am a white man in my mid-seventies. And although I have no life
experience comparable to black men of my age I do have memories of
the South when I was a boy. My father was in the Army and we often
traveled through the Jim Crow south to assignments or to see his
family in East Tennessee. So like most older Americans I saw the
changes of the past sixty-odd years; the violence against Civil
Rights marchers, the riots, and pain and suffering. And, like most
Americans, I assumed we as a nation were done with that. Boy was I
came the psychotic Orange Man who now lives in the White House and
his message of comfort to the vermin who live their lives of anger
and resentment with their obscene flags and their guns. They live
lives of blame because they don’t know where the emptiness in
their souls comes from, so they assume it comes from “those
people,” blacks, Jews, liberals, Muslims and all the other
is breathtaking how fast this country has moved backward in the
months since the Orange Man moved in and Barrack Obama moved out. We
went from post-racial politics to racist politics in flash.
is a lovely jewel of a small city, an island where liberal thinking
is encouraged. I have friends who attended the University of Virginia
there and they all cherish their memories. Some are black, some are
white. All are sick to their stomachs over recent events. Sure, it’s
in Virginia and some vermin live nearby and now and then they make
noise, but nothing like what we’ve seen there this summer.
actually encourages people to carry guns, openly and in public. So
there they were, fat and armed, shouting white supremacy slogans
through town, waving their Confederate battle flags and Nazi flags.
Nazi flags! Tens of thousands of Americans died fighting them in
World War Two. They were white, black, Asian, Native Americans,
a disgrace for the President to suggest that some of the people
carrying Nazi flags were “good people.” Can we see their
names? How about the KKK people or the other nutcases, can we have
the names of the “good ones” the President claims were
an old man I am immensely proud of the young people who confronted
the vermin in Charlottesville and other cities. They are fighting for
their own country’s future. They are stepping into shoes of
those who took to the streets decades ago. God bless them all! We
should all wish them well.
Guest Commentator, Larry Matthews, is a veteran broadcast journalist.
He is the recipient of The George Foster Peabody Award for Excellence
in Broadcast for his reporting on Vietnam veterans. He is also the
recipient of a Columbia/DuPont Citation, Society of Professional
Journalists, Associated Press, and other awards for investigative
reporting. He is the author of eight books including, I Used To Be In Radio: a Memoir. Contact Mr. Matthews.