It's hard not to feel helpless following the violent demonstration of white supremacist nationalism that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend. While you might be tempted to fall into a social media spiral, screaming into the void usually just serves to make you feel even worse and doesn't actually get anything done.
Thankfully, there are some practical actions you can take to combat this kind of racist terrorism, aggregated from a post making the rounds on social media:
1. Use the right language. They are racists, they are terrorists, they are militants, they are radicals.
2. Take to the streets, plant a yard sign, shout from your roof. As Deray McKesson says, "Protesting is a form of telling the truth in public." Tell the truth about America.
3. Contact your state Attorney General and ask that they investigate and prosecute white domestic terrorist groups like the ones that went to Charlottesville. These groups are in all fifty states, and engage in interstate commerce. Your state attorney general may be able to take action against conspiracies, weapons trafficking, hate speech, and violence. Your state can do what the federal government--with a hood-wearing president and attorney general--will not.