In the five years since the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville made international headlines, much has been written and said about it. Unfortunately, most of the analyses available are worthless. The majority of historically illiterate writers can see only through the skewed lens of the social justice paradigm, and are unable to perceive right-wing thought and activism as anything other than "hate" which threatens progress towards egalitarianism.
Thankfully, this week a new book about Unite the Right has been released: A Walk in the Park: My Charlottesville Story, by Padraig Martin. Martin, a frequent writer for Identity Dixie who personally attended the UTR, examines the notable event from his personal perspective while also giving insight to its significance in a larger social and historical context. Martin walks the reader through the events of the years immediately before and after Unite the Right, accompanied by insights drawn his extensive military and business experience and advanced specialized studies. He explains how societal changes during the Obama and Trump eras, as well as his personal experience at Unite the Right, shaped his transformation from a mainstream conservative to dissident political thinker.
Martin's detailed description of his experience on August 12, 2017 affirms that of others who were in attendance that day. His noteworthy testimony includes his witness of pre-rally conversations with law enforcement officers, and his arrest and subsequent chance encounter with James Fields, the young man who was arrested for driving his car into a crowd of rally protesters. His story also conveys to the reader the real costs associated with anti-establishment activism, since publicity about Martin's arrest (for carrying a weapon without a proper permit) led to serious consequences in his personal and professional life.
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.