In the eyes of most Americans, the incidents of August 11th and 12th in Charlottesville, Virginia were an anomalous part of recent American history. They believe that White supremacists descended upon an historic Southern city, bringing hatred, havoc, and death. Most have likely given it little thought over the past four and a half years. However, those of us with more than a passing knowledge about Unite the Right know that the mainstream "common knowledge" about the event is far from the truth, and we know that its true significance amounts to far more than a distant blip on the news about an ill-fated summer weekend in Virginia.
The truth of the matter, supported by voluminous documentation and eyewitness testimony, is a tale of government treachery and anarcho-tyranny. The attendees of legally permitted rally were intentionally surrounded by a hostile, armed mob of their enemies and left to literally fight for their lives while local, state, and federal "law enforcement" authorities stood idle. After the event went awry, attendees were maligned with propaganda emanating from across the nation - including supposedly right-wing-friendly news outlets and public figures - who attributed intentions to them without regard for accuracy, and portrayed them as the perpetrators of the mayhem. Just as they were being subjected to a coast-to-coast chorus of vile accusations, an unprecedented wave of censorship drove rally organizers and attendees from virtually every public platform where they might refute those accusations.
The "insurrection" that took place at the Stop the Steal rally in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, has evoked comparisons to Unite the Right. Though the rally contesting the 2020 election results was different in many ways from the Charlottesville one protesting the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue, there are still important similarities; in fact, one might even say that the "J6" events were a repeat of the same template, writ large. In Charlottesville, law enforcement inaction (or possibly malfeasance) created the pretense of a dangerous uprising, which was followed by successful vilification and persecution of the Alt-Right in 2017. The same thing happened to supporters of President Trump in 2021, when elites seized upon the “insurrection” as an opportunity to declare mainstream right-wingers to be White supremacists and terrorists.
Similar to Charlottesville, the criminal courts have been used as a tool for punishing J6 political dissidents. In each case, attendees accused of crimes faced repercussions far beyond what would be typical based on their deeds alone. Numerous reports have emerged of J6 defendants being denied due process, mistreated, or even subjected to torture. Were we to hear of such treatment of political dissidents taking place in another part of the world, we would not hesitate to condemn it as a violation of human rights.
Abuse of civil litigation was also weaponized against Charlottesville participants. During October and November of 2021, a long-awaited trial against a group of Unite the Right organizers and notable attendees took place. The Sines v Kessler suit was brought by a group of nationally renowned lawyers and funded by Hollywood, Silicon Valley, and regular citizens who donated to help an elite team of Washington and Wall Street-connected lawyers #SueANazi. The lawsuit is the sort that some have termed a "SLAPP," that is, a strategic lawsuit against public participation. While supposedly brought on behalf of "victims" of the rally, the lead attorney bragged that the aim was to create a deterrent effect against "White supremacists" organizing, and she pledged to "chase them around for the rest of their lives." The plaintiffs included some people who, while seriously injured in the car crash, dubiously attributed their injuries to rally planners and headliners in addition to the driver of the car that struck them. Other plaintiffs, most clearly left-wing activists, were physically unharmed but claimed to suffer residual trauma from their proximity to the rally.
The case concluded with a $25 million judgement against the rally organizers, which was touted in the headlines and by the plaintiffs’ attorneys as a decisive victory against "hate." In reality, it was a mixed result. About half of the award amount was against the driver in the fatal car crash, James Fields, a mentally ill indigent who has already been sentenced to hundreds of years in prison and who is unlikely to produce a penny of the money. The rest of the amount, which was divided among various people and organizations, is far less than the $10 million per plaintiff that was sought, and is likely to be reduced further post-trial. Interestingly, the compensatory damages awarded to plaintiffs were either $0 or $1, suggesting that the jury found the plaintiffs disingenuous and not much more likable than the defendants.
Though the Sines v Kessler lawsuit, four years in the making, cost the plaintiffs about $25 million (the same as the final judgement), the plaintiffs’ backers have the deep pockets to absorb the cost. By contrast, six or seven-figure judgements are enough to be crippling for the mostly working class and indigent defendants, and the process of the trial itself was financially and personally burdensome. The tactic of pursuing civil litigation to bankrupt ideological opponents of the regime is now being used against groups who participated in J6 as well.
So where do things stand now? Some Unite the Right participants have persevered in fighting for their causes, despite being besieged by financial and legal challenges. Some of the biggest names associated with Unite the Right have stepped into relative obscurity, either working in a more subdued manner on their activism or retired altogether. At least one has declared bankruptcy and another is on the lam. One Unite the Right headliner, podcast host Christopher Cantwell, was convicted subsequently for online threats made against a rival. Though his record is spotted with a series of relatively minor crimes, he is now being housed in a communications-restricted unit within the Federal prison system informally known as “Little Guantanamo” alongside “low-level terrorist” Muslim extremists. That this is the fate of a man mostly guilty of word crimes should concern everyone who cares about human rights, not just political dissidents. This is especially true in light of the fact that our ruling regime has determined that “white supremacist terrorism” is now the nation’s preeminent threat.
