One person has died at Charlottesville, where white nationalists have gathered in a “Unite the Right” demonstration, protesting the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.

It is hard to believe that there is so much hatred and bigotry concentrated in one place in 2017. We knew it existed but until now, it dared not show its ugly face so boldly.

Despite Trump’s efforts to denounce the violence, he is the hero of the white nationalists, aka “alt-right,” aka neo-Nazis.

David Duke is there, the dean of the loathsome KKK, openly praising Trump as the man who freed the haters to openly express their hate.

Thanks to those who bravely challenged the Deplorables.

We must be constantly on guard to prevent the peddlars of bigotry and hatred from polluting our society, our civil discourse, our future. It is indeed alarming to realize that Trump has encouraged them again and again–challenging President Obama’s birthplace, refusing to disown David Duke’s endorsement, appointing people to the Cabinet who disdain the enforcement of civil rights.

H.G. Wells long ago wrote that “civilization is more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” On a day like today, it seems that catastrophe is leading the race.