These are some examples of the perpetuation of violence. This is Antifa’s goal. For the sake of argument let’s put racism, history, and hate aside for a moment and simply look at a group’s supposed freedoms of speech and assembly. Let’s take out WHY they are gathering and speaking and take that topic up later.
“In the past year, Antifa groups have become active across the United States, employing a variety of methods to disrupt demonstrations.”
“the Philadelphia Antifa Chapter used Facebook to encourage followers to disrupt a “Make America Great Again” event in Philadelphia, resulting in over 300 participants. Antifa’s presence resulted in law enforcement shutting down the event early for safety concerns.”
“On February 1, the University of California Berkeley canceled a controversial speaker’s appearance following a protest by approximately 100 Antifa members. In response, far-right extremists assembled at a free-speech rally, which Antifa members disrupted, resulting in 10 arrests and seven injuries.”
“in June 2016, 300 counter-protesters, including anarchist extremists, attacked 25 members of the white supremacist Traditionalist Worker Party with knives, bottles, bricks, and concrete from a construction site while rallying at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, injuring 10.”
This data is from an unclassified PDF by the New Jersey Office Of Homeland Security and Preparedness.
Regardless of the beliefs of whomever is gathering, they have the right (even if they are wrong) to gather. A college campus is not the place to defeat those ideologies you disagree with. Most of the groups that garner enough resentment from the entire country are a minuscule percentage of the population anyway. Let them have their 15 minutes of “fame” uninterrupted and then they go back to what they were doing.
If the opposing side(s) wants to counter-protest then by all means let them. On a different day, or a different area, or across the street.
Lets look at Charlottesville. The permitted protesters would not have acted out any violence if they had been allowed to exercise their rights unmolested. If people were against the message they can move along. The statue they protesters were defending has been there for a very very long time. That inanimate object, regardless of its intended or perceived meaning or symbolism, did not come alive that day and start offending everyone.
Busloads of counter-protesters DID act as a catalyst and perpetuate the violence. That is why they showed up. This is why the President commented they way that he did. Maybe he was looking at the situation like I am trying to in this article, without bias of any kind and just looking at the dynamics of it. Maybe he is racist. Maybe he isn’t. But the fact remains that the establishment allowed it to get out of control by not providing a buffer between the two parties. This too, I believe, was on purpose.
Everyone who is speaking out against Antifa and saying they added fuel to the fire are not automatically racist and they may be totally against what the protesters are all about. What does matter, in the context of this particular discussion, is that even if the protesters were spewing hatred and are wrong letting counter demonstrators stir the pot was not the way to eliminate the hate and did nothing but cause more problems and division.
Right or wrong, people must steadfastly maintain the Constitution across the board. Picking and choosing when and where our freedoms are allowed, no matter the common consensus, will further erode the delicate and rotting fabric of our nation.
Now remember, this was written without bias or without taking sides. This is not an indication of my beliefs either way. Again we can explore the world’s moral stances in another post. Be objective and strip away the blame and perceptions from both sides and simply look at the mechanics of that whole situation and you will see that, no matter what the stance, allowing those groups to interact was a huge mistake and it resulted in chaos. Period.