Gathering for peace?

Ironically, American Leftist groups that talk and rally in the name of “peace” include many of those most prone to social aggression; for example: “Black Lives Matter.” Moreover, they usually have other agenda for these rallies designed to disrupt and disunify peaceful American culture.

An example of this showed up recently in an article by Hunter Ingram in the Wilmington StarNews titled, “Local peace gathering welcome to all after election.” (Link below) A follow up story by StarNews staffer Adam Wagner can be seen in the second Link below.

Strikingly absent from these stories is any reason for the “peace” rally. It’s true, we are at war with Islamic terrorists, but the rally had nothing to do with that. Ingram’s story begins with a sleep-deprived UNC Wilmington female graduate student dissatisfied “with President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.” She was confused about “what to do next,” and fearful that the Trump administration would “overlook” the “rights” of minority groups—none of this having any basis in fact or evidence.

Lauren Krouse had an “amorphous dream” about an event in Wilmington she created “on a whim” as a “Gathering for Peace.” The StarNews promoted this shapeless event with at least two stories. “Local speakers, musicians and poets scheduled to appear.” Nothing worth noting from them was reported.

Of course, the usual emotional suspects showed up: Black Lives Matter, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Young Women’s Christian Association (another race-hustling group), Cape Fear Equality (homosexual activists), Grandmothers for Peace (whatever that is), college students, and a “community organizer.”

Although this started as a response to “anxiety about the election of Donald Trump,” it attracted “social justice” agitators whose missions rehash old demographic grievances, resentments and anger including: “re-segregation of schools;” a civilian review board of police action; “race matters,” and “rights” for homosexuals. This gathering for pacifist activities included “listening to others,” and “dedicating Facebook armchair activities to action.”

Prior to the event people gathered in the UNCW Student Center “to make signs featuring welcoming phrases, a Dalai Lama quote and a big peace symbol.” Well, there you have it. Peace to them is only symbolic. So is unity.

Krouse thinks the “election fractured the country”—not true. The election demonstrated that the country has been culturally broken for a long time. And the people at this rally she invited to “have a conversation” are some of those who have caused the irreparable split.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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