An attempt to digest the Charlottesville riots and the rise of violent hate groups in the United States
This episode begins with a different song, as it covers different terrain. I recorded it on August 13, 2017 under the fresh impression of the white supremacist “protests” in Charlottesville, VA (USA). You’ll notice that I am struggling to find the right words. The open display of bigotry, hatred, violence, and outright stupidity were rather unnerving.
Even though I nearly deleted the recording to start over again, I decided to leave it as is. It’s a bit unpolished and perhaps not as coherent as I would like it to be. These are simply the raw thoughts which came up and editing them will most likely not make them much better.
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