Racist protests are not morally equivalent to counter-protests on behalf of racial equality and civil rights. They never have been and never will be. No matter what anybody — including the “leader of the free world” — claims.
Did the news of violent, deadly protests by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., make you sick in your soul? I hope so.
- Not only because one person was killed and others were injured grievously by a racist bigot who rammed his car down a narrow street.
- Not only because angry white people assembled at night, carrying torches in a gathering reminiscent of Ku Klux Klan rallies designed to frighten, threaten, intimidate and demean people of color, particularly African-Americans, as well as Jews.
- Not only because racist nationalists marched through Charlottesville’s streets, shouting, “Blood and soil” and “White lives matter.”
But also because …
Marv Knox, former editor of the Baptist Standard, is the field coordinator for Fellowship Southwest. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.