My Fellow Americans

CNN has a clip of an interview with a neo-Nazi in a small town in Pennsylvania, the kind of person who’s always been around under the radar but feels newly empowered under Trump. Honestly, the guy is scary — especially in his abrupt shift from a normal conversational tone to crudely vulgar fury. It’s hard for me to believe that white people, white males particularly, actually feel threatened. But here is a guy saying he does, telling the black interviewer that “This is my country” and “You didn’t win the culture war”, and then exploding and demanding that the CNN camera crew get off his property.

The clip includes other people in his town, white people also, who take a very different position and explicitly reject what their fellow American has said.

But they look frightened, a little. And so should we all.

There’s a brief ad at the beginning of the clip — stick around until the meat of the interview comes on.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2018/08/10/ulysses-pennsylvania-sidner-erin-pkg-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/racial-division/

21 thoughts on “My Fellow Americans

  1. I seen on PBS Frontline talking about Neo Nazis and being where the young woman got killed being ran over by car. Not exatly sure where this took place. Anyway the reporters found few people connected to this people (if you calling them that). They found out few of them are soliders. Come to find out that in the US Army, you can not be connected to Nazi while in service. Not sure what it called, but maybe interesting to chack out.

  2. for Woofy: The young woman was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia. I don’t understand the appeal of neo Nazis.

  3. I agree with you, I don’t see it either. My Mom was born during World war 2 area & seen almost all the stories about the Nazi, I don’t get the hate. I have found myself in middle of people who different than me, and learned a world of knowledge.

  4. for Woofy: But that only happens when you’re a fairly confident person in your own beliefs and values. There’s no reason for anyone to feel so threatened by people who are different, unless you have no confidence in what you stand for.

  5. Personally speaking, sadly many ppl are either scared of changes or so stuck in comfortable surroundings. I agree with you. Both Mama & me have talked about this kind of stuff through what we went through living in surrounding that was new to both of us plus we both where being tossed away from family (stupid I know) All this happened in 80s-early 90s.

  6. Yes ma’am, we have. Mama is the typical women from years ago. Born during World War 2 area, grew up during the time when women was thought of only jobs to was get married & have babies. I came after her & dad second marriage. When I was about 8 years old, they devoiced. Mama & me come up to Indiana from my birth place of Kentucky. From that point on, it’s been mainly Mama & me against the world. Finding out families blind side you, how ppl are not really who they say they are. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s been adventurous. I review my life sometimes & see the more good than bad of many situations. It could be worse. Now Mama is few years shy of 80 & I am 50. It either sad or a blessing but I run into friends I grew up with & find out their parents (ppl who help me be the man I am) have past on. Many of my family have past on as well. I think that the sad part I see in Mama’s eyes you know πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€— πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡

  7. Yes ma’am it is big blessing, she my rock, someone who keeps me grounded. I used her as my personal person meter. What I mean is, when I met someone new, I bring them around her, then later, we talk, she say what she thinks of that person. I base that friendship from my own decision & mama intoition. 😊😊😊😊. I’m guessing your kids may had done same way, 😊😊😊😊

  8. There have been others who tried their best of splitting us apart over the years. But when both Mama & me get our head together, it’s double trouble. Mama stands about 5feet & I have seen her stand down men all alike. By the end of the day, those guys called her yes Ma’am on everything πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. As her caregiver can be challenging, many of these Jobs that I applied for wouldn’t let me take off that day or make it hard for me to get that day off so I can do what I need to do with Mama. It frustrating & I’m sure they listened on same tv news hearing about more adult kids are taken care of their parents. I guess they only see those who have good paying jobs & assume that those who can afford it, pay some nurse or someone else to take care of parents. If you struggling yourself & your parent is the only one that has a meger of any change coming on SSI (which is very low). Ppl assume to much.

  9. for Woofy: I think the politicians who talk about cutting the social safety net, things like SSI, have no idea how hard life is for many in our country. If they can give rich people a big tax cut, they can figure out how to provide a little more of a cushion for people who need it.

  10. I agree with you. Our situation here is, Mama SSI is the only money coming in. Shocker but I myself just started getting food stamp (believe me I’m waiting for bottom fall). I have done about hundred applications so far, about two or three online apps a day. If it wasn’t for the little amount of SSI mama getting & the fact she living in elderly community (I just lay my head here) we be homeless again. I don’t know if any of these places that I applied not hiring because of my age or something else. I been applying to type of work I had in my past, dishwasher & janitor. I read on AARP websites that many ppl in my age range 45-60 are having issues with being hired. We to young for SSI that 65 & older. They talk about hiking that age range. This my question, What they going do when common folk like me, run out of money, are they going start on rich folks? & if so, When? What trump going do if we have a up rising? I heard this maybe happening.

  11. for Woofy: I think your question is a real challenge to all of our elected officials, especially to Republicans who have been so eager to give big tax cuts to the rich and starve the Treasury of money for safety net benefits. Your question to them is what are they going to do when all of you run out of money? It’s a good one, and I’d love to hear the answer.

  12. Yes me too, it be very interesting what answer they give. I personally don’t do parties, I figured all of them steal from the needy & into their own interests. From local leave & national.

  13. If the politicians actually did the “right thing” as they say they do, I would think half the American people would be shocked & the other half of Americans would probably accuse them of some kind of wrong doing. I do think some go into politics with right intentions but like everything else, they either turn on their people or turn on their personal ethics. Sadly it seems to me ethics is thrown out the window everytime. Sometimes people meaning of important of “funds” take on different meaning. In other words, you may see getting funds for your kids is very important but I may see get funds should be used on elderly people more. These are good intentions but which one is more important needs. I have seen with my own eyes, the elderly people get looked over & since your a mom & granny (sort of speak) probably seen what changes is needed. I use these two as examples for politicians may & have used to get voter attention.

  14. for Woofy: I think the amount of time they have to spend raising money distorts their view of things. Maybe publicly funded elections would remind them that they work for the people, not for rich guys.

  15. I agree, maybe “we the ppl” need to stand up against them & remind them. I noticed all ppl ever say is “go vote” but their are others of reminding them who is boss. Voting is one part of the game & even then, it not just your vote that counts. Their is what they call “electoral votes”, that only count x amount of parties within a states. Personally & with this day in age, this possess needs elemenated. If I can vote for who I like on “America Got Talent” then why is so hard to vote who I want & party I want. All I hear here Indiana is, “the computer is down& we need a recount”. Wow sucky system I say.

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