The #blackman who used an improvised #flamethrower against #whitenationalists two months ago at the violent Unite the Right rally in #Charlottesville, #Virginia has been arrested. This is the second black man to be arrested in connection to that rally in as many days.
#CoreyLong, 23, was arrested on charges of assault and battery as well as disorderly conduct. This is not going to help calm the criticism from anti-#racism advocates who claim that the police didn’t do enough to stop the violence at the August rally.
According to authorities, the disorderly conduct charge is in relation to his homemade flamethrower and the assault charge happened during a second skirmish.
On August 12, hundreds of white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville for a #UnitetheRight rally. It was set up to protest the city’s plan to get rid of the Confederate General #RobertELee.
A 32-year-old woman named #HeatherHeyer was killed when a white supremacist drove his car into groups of protesters. President Trump then blamed at least some of the violence on the left. “What about the ‘alt-left’ that came charging at, as you say, the ‘alt-right?’” Trump said at a Trump Tower presser. “Do they have any semblance of guilt? … You had a group on one side that was bad. And you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. And nobody wants to say that, but I’ll say it right now.” Long, who has been released on bond has not commented since his arrest. Instead, he has referred any questions to his lawyer #MalikZuluShabazz.
Shabazz has been described as a “racist black nationalist” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Long shared a post that Shabazz wrote on Facebook. “Getting arrested is no dishonor if you are standing up against #hatred and #injustice,” it started. “Getting shot while on the battlefield is sometimes a necessary reality if you are a true soldier operating against #enemy fire in enemy territory.” In an earlier interview with Long, he said he acted in self defense, stating that a white supremacist had shot at the ground in his general direction. #foodforthought#rbg#problack#blackisbeautiful#blackexcellence#blackgirlsrock#blackmenrock#blackwomenrock
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The invention of the hashtag and what it can do is fascinating to me. A couple of years ago I woke up in the middle of the night and the first thought that came to my mind was “… wow. Hashtags are like the filing system of the internet! That’s brilliant!” which for some reason felt like the biggest realization to me (not a lot was happening in my life at that time, obviously.) .
The internet is great because something that has been sitting in the background can be blown up within a matter of hours and days. It can both dispel silence, disperse shame and call to attention but, I think we have all experienced how it can do the inverse as well. .
Wether you agree or disagree with movements or discussions that have taken stride because of the use of social media and hashtags like; #metoo, #notallwomen, #notallmen, #notokay, #blacklivesmatter, #alllivesmatter, #unitetheright Etc. You can’t deny that they don’t have power. With the right timing, topic, event, and wording these ideas can spread like wildfire. Things like a Facebook event created by one woman in Hawaii to protest a new president can turn into one of the biggest marches in history. .
Hashtags like #metoo might not bleed into the pillars of belief our society operates on, or make it easier for women to come forward and talk about their experiences. Who knows, we’ve seen crazier things happen. But what makes things like #metoo powerful is that it makes it personal… and at the very least it starts a conversation. .
What we choose to talk about and ignore both in our own circles and our society is just a reflection of what we value. What trends on the internet is just one example of this. As Rebecca Solnit talks about the in her book, The Mother of All Questions: “Who is heard and who is not defines the status quo… By redefining whose voice is valued, we redefine our society and it’s values.” . (This opinion no one asked for continued in comments)
***UPDATE*** DeAndre Harris, the man beaten by White Supremacists in Charlottesville, turned himself in on Thursday. This image was provided by the Charlottesville Police Department. Harris was charged with unlawful wounding.
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