Most of the legal issues emanating from Unite the Right have been resolved, though a lawsuit by the main rally organizer against the city of Charlottesville for violating his First Amendment rights is still winding its way through the court system. It could conceivably end up before the Supreme Court, assuming the vestiges of the United States last longer than the trial process.
Over the past four years, the elitist-approved version of Unite the Right became cemented in the minds of most the American public. One may hope that the progression of the communist revolution will eventually lead to greater retrospection and a more accurate understanding of the events of Charlottesville, VA, in August of 2017: The truth that it was a harbinger for the fate of historic America.
As I walked along the seashore, this young boy greeted me.
He was tossing stranded starfish back to the deep blue sea.
I said, “Tell me why you bother, why you waste your time this way.
There’s a million stranded starfish, does it matter anyway?”
And he said, “It matters to this one. It deserves a chance to grow.
It matters to this one, I can’t save them all I know.
But it matters to this one, I’ll return it to the sea.
It matters to this one, and it matters to me.”
In a lot of ways, things look bleak. Tyranny, degeneracy, and injustice are now the norm in our nation, and everything seems to be tracking in the wrong direction. There is faint hope of recapturing our deteriorating institutions. But what can any of us do about it? Some hold signs of protest in front of government buildings. Others complain about hypocrisy and unfairness on social media. Though there is no obvious resistance leader in sight, some people consume "hopium," waiting for the return of Donald Trump or some other savior to put the nation back to right. Others crave revolution, but that is dangerous, uncertain and does not seem to be imminent. So is there anything ordinary people can do about our dismal state of affairs, other than wait for doom or pray for rescue?
You can't turn around the Titanic and save the whole nation, that is true. But there are things you can do - realistic, simple, and practical things, that will make a difference within your sphere of influence. Here are a few ideas (and thank you to the Gab community for contributing to this list). Many of these suggestions are low effort and have secondary benefits of improving your health and well-being or saving you money.
1 - Spend your money wisely.
Here's a no-brainer: Stop supporting people who hate you and aggressively propagandize against everything you care about. Resolve to stop supporting Hollywood. Cut off your cable. It may take some adjustment, but there are an infinite number of better ways to spend your time than passively absorbing toxic forms of entertainment.
Support locally owned businesses that share your values. If you know of a worthwhile business or service, make a point to tell others about it in person and online. Small shops cannot compete with the advertising budget of big corporations and they rely on word of mouth to grow their business. Ask your neighbors for more ideas. Conversely, tell businesses that support degeneracy and tyranny why you won't be patronizing them any more.
Buy second-hand goods from thrift stores. This has multiple benefits. You are denying profits to chain stores that sell foreign goods and push a godless agenda. Reusing old items is an exercise of good stewardship that cuts out waste. It will also likely save you money. (In fact, you might even be able to make money. I have an acquaintance who supplements her income by cleaning up thrift-store goods and reselling them on Ebay.)
Stop using credit cards and big banks. Make a plan to eliminate debt and move your money to a credit union. As cash depreciates, think about buying goods that will retain value or spending now to build a store of supplies that may increase in cost, such as housewares, dry goods, clothing, medical and emergency supplies.
2 - Think local.
Washington DC is an atrocity beyond repair, but, depending on your locality, you may be able to make noticeable a difference in your own back yard.
Attend city and county council meetings. Pay attention to what is going on and speak your mind when appropriate. Get to know your local representatives and government leaders.
If your kids are in public school, get involved there. Go to school board meetings, and get to know your principals, teachers, and the school curriculum. Ally with other parents.
No kids in school? Maybe you can offer something for local school kids anyways. Think of starting or assisting with something like a School Time Bible ministry or voluntary after-school program - it could be for academics, sports, or some kind of special interest. Obviously possibilities will differ depending on where you live.
Get to know your sheriff and local law enforcement officers. As things get more precarious at a national level, their role will be more important than ever. If they are worthy of your support, get involved with their charitable or community outreach efforts.
Figure out which of your local charities are doing good work, particularly for groups (like Whites, for example) that may be last on the list or even excluded from government or corporate charities. Ask how you can help. They may require simple tasks or materials which can be fulfilled with minimal time and effort.
3 - Watch what you eat.
This goes beyond superficial concerns about appearance. Being as mentally and physically healthy as possible makes you better able to serve your family and community. Stop eating fast food and processed food. Buy locally produced foods. Grow a vegetable garden and involve your children. Make and use a composter. Consider joining a vegetable co-op or starting a community garden.
4 - Grow your community.
