temporal1 wrote:frankly, the stated evil ones have been social outcasts all-along, they are watched carefully for any miss-steps, they are not honored or encouraged or funded by government. the suggestion this is not true is a bald-faced PC lie.
for an opposite group, supposedly well-educated, to take up their hateful tactics, then demand to be given a pass for doing the same, "only justified" .. is, worse-than.
"when you know better, you do better," if not, you are worse-than.
Be careful with those grievance narratives and stereotypes.
The alt-right organizers of this rally probably all have college degrees, and they know how to work the media. According to the poster, the organizers are Richard B. Spencer, Mike Enoch, and Jason Kessler, in that order. The first two are well known leaders in the alt-right, Kessler was not very well known before Charlottesville.
Richard Spencer has master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago. He runs a think tank, is a podcaster, runs several web sites, and speaks at colleges. He's the guy who wants a homeland for a "dispossessed white race" and advocates "peaceful ethnic cleansing". He's also the guy in the video where he leads a crowd in the chant "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!", while they give the Nazi salute. He looks good in a suit. Donald Trump invited him to his presidential nomination, where he expressed racist views in an interview and was slugged by someone dressed as an Antifa protester.
Mike Enoch is a co-host of the Daily Shoah. Shoah means "holocaust", and the show's hosts call themselves "the death panel". He has spoken at quite a few universities. Some hackers found his true identity, and also found out that his wife was Jewish, which is a little bizarre for an anti-Semitic activist. That caused a big stir on the right, but eventually they forgave him. HIs wife and he are now separated.
Jason Kessler got his bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia in 2009. He's not as well known, he seems to have written a couple of books. His views seem to be in line with Spencer and Enoch. All three say things that should shock most decent people.
I think you are saying that people with college degrees should be held to a higher moral standard. Maybe, but a lot of kindergarten kids know that threatening and intimidating people is wrong. I don't think it takes a college degree to know that.
Does anyone know who led Antifa in Charlottesville? There were no posters listing their names.
At any rate, my sympathies are for the citizens of Charlottesville, who should not be threatened, and for the non-violent protesters. And when we criticize Antifa, let's be careful, it can sometimes sound like we are trying to let the white supremacists off the hook.