For Rubin, it is impossible for her to understand the reemergence of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups at the present time.

Marianne Rubin, a holocaust survivor, held a sign that proclaimed “I escaped the Nazis once. You will not defeat me now.” The image of the 89-year-old lady holding the sign quickly gained traction in social media. It reminded Americans that white supremacy is a real threat. It should not be dismissed as a minor threat.

Rubin was part of the counter protests which happened all over the United States. The protesters were united in combating hate, anti-Semitism and racism which were on show in Charlottesville, Virginia. Far right demonstrators in the city marched with tiki torches. They carried both Confederate and U.S. flags wearing faux battle gear. The rally was named “Unite the Right.”

The despicable events started with the actual intention by a group of white nationalists and a few Ku Klux Klan members to protest removal of many Confederate symbols like the General Robert E. Lee statue. However, those who gathered for the protest started to chant “blood and soil,” the known Nazi cry. Unlike the times before the Second World War, minorities now refuse to cower before them.

The city of New York witnessed counter protesters taking over the streets which make up Union Square. They rallied against the Charlottesville violence. Protesters also condemned the racist and anti-Semitic actions. Rubin took part in such protests.

Although white supremacist rage was focused on Charlottesville, it is a fact that organized hate is found all over the United States. As per a report published by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), 917 groups perpetuating hate are found all over America. The report is a current one, dated 2017 and the organization identifies itself as an advocacy group for civil rights.

The SPLC website states “hate groups have beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” The list of hate groups includes white supremacists, neo-Nazis and neo-Confederate groups along with a few others. Even though such groups have declined over the years, it was found that their numbers went up during the 2016 presidential elections.

For Rubin, it is impossible for her to understand the reemergence of white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups at the present time. The venerable old lady has hung up a sign outside the front door for every passersby and motorist to see. The sign was directed at President Donald Trump.

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