Many of us do not know our neighbors beyond the occasional perfunctory wave "hello" when checking mail. Change that! Organize a block party or beautification project for your street. Check on the elderly folks and let them know you are available if they need help with anything. Attend neighborhood watch meetings. It can be awkward to re-introduce yourself to people whose names you may have forgotten, but building bridges is a worthwhile effort.
Join groups where you can network with like-minded people and work to support one another. Having friendly, supportive relationships is both personally rewarding and a smart way to develop alliances for when times get hard.
Conversely, re-examine your current associations. Are you spending time, money, and energy on groups and people who do not support you in return, or who are not in line with your goals and beliefs? In some ways these familiar associations are comfortable, but they may not be what is best for you. Consider whether you should focus your time and resources elsewhere.
Pay special attention to young people. Remember, they have never known what those of Generation X and older knew as traditional America, and have been led to believe it was always hellscape of evil and oppression for everyone except White men. They have spent their entire lives essentially being gaslit from all sides - entertainment, education, government, and in many cases their parents. The "mindset list" is issued each year to give educators an idea of the perspective of the rising college freshmen they are teaching. The 2022 mindset list states, "When filling out forms, they are not surprised to find more than two gender categories to choose from."
It is hard to overstate the degree to which young people today are marinating in a barbaric and toxic Alice-in-Wonderland world. I recently learned that a young man at my church was beaten so badly as to require hospitalization by some classmates who were under the mistaken impression that he had used a racial slur. Another young woman watched a friend get pushed down a flight of stairs after she unwittingly "misgendered" a fellow student. In both cases, school administrators did nothing to oppose the perpetrators - and these incidents took place in a suburban area of a red state. I will say it again: Many, many young people are in desperate need of love, support, and sensible guidance. Think of how you might help them.
Luckily the young people I mentioned have good families, but so many do not. Those growing up in this environment may have an unspoken suspicion that things are not as they should be, but be unable to fully understand and articulate what is wrong. If their parents are absent or have succumbed to communist propaganda, there may be no one in their world providing an oppositional perspective. One need not reach out to them with an aggressive counter-propaganda campaign. Even a simple statement like, "You kids have it rough. It wasn't like this when I was in high school," will convey that you care, and give credence to their inner sense that it's the world that's out of whack, not them.
5 - Be a flamekeeper.
It will take effort to preserve traditions, knowledge and skills in this age of internet searches and disposable conveniences. What can you do?
Set a goal to learn a skill. Learn to play an instrument. Learn a new language. Master a traditional handcraft like woodworking or quilting. Think of skills that might be of use in case of a medical emergency or loss of infrastructure. Consider what your great-great-grandparents did for themselves: Build furniture, make clothing, preserve food for winter, purify water. Learn how to do some of those things.
Challenge your kids to develop skills that don't involve electronics. Teach them simple skills that would be needed if the internet went away, like how to read a paper map or use reference books.
Speaking of books, start collecting them. Make an effort to establish a personal hard-copy library of reference books, classic literature, accurate history books, and anything else that the ruling elites might want to edit or purge.
Collect traditional board games or hobby items. People once entertained themselves without TV and the internet, and they may one day need to do so again.
6 - Watch what you say.
This is one of the most simple suggestions, but also may require the most bravery. One leftist strength is their normalization of language that promotes their ideas in thought and discourse. Even conservative speakers are often quick to adopt words and phrases that implicitly accept leftist framing of issues, like "undocumented immigrants," "homosexual marriage," "transgender," and so forth. Make a conscious effort to stop doing that, and to instead use language that creates a different framing.
For example, there is a burgeoning awareness among the general public of the elites' opposition to the interests of White people. A simple but powerful thing you can do to help change the way people think is to change the way you speak. The phrase "anti-White" has moved from the pages of dissident right websites into the edges of the public sphere where it is occasionally uttered by the likes of Tucker Carlson and Ron DeSantis. Keep using it whenever possible.
In fact, using phrases like "White people," or "White community," even in an innocuous way, may help deracinated people to start thinking of themselves as part of a group, and awareness is the first step towards creating a meaningful movement against those who oppose us. "Anti-Christian" is another term we could be using more often to bring focus to the purpose of the progressive agenda. And try substituting "communist race ideology" for Critical Race Theory. That is, in fact, a more precise description of what it is. There are endless possibilities. Take notice of any PC conditioning you might have absorbed into your vocabulary, and make a conscious effort to change it.
I hope at least some of these suggestions are useful. If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments.
The Carolina Contrarian, Anne Wilson Smith, is the author of Charlottesville Untold: Inside Unite the Right and Robert E. Lee: A History Book for Kids. She is the creator of Reckonin' and has contributed to the Abbeville Institute website and Vdare. She is a soft-spoken Southern belle by day, opinionated writer by night. She loves Jesus, her family, and her hometown. She enjoys floral dresses and acoustic guitar music. You may contact Carolina Contrarian at CarolinaContrarian@protonmail.com.