After the horrific events of last weekend's rally gone wrong in Charlottesville, VA, the only light in the darkness is the outpouring of support and unity from those who want the disenfranchised to know that they are safe and welcome in this country. But sadly, and unsurprisingly, there is a group of people coming forward who want to make it clear that everyone is not welcome here. Enter the uniformed men who are actually glad Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed in an act of domestic terrorism, is dead.
These are the faces of the men whose job it is defend our country.
They are also the faces of men who believe Heather Heyer deserved to die for peacefully protesting for the rights of minorities.
Let’s take a closer look.
This is Chris Parker, a police officer who believes the peaceful protesters were "lunatics" and that Heyer's death was "inevitable."
There’s a lot to unpack here. First, there is the deeply wrong assumption that a young woman’s untimely murder was inevitable. Second, and most importantly, these are the political views of a person whose job it is to protect and serve the multicultural, multiethnic people of this country.
Can you imagine calling the police for help as a minority and having this guy answer your call?
This specimen is a man by the name of Keith Earnshaw.
Keith serves in the United States military. Via Twitter, he says that he has sworn to defend our country and that he would do the same thing as the man who killed Heather Heyer if given the opportunity.
He believes that “someone driving their car through these degenerate morons is not by any means a terrorist attack.” Keith, tell us, in your opinion, what is a terrorist attack, then? Does it have to be perpetrated by someone who isn’t white for it to count?
This is Michael Tracy. His public Facebook profile tells us that he used to work at the San Diego, California Police Department.
In perhaps the most appalling display of hatred, Tracy posted a meme that reads, “ALL LIVES SPLATTER.” Let that sink in for a second. This is a person who finds humor in the death of a 32-year-old woman who was mowed down by a terrorist.
This is Scott Thomson, a police officer who believes that those in Black Lives Matter T-shirts deserved to die.
Thomson calls Black Lives Matter, a group of activists attempting to stamp out violence and systematic racism, a terrorist group, then follows it with some choice words about why they deserved to get hurt.