I believe many are realizing that the violence in Charlottesville is just a symptom of a larger problem in America. Hate and discrimination have been on the rise for quite some time, and we cannot ignore the facts any longer.

I believe in a motto, that those with the ability have the responsibility to act. Although it is the responsibility of us all to stand up to hate and discrimination, the responsibility falls more on the shoulders of those with the ability to do something about it. Put frankly, it is whites who have a greater responsibility to stand up against minority discrimination. It is men who have a greater responsibility to fight for women’s rights. It is the rich and middle class who have a greater responsibility to create opportunities for the poor and help the destitute.

History shows that civil conflict, and worse, ensue when those with the power to act turn a blind eye. It takes only a sliver of the population to change the face of governance and the future of a nation. I hope the good people of our country realize that racism is very real, sexism is very real, people’s rights and physical safety are under attack, and we have a fundamental responsibility to protect those in our society facing this threat.

PAUL DEASY

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