The Great Elephant March of 2017- From Charlottesville to DC



There’s a rather dramatic march that has begun that, in some ways, reminds me of Hannibal’s march across the Swiss Alps, slogging a handful of elephants along with him.  That march began in the Spring of 218 BC.
The march itself is remembered primarily because Hannibal managed to negotiate a handful of elephants over the Alps.  He would eventually enter the Italian peninsula, with a number of elephants that survived the perilous journey.  He won a few battles but ultimately lost the war.

Well, this march promises to not be so perilous, and will largely be conducted in territory that is already occupied by the ‘army’ marching through it.  The march kicked off Monday, August 28th, in Charlottesville, Virginia, home to a Mayor that may or may not have used his authority to artificially create the perfect climate for violence.  It is also the place where a woman was tragically killed by a possibly schizophrenic, but actual white supremacist who will hopefully get the kind of treatment he decided to dole out.
The march will go through a number of other towns equally as friendly to the causes this ‘army’ stands for.  The march will end September 6th, 2017, in Washington, DC.

The march is called “The March to  Confront  White  Supremacy: Charlottesville  to  D.C.”  First of all, that is a turible, I mean turible title for a march (yes, I’m channeling my inner Jesse Jackson), but hey, don’t let marketing get in the way of a good session of virtue signaling through friendly territory where you get to pretend you’re defeating some sort of mass movement that doesn’t exist (to be sure, white supremacy is on the rise, but it ain’t the Godzilla devouring the countryside these folks will have you believe it is).

Here is the reason they give for having the march, with constant interruptions supplied by me, because that’s how I roll:

For years, white supremacist violence, rhetoric, and policies have escalated and intensified….

So ok, I can’t completely say the rhetoric hasn’t intensified.  I don’t believe the violence has actually intensified and, statistically speaking, it seems violence overall is on the decline.  What has changed is how crime has been categorized, which might lead to some statistical increases in racial violence.  But, I think, largely, the whole ‘everyone is violent and we all gone die’ narrative is fear mongering at its best.

As for the policies, well, I can’t recall any recent legislation, laws, regulations that have targeted certain people because of the color of their skin.  Perhaps they can make a case for the crackdown on so-called illegal aliens and targeting certain Muslim-dominated countries with that Trump Travel Ban, but that doesn’t really seem to be so much about white supremacy as it does good old-fashioned xenophobia.  See?  It’s a different kind of tribal fear than what this ‘army’ of racial equality will have you believe it is.

Let’s resume their rant….

– exploding during Donald Trump’s run for president and reaching a boiling point in Charlottesville, as courageous people of moral conscience stood up to an army of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the KKK.

Courageous people?  Well, not sure how courageous you have to be to stand up to a couple hundred white supremacists when you’re standing with a group of thousands.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say you’re not really being all that courageous at all.

If anything, the white supremacists are, in the strictest sense of the word, the ‘courageous’ ones (better put that word in quotes because this needs to be SERIOUSLY qualified), which goes to show you that courage in and of itself is not necessarily an indicator of ‘character.’   To put it more bluntly, bad people with bad ideas can be ‘courageous.’  Despite their ‘courage,’ the white supremacists were and are truly despicable cretans that kind of put themselves in a position to have to need that courage in the first place.  The tiki torch tools done earned the hate they got thrown back at them.

And now comes the key part of their march, and where those elephants come into play.

This is the time for us to stand up for justice and equality. This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history.

Confronting white supremacy in the past?  What are you going to do?  Reanimate the dead so you can punish them?  Or are you gonna punish the people that are related to them but had nothing to do with the decisions those individuals made?  What does that even mean to confront the white supremacy ‘throughout our history?’  Will you be firing up DeLoreans and going back in time to punch those white supremacists in the face?  If so, that…WOULD BE AWESOME!

