Charlottesville! They came, they protested, they rioted.
There was a protests led by the neo-Nazis and the Left brought out their big guns (pun) to meet the clubs and shields of the Far Right. And as one might expect violence ensued.
It was the alt-Right (I will try to stop using this term for it legitimizes hate) and the Antifa head to head…after the smoke cleared our president had to throw his two cents worth in the discussion…..
President Trump doubled down on Saturday’s widely criticized “many sides” statement during a press conference Tuesday at Trump Tower, claiming “there is blame on both sides” in regards to the fatal white supremacist and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, the New York Times reports. Trump had tried to walk back his original statement on Monday, but on Tuesday he called it “excellent” and a “fine statement,” according to USA Today. He said he didn’t condemn white supremacists on Saturday “because I didn’t know all the facts.” “I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct,” the president said.
On Tuesday, Trump went ever further in his “many sides” argument, condemning the “alt-left” groups that were “very, very violent.” He went on to say both sides—including the side that counts neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and the KKK as members—contain some “very fine people,” ABC News reports. “Not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me,” Trump said. “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch.” He said many of the people in Charlottesville just didn’t want to see a statue get torn down, pointing out that both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson owned slaves. “This week, it is Robert E. Lee and this week, Stonewall Jackson,” Trump said. “Is it George Washington next?”
Not bad for a press conference about infrastructure…but Trump’s observation of “many sides” well DUH! There has to be an antagonist for there to be a riot. It is not like masturbation.
It all began around the city’s decision to remove some Confederate statuary….the neo-Nazis/KKK/ white nationalist and others sent out fliers about the protest of the removal and the Antifa decided that they would join in the fun.
About here I have used Antifa a couple of times and most have no idea what I am writing about, right?
Antifa are autonomous anti-racist groups that monitor and track the activities of local neo-Nazis. They expose them to their neighbors and employers, they conduct public education campaigns, they support migrants and refugees and they pressure venues to cancel white power events.
The vast majority of anti-fascist organizing is nonviolent. But their willingness to physically defend themselves and others from white supremacist violence and preemptively shut down fascist organizing efforts before they turn deadly distinguishes them from liberal anti-racists.
The movement traces its roots to the militant leftists who in the 1920s and 1930s brawled with fascists on the streets of Germany, Italy, and Spain. It revived in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, when anti-racist punks in Britain and Germany mobilized to defeat neo-Nazi skinheads who were infiltrating the music scene. Via punk, groups calling themselves anti-racist action—and later, anti-fascist action or antifa—sprung up in the United States.
Of course if you are on the Right then you see these people as disgusting thugs that are looking for trouble…but not the same for the disgusting thugs on the Far Right that are looking for trouble. Trump has pointed his crooked finger at the Antifa but his assertions are not quite accurate…..
The publication, The Atlantic, explains way better than I……
These days of rising racism then naturally there would be a rise with the Antifa. The Atlantic again explains the rise in their September issue.
Sad to say that our society has come to this….a repeat of the history of the 1920 and 30’s…..Left versus Right in the streets of a town near you.