We told you so.
The war on American heritage by woke progressive activists was never going to stop with our Confederate monuments. This is why we held that torch march in Charlottesville to the Jefferson monument at the Unite the Right rally in 2017. Unlike all the gutless wonders in Conservatism, Inc., we wanted to stand up and defend our monuments from the attacks of these vandals.
“On the morning of July 22, 2020, the Sierra Club’s executive director, Michael Brune, posted a reflection on his organization’s 128-year history. “As defenders of Black life pull down Confederate monuments across the country,” he wrote, “we must also take this moment to reexamine our past and our substantial role in perpetuating white supremacy.”
Brune’s reexamination began with John Muir—the inveterate hiker and activist who founded the Sierra Club and was famous for his eloquent tributes to the Sierra Nevada, many of which were first published in The Atlantic. Though Muir is a renowned figure in the conservation movement, Brune wrote, he made derogatory statements about Black and Indigenous people that drew on racist stereotypes. He maintained friendships with other prominent conservationists well known for their racist beliefs. These and other long-ago words and actions, Brune argued, not only continue to alienate potential Sierra Club supporters but sustain a “dangerous idea” within the organization: “that exploring, enjoying, and protecting the outdoors can be separated from human affairs.” …”
We’re still dealing with the fallout from that rally to this day.
No one came to our aid or had the courage to tell the truth about Charlottesville at the time. We were all thrown under the bus for taking a stand against the mob. We were the first to be censored on the internet. We were the first to sued by Democratic law firms and hit with lawfare. We were hounded by “journalists” who got people fired from their jobs for showing to support the monuments. The FBI and Department of Justice went after people and even locked up people who simply defended themselves when they were attacked by Antifa. The Unite the Right rally was thrown into chaos because the police stood down that day and allowed Antifa to attack and disrupt our event and get it declared an unlawful assembly.
This was all head spinning and new at the time – the intensification of political correctness into militant wokeness, the online censorship, the “journalists” who used their platforms to dox people, the trampling on civil liberties, the people who go around toppling statues, Antifa showing up and engaging in violence to shut down events, the weaponization of the FBI and DOJ against the Right, the rollout of “progressive” justice at the local level in which the race and politics of citizens is all that matters, looking the other way at Black Lives Matter and Antifa mobs and allowing them to break the law. We had to stop what we were doing in 2017 simply because we did not have the resources or the power to address this problem. It was Donald Trump’s administration which allowed Charlottesville to become a leftwing sundown town.
We all saw what happened last summer as a result of this cowardice. The whole country was transformed into a nationwide Charlottesville. We were nowhere to be found during the Black Lives Matter and Antifa riots which went on for six months and which clarified what had really happened in Charlottesville. The Sierra Club’s denunciation of John Muir who had been previously honored as the “Father of the National Parks” was only one incident in the dizzying pace of Taliban-like attacks on American history.
In retrospect, I think a lot of people who were critical of us at the time might grudgingly agree that we were right. We weren’t just right about Antifa and the censorship and the attacks on our monuments and heritage which we consistently said all along was going to spiral out of control. We were also right about the larger issue which is the growing anti-white atmosphere of the political establishment. It is not even really edgy to shout things like ANTI-RACISM IS ANTI-WHITE in ALL CAPs anymore now is it?
What are guys like us supposed to do now? They’re making our case for us better than we ever could ourselves. We should probably just relax for a few years.