Now what about this justice and equality?  Who defines justice?  Who defines equality?  Are you marching for equal outcomes or equal opportunity?  Will you be empowering the coercive enterprise, the state, to define justice, to define equality, to pick winners and losers?  In other words, will you be advocating for a system of oppression to replace the system of oppression?  Ima put you down for yes.

The big ole elephants these ‘courageous’ marchers, who will have overwhelming support of Americans, of all colors, who will be marching in friendly territory, who will outnumber white supremacists by at least 10 to 1, maybe more, wherever they go, is the coercive enterprise.

These brave marchers will be dragging along those coercive enterprise elephants right with them, imagining a world where suddenly the coercive enterprise, the one that gave power to those who feared competition, who feared the other, will not simply continue to give power to those who fear competition, who fear the other.

The nature of their brave march can be seen in this last statement:

We demand that President Trump be removed from office for allying himself with this ideology of hate and we demand an agenda that repairs the damage it’s done to our country and its people.

You demand Trump be removed?  Are you openly advocating for all-out mob rule?  Are you actually assembling a mob to overthrow an elected President and imagining that you could, should actually do that?  Don’t get me wrong, any form of democracy is mob rule, but in this case, we’re talking direct mob rule which has to be worse than indirect mob rule, I’m guessing.

How do you think the millions of Trumpians will react if you actually succeed in your stated goal?  Are you telegraphing that you pretty much want a civil war?  I’m guessing no.  I’m guessing the injection of this Quixote-like stated goal is another elephant, this one designed not to strike fear in the enemy, but designed to get more suckers to sign up for your marketing program (which, I suspect, is what this really is).

Now, let’s get to their other goal, demanding an agenda.  Well, what Agenda? What kind of agenda are you pushing for?  I can’t say for sure, but as the groups involved in this march are decidedly from the statist left, it most likely involves morality and speech police, it involves redistribution of wealth, it involves special protected classes and special targeted classes, and it most likely involves disarming the people who are subject to the power of the coercive enterprise.

The people, in the end, who will benefit the most from this march are the organizers, the ones collecting the email addresses and donations from the thousands of suckers that will throw in with this march to D.C,. a march that seeks to give even greater power to the state than it already has (but this time, it will be different because we will get the right leaders and identify the right villains).

The organizers will gain more political and economic power, whether this march actually changes political structures or not.  And if it does succeed in changing political structures, it will do no more than shift the dirt around, like a bunch of weighty elephants being dragged across the Alps, to no strategic advantage save for the symbolism of it all.

In the end, they’re fighting for the same powers that they are telling you, the potential marcher, the potential donor, the potential email listing, that they’re fighting to end because, you see, the people behind the curtain, the people managing the show that you are now getting to enjoy on an almost daily basis have their money hooks in all sides.  No matter who wins, they win.

If you want to strike the root, strike the coercive enterprise.  If you want to negate real racism, if you want to end real white supremacy, take away the potential tools that make such ideas dangerous, the tools of the coercive enterprise, the state.

So drag your elephants through friendly territory and imagine you are somehow on par with MLK, who marched literally into the teeth of police dogs.  At the end of the day, like Hannibal before you, you may run off a string of victories as you win battle after battle, but you have already lost the war because you are not directly attacking the true power behind the monsters that you fear, real and imagined.

Below you will find some more information about this march.  Judge for yourself if you think this march will fundamentally change anything, save for a few lucky individuals who might find a way to benefit from a new world order.

we march to confront white supremacy

We are marching from Charlottesville to Washington DC to demonstrate our commitment to confronting white supremacy wherever it is found. It’s clear that we can no longer wait for Donald Trump or any elected official to face reality and lead. We are coming together to reckon with America’s long history of white supremacy, so that we can begin to heal the wounds of our nation.

we march for justice & equality

For years, white supremacist violence, rhetoric, and policies have escalated and intensified – exploding during Donald Trump’s run for president and reaching a boiling point in Charlottesville, as courageous people of moral conscience stood up to an army of white nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the KKK.

