A Rally Against White Nationalist Hate in the San Francisco Civic Center – August 2017

On Saturday, August 26, 2017 I went to the San Francisco Civic Center to join in a political rally against the hatred and bigotry of a planned white supremacist rally elsewhere in the city. The images of the white nationalist rally and the death of Heather Heyer two weeks ago really affected me. President Trump’s attempts to make a false equivalency between the white nationalists and the people protesting the white nationalist bigotry deeply troubled me.

I walked through the crowd, taking photos and occasionally taking part in conversations. I met a Congregationalist minister who is trying to create a program to change the racist mindset. I talked to a few people from Berkeley who felt the necessity to attend both this rally and a rally in Berkeley tomorrow. The mood of the crowd was festive, although there was an undercurrent of worry about the racism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism, homophobia and bigotry that is becoming more visible in out society.

A man mentioned to me that all of us have prejudices. The question is: are we working to overcome our prejudices or are we consciously reinforcing our prejudices and bigotry? He made a good point. I know I’ve struggled with overcoming my own prejudices.

The big question that I have is this: how do we bridge the divide between the working class white communities that support Donald Trump and the minority communities that feel threatened by Donald Trump? I think that the divide between the two communities has fueled an increase in racism and bigotry in this country and is dangerous for the long term stability of our democracy. If we can bridge the divide between the working class white communities and minority communities, we can have a better understanding of each other and be able to find common ground to resolve many of the problems in this nation.

About angelolopez

I’ve wanted to be an artist all my life. Since I was a child I’ve drawn on any scrap of paper I could get a hold of. When I went to San Jose State University, I became more exposed to the works of the great fine artists and illustrators. My college paintings were heavily influenced by the humorous illustrations of Peter De Seve, an illustrator for the New Yorker magazine. I also fell under the spell of the great muralists of the 1930s, especially Thomas Hart Benton and Diego Rivera. I graduated with a degree in Illustration. Angelo Lopez has had illustrations published in Tikkun Magazine, the Palo Alto Daily News and Z Magazine. From April 2008 to May 2011, Angelo's cartoons were regularly published in the Tri-City Voice, a weekly newspaper that covers the Fremont, Hayward, Milpitas, Neward, Sunol and Union City areas in California. He did a political webcomic starring his cartoon character Jasper for the progressive blogsite Everyday Citizen. Since December 2011, Angelo does a regular weekly political cartoon for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino American newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Angelo is a member of the Sunnyvale Art Club, and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. During the 1990s, he was a member of the part-timer workers SEIU unit in the city of Sunnyvale. Angelo won the 2013, 2015 and 2016 and 2018 Sigma Delta Chi award for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 RFK Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons. Angelo won first prize for the Best of the West contest in 2016 and third prize in 2017. Angelo is married to Lisa Reeber. They enjoy taking walks, watching movies and hanging out with their nieces.
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