August 17th, 2017

American, by virtue of its entangled roots, is an insanely convoluted language filled with words possessed of multiple meanings and pronunciations. People who aren’t fortunate to learn the lexicon and grammar from birth have a much harder time learning our language than we will ever have learning theirs. Seriously.

One of those words is Right. Right can refer to a side, as in the starboard side of a shit; a direction, turn right at the oak tree; the correct answer, that is the right answer; or a political ideology (a gift from the French Revolution), Republicans are the right-wing and Democrats are the left-wing of American politics.

For me this confusion between the last two meanings led me long ago to to substitute Religious Wrong for Religious Right. Beginning this morning I’m going to adopt the same rule for the Alt-Wrong because of the ludicrous idea asserted in the wake of recent Alt-Wrong/Nazi/White Supremacist/White Nationalist violence and murder in Charlottesville, Virginia that there is an equally criminal and evil Alt-Left.

The opposite of the Alt Wrong is not the Alt Left, it is the Alt Right.

Nina Turner, president of Our Revolution, writes:

We have a president who insists on siding with white supremacists. He will not denounce those with hate in their heart who murdered a young woman for supporting equality. For so many of us, we are now living in a nightmare. It is unconscionable to compare those who fight for equality with those who believe that the color of one’s skin determines superiority.

As I said recently, my heart is skipping beats to think about all that my fore-parents endured to get to this point in time in America’s history. And to have, in the 21st century, the president of the United States not boldly stand up and denounce racial violence is atrocious. Not only does he refuse to condemn the actions of people who would protest the funeral of someone they murdered, but he also dares to try and equivocate the actions of liberal protesters, the so called “alt-left,” with those of Nazis and white supremacists. It is a disgusting false equivalency.

There is no such thing as the “alt-left.” Those who believe Medicare should be available to all Americans are not the same as Nazis. Those who believe that we must fix a broken criminal justice system that is unfair to black, brown and poor are not the same as Nazis. Those who think we should remove statues that were erected as a reminder of white supremacy are not the same as Nazis.

What happens next is crucial for the future of our country. We must stand united for a better life for all, regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation, religion or class. It has never been more clear what the differences between the two sides are. There is the side of justice and the side of injustice. It is obvious what side Trump is on. There are more of us standing on the side of justice and together we will overcome the forces seeking to regress our nation. Our stories are our strength share yours with us. What motivates you to fight for social justice?

In solidarity,

Nina Turner, President
Our Revolution

That which has always motivated me to fight for social justice: the belief that the broader the power base of any society the more comprehensive justice is in that society.

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