A Nation Divided

Kenzie Crane, Social Media

It’s 2017, and the topic of ‘White supremacy’ has been a recurring theme in today’s media. May it be in the form of racial groups, or their counter-protesters, or islands without power; the tension in the nation is at an all time high. Charlottesville sparked a ton of conflict between the two sides, the alt-right and the antifa. Clashes were exchanged for weeks around country, many looked for President Trump to address the issue, as many rallied in his name, but found him absent for days after the event in Charlottesville.


A few days after Charlottesville, President Trump brought up the rising violence and conflict, saying it was from “many sides”. With a death on the hands of a white supremacist from the terrible event at a rally, the name of Heather Heyer wasn’t mentioned during his address. Many were shocked as they were seeking justice for her early passing, but the tension only rose. Protests, such as marches, and even requests to bring down statues of past military patrons, were planned around the nation. Some mayors, and government officials order for the deconstruction of statues, saying they were a reminder of the nation’s racist past. Some spoke out in the support of keeping them up, saying they were historic monuments many learned from. Racial groups began to make their presences known in these cities to try and stop many of these events from taking place.


Earlier in the week after many rumors of Donald Trump’s feelings about White supremacy, he signed an Anti-white supremacy resolution, denouncing his relations with white nationalists, white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and other hate groups. He also expressed his disapproval for bigotry in any form. Before he signed the resolution, President Trump talked about hatred and violence from both sides, staying in a grey area for where he stands. Make America Great Again hats were becoming a trend among known White nationalists and other hate groups, with The President’s denouncement of their association, will the nation begin to see a fall in these racial alliances?


With all the problems going on in the nation, the president’s approval rate is at a low of 39%, with a slight uptick this week from its former of 38%.  The President’s denouncement of hate groups, and presence during the mass amounts of storms happening around the coast, it seems a bit more people are showing their support to our president. As the events continue to happen, and the nation slowly peaks the approval of the president since his recent victory earlier in the year, may we all continue to come together and help regardless of political party or race.