June 3, 2023

History Has Its Eyes on You: A Student’s Take on Racial Cleansing in the world…again

In what was deemed as domestic terrorism, the events in Charlottesville, VA and the aftermath were exactly that. One would hope and pray that there is some good left in this world. History does truly repeat itself because this country seems to be slipping back into the 1930s and ’40s of Germany. We have Neo-Nazis and white supremacists marching through the streets in 2017.

I could’ve sworn we moved passed all of this after a World War was fought and the Civil Rights movement had passed, but clearly, I was wrong. According to an article from The New York Times written by Liam Stack, this was a bomb just waiting to explode.

Within the months prior to Charlottesville, there has been a string of racially-motivated killings and attacks across the country that have raised more than a few eyebrows. These seemingly passed under the radar of most people.

In a bar in Kansas, an older white man hurled epithets at two Indian tech engineers. When the bar threw the man out, he came back armed and managed to kill one of the engineers while injuring the other and a patron at the bar who tried to apprehend him as he fled. The shooter was caught in a bar in Missouri after telling the bartender that he was “on the run.”

At a march in New York City, a white male, who travelled all the way from Baltimore, stabbed a 66-year-old black man with a sword. He told investigators that his intentions were to kill black men in the “Big Apple” so he could get more media coverage that way. He would have continued the stabbings, but he turned himself in after seeing his photo in media reports, and told police where he disposed of his weapon before he could.

On a train in Portland, Oregon, a man began to shout racial slurs at a woman who was wearing a hijab. When other passengers began to intervene, the man pulled out a knife and slashed two throats and killed another. After police arrested him, the man tried to defend himself in court by saying, “Death to the enemies of America. Leave this country if you hate freedom.”

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