Social media is abuzz-as it should be-with discussions of racism and the white supremacist beliefs and rhetoric of the demonstrators in Charlottesville.
But it’s important to remember that these people are fascistic. And that, as Fascists, they carry and hold tremendous amounts of hate and fear for, at this point in history, almost all Americans.
So much has been said about the recent shootings at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, that I hesitate to add my thoughts to the groundswell of support, outrage, and grief over the crime. But I have been dismayed to see that in addition to outrage and grief there has also been criticism of the writers of Charlie Hebdo, and an apparent confusion among some observers between approval, or agreement, with content, and support for freedom of speech.
As writers, I believe that each of us–regardless of how we feel about the content of the magazine, Charlie Hebdo–is Charlie Hebdo (“Je suis Charlie“).