The Narrative Demanded It
Austin Frank

Living in a place where we have endured the black bloc rioters taking over peaceful rallies, I realize that you have fallen into the trap of thinking there are only two sides, the Neo-Nazis and the antifa. But the vast majority of people at the Charlottesville demonstrations (and most other demonstrations) were peaceful protestors who did not wield weapons and try to injure others. They were not acting barbarically, but they did condemn the neo-Nazi activity, as was their right and as they should. While I despise the antifa’s work to disrupt peaceful protests, there is an important difference between them and the neo-Nazis: they are against glorifying Nazi and fascist philosophy and actions, while the neo-Nazis have aligned themselves with a philosophy that explicitly argues that certain types of people are scum and deserve to be wiped from the face of the earth. That alignment has meaning. Those who lost uncles in WWII fighting Nazis, or who lost family members in concentration camps, know what kind of evil lurks in the neo-Nazi philosophy. This is not about Trump being a victim, though he makes himself and his followers out to be. And his failure to ever, ever publicly say the phrase “radical white terrorist” is the key to why his initial announcement evoked such an negative response.

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