With all that is going on in America right now, especially with this past weekends events in Charlottesville it’s important to be aware of what’s going on around you. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are 917 active hate groups in the USA which are higlighted in the graphic above. These hate groups consist of neo-Nazis, anti-government militias, radical Christians, and anti-LGBT groups. These numbers are disturbing to say the least.
This weekend some of these groups had planned a “March on Google” in protest of the firing of James Damore ,a former Google emoloyee who wrote a controversial memo on diversity. According to CNN,there were 9 rallies scheduled in the following cities this weekend: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Los Angeles, Mountain View, CA, New York,Pittsburgh, Seattle And Washington D.C. These rallies were cancelled this afternoon according to CNN:
Now, the organizers behind the “March on Google” have decided to cancel.
The effort was announced last Wednesday by Jack Posobiec, a vocal Trump supporter and right-wing activist who is known for pushing the false “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory. After the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent, March on Google released a post condemning and disavowing the violence and hatred, as well as all groups that espouse it.
On Wednesday, a post on March on Google’s website said it is postponing the march due to “credible Alt Left terrorist threats.”
President Trump also used the term “alt-left” just one day earlier during a news conference. It equated white supremacist marchers, part of what is sometimes called the “alt-right,” in Charlottesville to counterprotesters. The term has also been pushed by Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity. Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, called it a “made-up term” used to “suggest there is a similar movement on the left.”
March on Google claimed it received a threat to drive a car into the march. The specifics mirror what happened in Charlottesville on Saturday, when a car plowed through a crowd of counterprotester, killing Heather Heyer. Notably, months prior, an article circulated among conservative media encouraging readers to drive through demonstrations.
After this past weekends events, it is a relief to know that these events will not be taking place. We are living in interesting times. The events of the past week, including the lack of leadership from Donald Trump, have tensions running high across the country. Leaving many of us asking, “What’s next?”