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OPINION — Editorial

March, march, march

Much better than hide, blister, metastasize

This article was published August 17, 2017 at 2:35 a.m.

The kluxers, white nationalists and would-be Nazis (if they could only get their party to rise from the ashes of the Forties) made news again this week. They're good for it about once a year. This time they were organized enough to get off the Internet for a few hours to actually put together a march, in Thomas Jefferson's home of Charlottesville, Va., no less. And they sufficiently incited someone to plow his car into a crowd of people, killing one and injuring many others. The papers say the young suspect has a history of mental troubles. The courts will decide his legal fate, but mental troubles certainly help explain why he was at a march for neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

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JakeTidmore says... August 17, 2017 at 4:25 a.m.

FYI:
Antifa - A "Nip It In The Bud" approach to Neo-Nazis
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(1) 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.
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Antifascists argue that after the horrors of chattel slavery and the Holocaust, physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective. We should not, they argue, abstractly assess the ethical status of violence in the absence of the values and context behind it. Instead, they put forth an ethically consistent, historically informed argument for fighting Nazis before its too late. As Cornel West explained after surviving neo-Nazi attacks in Charlottesville, If it hadnt been for the antifascists protecting us from the neo-fascists, we would have been crushed like cockroaches.
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(2) Years before the alt-right even had a name, antifascists were spending hours scouring seedy message boards and researching clandestine neo-Nazi gatherings. They were tracking those who planted the seeds of the death that we all witnessed in Charlottesville. Agree or disagree with their methods, the antifa, who devote themselves to combating racism, are in no way equivalent to alt-right trolls who joke about gas chambers. Behind the masks, antifa are nurses, teachers, neighbors, and relatives of all races and genders who do not hesitate to put themselves on the line to shut down fascism by any means necessary.
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It should not have taken the murder of Heather Heyer for so many of us, especially white people, to take seriously the threat of white power that has plagued communities of color for generations. The history of anti-fascist demands that we take seriously the violence of white supremacists. The days of just ignoring them are over.

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