Later, I noticed that the people from those groups were making videos espousing white supremacy and racist rhetoric. Again, I spoke up. I spoke out about it, only to be told, “It’s just online, they’re doing it for the reaction. Ignore them!”
I then saw these same people creating flags, taking pictures of themselves doing “Nazi salutes” and waving Nazi flags in public. AGAIN, I spoke up. I tried to get people to see, but so many of them responded with, “They’re just doing it for attention, ignore them.”
I saw them gathering and meeting together, I saw them organizing together. I screamed at the top of my lungs what was happening. But so many people told me I was overreacting, that they were just harmless young men who won’t do anything.
On Saturday, one of those men murdered Heather, and injured 19 more.
Amidst the cries of “both sides are at fault”, I suddenly heard those who had dismissed me crying out, “HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?!” I heard them cry out, “WHY DIDN’T WE SEE THIS COMING?!” My words failed me. All I could do was stand there and cry.
We had tried to warn you, but you told us to ignore them.
We tried to warn you, but you dismissed our fears as overreaction.