police terror. In January, Carl was dragged out of the Senate’s confirmation hearing on Jeff Session’s nomination to be Attorney General chanting: “No Trump, No KKK, No fascist USA!”

  9. Thank You-special757–No one is even mentioning that young man who took such a vicious
    beating for no reason other than the color of his skin.

    Dr. King and Malcolm X have no doubt turned over several times in their graves.
    It is never good when HISTORY repeats itself!!!!!!!!!

  10. specialt757 on said:

    No arrest for the kid that got beat up by white racists, but quick justice for the people who pulled down a racist statue SHM, that’s Amerikkka!

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