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Mon Aug 14, 2017, 12:34 PM

"What I Saw in Charlottesville Could Be Just the Beginning"

Brennan Gilmore shot the video of the lethal attack in Charlottesville that first appeared in the media, of the car accelerating past him and into the crowd on the street. He posted it on his Twitter account, linked to the posting on YouTube, and giving blanket permission for it to be reproduced. YouTube has removed it "for violating YouTube's policy on violent or graphic content". He now links to an MSNBC report where the video is shown and he is interviewed:

http://www.msnbc.com/weekends-with-alex-witt/watch/eyewitness-describes-car-plowing-through-charlottesville-protest-1023714883913

This is the article he wrote at Politico with the title quoted in the subject line above:

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/14/what-i-saw-in-charlottesville-could-be-just-the-beginning-215487

... What we witnessed Saturday was the terrifying but logical outcome of our escalating, toxic politics of hate. I’ve seen it happen before. Serving in the Central African Republic in 2012, I saw political leaders use hatred and “othering” as instruments to gain political power. As a result, within months, Christians and Muslims, peaceful neighbors for decades, turned against each other. I saw the same thing happen when I served in Burundi, where Hutus and Tutsis made giant strides toward reconciliation after a horrifying history of mass atrocities, only to be manipulated, divided and turned against one another yet again.

America is not Africa. But watching this past election cycle in the U.S., my stomach churned as I saw some of these themes repeating themselves. Looking back now, I can see it was leading toward a cycle of conflict that, once started, is hard to break.

Many Americans like to think that this kind of thing can’t happen here—that American exceptionalism immunizes us from the virulent racism and tribalism that tear apart other countries far, far away. But we’re more susceptible than we’d like to think.

... Communities of color know this well. They have lived with the intrinsic, gut-wrenching understanding of racial violence since, well, our country’s founding. The Virginia I grew up loving and the America I spent my career defending abroad have always been capable of both tremendous good and terrible evil. ...

Brennan Gilmore, a native of Lexington, Virginia, formerly served as chief of staff to Tom Perriello, candidate for Virginia governor. Before that, he served for 15 years in the U.S. Foreign Service at postings in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan, Tunisia and Sierra Leone. Brennan lives in Charlottesville, where he works in rural workforce development to bring IT jobs to underserved communities in rural Virginia.

... Working to improve the lives of Trump's base ...

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