In a detestable act of violence, a Republican County Office in North Carolina was firebombed over the weekend, which fortunately resulted in no casualties. Unsurprisingly, both presidential candidates took to Twitter when the news broke to express their dismay (although one was decidedly more, *ahem*, presidential than the other). In an less-expected turn of events, Democrats have now raised over $13,000 for the rebuilding of the office. While I appreciate the intentions behind this sentiment, I do not support it.
First, it’s worth mentioning that there is currently no indication as to who the culprits of this crime are. The police have yet to release any suspects or motives, and no one appears to be taking credit for the deed. A nearby building was vandalized with the phrase, “Nazi Republicans get out of our town or else,” a sentiment that could just as easily be attributed to left-wingers as it could be to anti-establishment Trump supporters that are upset that the GOP is turning its back on their candidate. And no matter who is responsible, they deserve to be denounced.
But the North Carolina GOP is responsible for some of the worst acts of prejudice in recent history: there’s HB2, their ridiculous (even by our country’s fucked up standards) anti-choice legislation, their highly-racialized mass incarceration… The list goes on. So while this act of violence against the NC GOP is despicable, it is not a reason to send money to arbiters of other, much larger, acts of violence. Instead, donate your money to… literally anyone else. If you’re coming up short on ideas, here are a few to get you started:
- Trans Lifeline: Calls to the Trans Lifeline doubled in the wake of HB2.
- Critical Resistance: Critical Resistance is one of the oldest organizations in the fight to end the prison industrial complex.
- Planned Parenthood: North Carolina is one of several states that have defunded Planned Parenthood, and they will make much better use of your money than the political party that is trying to elect an orange fascist.
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