This is the time for us to stand up for justice and equality. This is the time to confront white supremacy in our government and throughout our history. We demand that President Trump be removed from office for allying himself with this ideology of hate and we demand an agenda that repairs the damage it’s done to our country and its people.



Monday, August 28: Emancipation Park, Charlottesville to Krogers — 3 miles
Tuesday, August 29: Commonwealth to Ruckersville — 13 miles
Wednesday, August 30: Ruckersville to Madison — 12 miles
Thursday, August 31: Madison to Culpepper — 18 miles
Friday, September 1: Culpepper to Remington — 12 miles
Saturday, September 2: Remington to Warrenton — 13 miles
Sunday, September 3: Warrenton to Gainesville — 12 miles
Monday, September 4: Gainesville to Centreville — 13 miles
Tuesday, September 5: Centreville to Merrifield — 11 miles
Wednesday, September 6: Merrifield to Washington DC — 11 miles

  • Basics: We’ll be marching roughly 112 miles from Charlottesville, VA to Washington, DC. The march will span over ten days, from Monday, August 28th to Wednesday, September 6th.
  • Safety: Safety and security are top priories. The march route will be thoroughly scouted ahead of time and the march itself will be led and guided by experienced safety and security personnel.
  • Housing: There will be basic housing provided for marchers, primarily in churches along the march route. If you have specific housing requirements, you may have to meet them at your own expense. We want to be as inclusive as possible, so please let us know about any reasonable accommodations we may be able to make when you register.
  • Food: There will be basic meals, water, and snacks provided for marchers. We plan to accommodate a range of dietary restrictions (vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free) but cannot assure that we will meet your personal standards or preferences. Consider bringing any special non-perishable items for yourself.
  • Luggage: Your bags and luggage will be transported for you from the start point to the end point for each day of the march. If you want to carry anything with you, considering bringing a day pack or small bag.
  • Clothing: We are expecting both hot weather and a few days of rain. Please bring weather-appropriate clothing, including a waterproof parka or jacket. We highly recommend wearing a good pair of walking shoes or hiking boots, as opposed to sandals or more casual footwear

The people of Charlottesville took over last night’s city council meeting, Monday August 21. We were led by the women and femmes of color who for years have been at the helm of local community defense and anti-racist organizing. Community members took the mic to share grief, trauma, outrage. We held each other with fierce love. We held the city council accountable for its contributions to white supremacy.

We demanded answers, apologies, and action — speaking out for over four hours.

Solidarity Cville presented the following demands, which were originally presented to the city of Charlottesville at the July 8 protest of the KKK. At the time, the first demand was to ***revoke the permit*** for the August 12 Unite the Right March on Charlottesville. We were right about the threat of racist violence. City Council, we warned youWe told you they wanted blood. Now there is blood on your hands.

And we are right about these demands, too. Trust activists. Listen to the people most targeted by state violence and domestic terrorism. Take action to meet these demands now.

  1. Drop all charges against Veronica Fitzhugh.​2. Drop all charges against the 22 people arrested protesting the KKKon July 8, and drop the charges against the 3 people dragged out of the August 21 city council as the community took over.​3. Initiate immediate development of affordable housing for extremely low income people, and fulfill the “Positive Vision of Resident Directed Redevelopment” from the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents.​4. Apologize publicly for police negligence to the families of Sage Smith, Faye Tinsley, and Quinn Woodfolk, and commit to an expansion of the investigations of Faye’s murder and Sage’s disappearance.​5. Cease the targeting of Black families by social services to send children into foster care.

    ​6. End militarized police units like JADE (Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement) and its successors.

    ​7. Stop discriminatory stop-and-frisk.

    ​8. End money bail, and release people being held without bond before their trial.

    ​9. Remove all confederate monuments.

    ​10. Mike Signer must resign, because there is blood on your hands.

(reposted from Solidarity Cville’s blog at The Daily Kos)

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