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Written by an RN who worked in the Charlottesville ER Saturday

A Charlottesville ER Nurse speaks after a day of decompression.

I've sat here at my keyboard staring at the blinking cursor for awhile. There's words inside me that need to come out about what happened in our community yesterday...

... It doesn't help either that our community isn't out from under the specter of the Nazis who visited us- there are vigils across the country for Charlottesville, but our own vigil was canceled because of a credible threat by white supremacists to invade it and take it over.

They were here because we were a huge target for them; ranked the 'happiest city in the United States”...

A Charlottesville ER Nurse speaks after a day of decompression.

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From Dan Rather:

Finally. Finally. President Trump has spoken out, but his silence over the past two days says more than his words today.

America was hit by a terrorist attack. We have seen Nazis marching in our streets in torchlight parades with the infamous salute and the swastika abundantly presented. We have seen the kind of hatred that has torn this country apart in the past praised and encouraged. Mr. Trump has faced withering criticism for his failure to denounce Nazis and Klansmen, even from many in his own party. Viewed in this light, his statement today had the feeling of political defensiveness not moral clarity.

Where was the passion to fight homegrown terrorism? Where was the determination to root out hatred and prejudice? Where was the heartfelt assurances that all Americans have the right to live in a peaceful and tolerant nation?

We have heard the glee with which the President has called immigrants rapists and murders. We have seen him smile broadly as he denounces the press as enemies of America. We have seen his eyes sparkle as he dismisses our inner cities as depraved wastelands. I didn't see any of that conviction in his words today.

Furthermore, I learned as a child that actions speak louder than words. It is a lesson I have seen repeated countless times as a journalist. Even if President Trump had said the right things from the beginning of this tragedy in Charlottesville, his administration is using the Justice Department, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to implement policies that many across the political spectrum have said are racially divisive.

Presidents are judged in times of crisis. The best ones are heralded for the boldness and integrity of their leadership - not saying the bare minimum (I repeat about Nazi terrorists) a few days after the fact.

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Trump's words today were insincere, no different from his words about the racist birther lies that he openly promoted.

Trump lied, again, because he was pressured to.

It is clear what Trump really thinks.

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Trump's words today were insincere, no different from his words about the racist birther lies that he openly promoted.

Trump lied, again, because he was pressured to.

It is clear what Trump really thinks.

If he publicly and repeatedly rejects the support of these Nazis and White supremacists it could be a start. If not I believe he is racist...now.

I've witnessed miracles in my life. I believe one was the healing of a patient I had cared for.

Another was on a TV talk show when George Wallace recanted his racist views and apologized to the American people, John Lewis and many others.

Prayer to heal the US of Racism | Christian Forums

A prayer for Charlottesville - The Presbyterian Outlook

A Prayer from the Streets of Charlottesville from Seminarian Lauren Grubaugh – All Saints Church, Pasadena

http://www.wvdiocese.org/pages/pdfs/ayearofprayertoendracism.pdf

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Yes, Elkpark, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been reporting on all kinds of Hate Groups for years. And even some conservative commenters have warned against the support Trump was/is receiving from a variety of Alt Right groups, but until the average person sees the American version of the Hitler Youth Brigade marching to the doors of the University of Virginia with their tiki-torch and AR-15s, I don't think it registers.

Last spring, a national Hate Group attempted to hold a rally in eastern Kentucky at a state park, under the guise of a family reunion, and stating they had the "right" to use state facilities for this purpose. The state said no, and they were forced to rally out in the open, and luckily, it didn't turn into Charlottesville. That was fortunate.

Most Americans have no idea what the Southern Poverty Law Center is, or does. I am hoping that average citizens will NOW pay attention to the great threat at hand. I have said before on this site that I fear Trump will refuse to leave office if voted out, or forced out. We now see that some of his supporters are willing to go into the streets, heavily armed, and commit acts of terrorism to get what they want. Would they rally in the same way to keep Trump in office? I believe they would.

Sickening. These events are nothing short of sickening.

The mayor of Lexington is now calling for the removal of two Confederate statues in the downtown area. They are located at a site called Cheapside. It is the place in Lexington, just down the road from the Mary Todd Lincoln House, where slaves were sold. And it is very close to Transylvania University, the alma mater of Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy.

Could the violence that raged in Charlottesville come to Lexington? I hope not. The White Power folks use the statue issue as an EXCUSE to unleash their special brand of hate. Do I really think they care about statues? No, I don't. I think they care about intimidating average Americans.

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There is a rally scheduled in Boston next weekend for a white supremacy group. The mayor has repeatedly said "we don't want you here". Our wishy-washy governor has been silent about this gathering, but has made a statement denouncing hate groups and violence. Part of me wants to go, wearing my Star of David pendant or a big yellow star that says "Juden" on my shirt. Another part of me is just plain frightened of what could happen. I am praying my state finds a legal way to keep these terrorists from gathering. I've already called the governor's office, asking him to stop this rally by any means he can.

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BCgradnurse, I don't support White Supremists. I also don't support violence by them or any other group. I do support the First Amendment right to hold peaceful rallies and peaceful protests.

I'm sickened by videos of frustrated drivers plowing through protesters who are blocking roads. There is no excuse for that. Also, the police are failing their job to keep the streets clear. Ultimately we end up trying to repair broken bodies and the damage can be horrific.

I have not commented in most of the political threads because I find them to be a toxic environment. The Left has done a great job of framing nearly all of Trump's agenda as racist and therefore those who voted for Trump or who still support him are racists. I don't like to play that way.

So no, you won't find many comments from me.

I am not sure who you include in "the Left", but I for one try not to frame DJT supporters as racist. Some are, for sure, but not all. However, I still do not understand how people can still support him, after all the untruths have been revealed, promised unfulfilled, and just his bullying nature in general. And then there is his erratic behavior and outbursts. But, of course, he is not Hillary...

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I heard the Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, on NPR stating just what you said, BC: "We don't want you here". Hopefully, the White Nationalists can be kept out of Boston.

Did anybody see the picture of the Black police officer in Charlottesville, with his back to the White Nationalists, looking very pensive? It is a powerful photograph. And in the background, you can see a poster being held by one of the wackos which among other things says: Jews, Children of Satan.

Read an article in the NyDailyNews today in which White Nationalists were interviewed, and admitted to being White Nationalists, but denied that they are racist! Wow. They have clearly been taking lessons from their leader: Trump. You apparently just DENY the obvious and the truth because, hey, you can!

You know, sometimes when you call a pig, a pig, it is because it is a pig. It is just that simple.

I also heard an interview on The World, in which a woman who marched with the White Nationalists blamed the violence on counter-protesters. Amazing. Because nothing says peace, love and understanding like a large group of angry, overweight White guys, wearing camouflage and carrying AR-15s, right?

I will go to sleep again tonight, wishing and hoping that Canada will see fit to invade the US.

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This is from the NYPost. Charlottesville was apparently the start of something much larger for the Alt-Right. They actually see what happened over the weekend as a success.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Emboldened and proclaiming victory after a bloody weekend in Virginia, white nationalists are planning more demonstrations to promote their agenda following the violence that left a woman dead and dozens injured.

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The University of Florida said white provocateur Richard Spencer, whose appearances sometimes stoke unrest, is seeking permission to speak there next month. And white nationalist Preston Wiginton said he is planning a 'White Lives Matter” rally at Texas A&M University in September.

Also, a neo-Confederate group has asked the state of Virginia for permission to rally at a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond on Sept. 16, and other events are likely.

'We're going to be more active than ever before,” Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist leader, said Monday.

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