Some have criticized me for adding a healthy dose of history into my diversity training and unconscious bias workshops. The events in Charlottesville will cause to double down in my history.
Philosopher and essayist George Santayana said it best: "Those who fail to learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat them."
My fellow Americans, we are now repeating history. Our ugliest segments of American history. Thanks to the validation of Donald Trump, white supremacy is now back in fashion, as active now as is it was in 1925. Trump's refusal of calling out the right alt groups who violently marched in Charlottesville last weekend as domestic terrorists propagating hate only clarifies that they are a significant part of his base and he will never refute them. Three people died, including a 32-year-old Patriot who marched for her beliefs of equality, and two Virginia state troopers doing their job to keep the peace. White brothers and a sister who died too soon because of the hate generating by misguided YOUNG white men who have lost their way in life.
Misguided white supremacy agitators disrupted society in the 1700s, 1800s, and 1900s. They have never gone away.
However, the voices of equality, social justice AND diversity have always countered these angry hate mongers and neutralized their violence. I call them Diversity Crusaders, and I am in their midst.
I will not be silent. I will not become a bystander while civil disruption rises from the ashes. I will speak out with others who want white supremacy neutralized. I will attend the protest rally scheduled for Boston this Saturday when the alt right comes to the Boston Common.
And I will definitely keep teaching history as a significant part of my diversity and unconscious bias training sessions.
I hope you will join me. Say NO to hate and do not remain silent.
-Carole Copeland Thomas