Shortly after the Charlottesville, Va. riots, an eerily familiar picture made the rounds on Twitter: black and white, a group of 13 men and women squished side-by-side laughing, posing, one is even holding an accordion. It is a picture of youth. Innocent camaraderie. A grunge Instagram aesthetic of your weekend out with friends. If it weren’t for the men’s uniforms you would never know they were Auschwitz staff members having fun between mass murder. Racism, sexism, anti-Semitism isn’t always obvious.
Protesting in local Women’s Marches is just as admirable as attending a Black Lives Matter sit-in or A Day Without Immigrants protest.
If acknowledging the institutional racism, xenophobia and bigotry that undermines our nation’s past and present makes me a snowflake, then so be it.