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Op-Ed: What has happened to my country?Mark Abramson reacts to the recent events in Charlottesville and US President Donald Trump’s response. He believes and supports tolerance, but abhors intolerance, especially for those who use it as their rallying cry.
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What has happened to my country? I have always believed that the United States of America was the most tolerant country in the world. My great grandparents and one grandfather fled oppressive circumstances including conscription into an army, forced poverty, and pogroms to immigrate to a country that would allow their children to become the best that they could be. While some tried to hold them back, they fought for acceptance and their piece of the dream. Their descendants are the recipients of all that they worked so hard to achieve.
Now, over 70 years after we fought to obliterate the Nazis and all they stood for, as well as over 50 years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are marching for their belief that the United States should be only white and Christian. They want us to commemorate a war that they say was fought over "states' rights," which was in fact for the states' right to have slaves. Even though they lost that war, they want to glorify the struggle. (How many statues of Hitler or Himmler are standing in Germany?)
To make it worse, we have a president who panders to these white terrorists because they will vote for him. Instead of condemning them as terrorists and traitors to America, he blames both sides. Don't get me wrong, those who were there to counter protest may have incited, but the Alt-Right, which in my mind is a politically correct name for white supremacy, pushed with their anti-black, anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic rhetoric. And I ask my fellow Jews who support Trump, aren't you outraged by the lack of condemnation coming from him? Or like the Jews in Germany in the early 1930s, are you saying it won't last? I always thought of the United States as the country that overall set the moral high ground. I cannot say that today.