We should not be surprised with the recent, tragic and shameful events that took place in Charlottesville, VA and one of the icons of America’s higher institutions of learning, University of Virginia, home of Thomas Jefferson, father of our Constitution.
The decision by the “Unite the Right” to hold a “rally” in partnership with well-known racist organizations such as the KKK and Neo-Nazis should not come as a surprise, since all share the same core value of hate and racism toward Blacks, Jews, Muslims, Browns, immigrant’s and even women.
The “Unite the Right” is the flag ship of the “Alt-Right” an organization committed to the ideology that Whites, mostly men, are superior to all other races and that they are the guardians of America’s White purity and its future with the promise to make America Great Again.
Though not a historian nor social psychologist, I did however make an effort for this article to see what these White Supremacists contributed to making America Great, let alone making America Great Again. I discovered nothing.
Other than burning the cross, lynching and looking after the “virginity” of White women, I am not sure if they built one school, or a local clinic, or built a factory, or university, or invented anything of consequence to America and the world. They contributed nothing to what they use in their daily lives. If anyone knows of a major invention, medical or technological discovery contributed by these White Supremacists, KKK and Neo-Confederates, I am sure that I and all the readers will be happy to know.
Of course such groups do find allies in the White House with the most senior official Steve Bannon claiming that Breitbart is “the platform for the Alt-Right,” a site well known for its Anti-Semitic, Pro-Zionist views, though a number of senior editors present and former are Jews, and is well known for its it anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views.
The Alt-Right stands against “multiculturalism, non-white, women, Jews, gays, Muslims and other minorities;” you name it they stand against it. The ideology is at best “tribalism” and the Whites being that special tribe, the “Chosen People” with no offense to “Jews.” They truly and genuinely believe they are America and they are what made America somewhat great, with the hope they will make “America Great Again.”
Of course I have a hard time thinking how this group of people can make America Great Again, when for the most part they are lacking the education, the idealism of hard work, community service, family values, innovations, and commitments to make a better society where citizens can enjoy a decent life, decent future, better and universal health care, better affordable education, job training and idealism that made America what it is?
I am not sure if this Alt-Right nation has anything to do with those who made America truly great, the Founding Fathers, the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Roosevelt and John Kennedy. Or leaders like those who developed America’s industrial powers, the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Eli Whitney, Charles Goodyear, Steve Jobs, George Eastman or George Westinghouse.
America is great not because of the Alt-Nation but because of giants like John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Virgil Grissom, Sally Ride, Jeana Yeager and Dick Rutan, Howard Hughes, and John Trippe. And the likes of Frank J. Weed, Charles Horace Mayo, and Jonas Salk, or Wernher von Braun, or Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson and John Harvard and Leland Stanford, or Larry Page and Sergey Brin, certainly Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
America is great because of exceptional medical talents, the likes of Russell M. Nelson, or Gazi Yasargil, Thomas Starzl,Jean-Michel Dubernard, Robert F. Spetzler or Syed Modasser and Ioannis Pallikaris.
These great men and women, Whites and Blacks, Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, Native Americans and Immigrants are who made America Great, not the Alt-Right or the KKK or the Neo-Nazis, most of whom are on welfare and unemployed if not on opioids.
Unfortunately, most of those who are angry are people who feel they have been left behind by a successive administration and were helpless to do anything about it. They will always blame others for their failings and tough luck. No one should feel sorry for them. No one. They are the scumbags of America. They have nothing to contribute to this great nation except anger, hate, and racism, translating their failings to hate and racism.
I call on the Department of Justice as a follow up with the courageous initiatives taken by the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the new director of the FBI to classify the Alt-Nation, KKK, Neo-Nazis, JDL and ISIS as domestic terrorist organizations. And I call on all those aggrieved to sue the hell out of them and drive them to bankruptcy as a good start.
Sami Jamil Jadallah, is a Palestinian-America, a Veteran of the US Army (66-66) he holds a BA (72), MPA/School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Doctor of Jurisprudence (77) from Indiana University.
With over 35 years of international legal and business experience with wide range of responsibilities from legal associate as on the major Wall Street law firm, to general counsel for one the largest civil and electro-mechanical construction company in Saudi Arabia, to director of a defense and marketing company in Switzerland to owner representative of major hotel project in Tangier to managing director of a major airline agency in Morocco and founder, trustee and managing director of a major conservation foundation in Morocco.
Sami also has experience with technology holder of two US patents for the use of smart card technology for tracking operation and maintenance of machine and founder of a start up company and continue to consult for international organizations and clients.
Sami is engaged on Pro-Bono work for the New Arab Foundation and its initiative the Arab Peace Corps and the Veterans Housing & Education Foundation, both are not for profit, tax-exempt organization. He lives in Fairfax, VA.