- The Washington Times - Monday, August 14, 2017

Lorde, the Billboard chart-topper behind the hit album “Melodrama,” told her 5.5 million Twitter followers over the weekend that “all white people” are responsible for Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The gathering of white nationalists, which turned deadly when 32-year-old Heather Heyer was purposefully run over by a speeding car, is the result of a “system” designed by “privileged” white people, the New Zealand singer tweeted.

“Being a privileged white non-US citizen, I feel like tweeting to reinforce how horrific POC [people of color] treatment here is is unnecessary & inappropriate,” she said. “I just want to say I’m so, so sorry. All white people are responsible for this system’s thrive and fall. We have to do better. I’m sorry.”

Many Twitter followers had no desire to accept culpability for the killing, which resulted in the arrest of 20-year-old suspect James Alex Fields.

“So white people have to take responsibility for Neo-Nazis, but Muslims don’t have to take responsibility for Islamic Jihad?” asked one reader.

“You are the reason yesterday happened. You are the reason trump happened. Wake up,” added another.

President Trump told reporters at the White House Monday that “racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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