If anyone wants to know where we’re heading now after Charlottesville, it’s easy to see. More rallies are planned, more anti-rallies will confront them. The ideologies are diametrically opposed, but the hotheads on both sides are united in their hope for a good fight and will look for any excuse to lash out. They are the Jets and the Sharks, pounding their chests, as they circle each other singing:
We’re gonna hand ’em a surprise…Tonight.
We’re gonna cut ’em down to size…Tonight.
We said, “O.K., no rumpus,
But just in case they jump us,
We’re ready to mix….Tonight.
Planning to go to a future rally near you? Be aware that many young men love the idea of fighting and violence.
We’re gonna rock it tonight,
We’re gonna jazz it up and have us a ball!
They’re gonna get it tonight;
The more they turn it on the harder they’ll fall!
You’re not going to have a reasonable discussion with anyone. It’ll be more along the lines of
JETS: Well, they began it!
SHARKS: Well, they began it!
ALL: And we’re the ones to stop ’em once and for all, … Tonight!
The answer is not to do nothing, it’s to hold your own rally in a different part of town or, if you find yourself in the presence of speakers or marchers you disagree with, silently turn your back in protest.
Just a reminder: both the leaders of the Jets and the Sharks ended up dead.