Someone call Brad Pitt, the fucking Nazi’s are back again.
Once the most horrific political movement in the twentieth century, turned bands of fringe bigots, has resurfaced, bolstered by the alt-right and the Klan (really all one in the same) as a mainstream force of terror in the very country that fought against it decades earlier.
Now, the words “terror” and “terrorism” are thrown around a lot when referring to acts of violence committed by Muslims. It’s never used to label white mass shooters– which is unfortunate, because that’s what they are: domestic terrorists White extremists inspire terror. Nazi’s inspire terror. Those who would use violence to advance an agenda inspire terror.
What happened on Friday, when James Alex Fields drove his car into a crowd of protesters– that was terrorism. Plain and simple.
And what’s worse, these white supremacists used to don hoods to protect their identities. In the photo’s of the white supremacist rally, in the red orange glow of their endless goddamn tiki torches, emboldened bigots marched without their hoods for the world to see.
Emboldened by what?
A narcissist in office with his finger on the button, surrounded by those who have histories with white supremacy and antisemitism, with a media arm in Fox news that does its best to convince white people that their way of life is being actively dismantled by liberals and people of color.
What kind of assholes wouldn’t feel emboldened? Shit, these Nazi’s probably think they’re the last line of defense for all that is white, christian, and good in America. Scratch that. They definitely think that.
Time for a tangent: Y’know I find it funny (not in the laughing sense. More in the wow, how did things end up this Fubar) that these nationalists could very well be the sons, daughters, grandsons, and granddaughters of those who decided to uproot themselves and fight the spreading of fascism in Europe and Japan. Of course I’m sure the cognitive dissonance is probably lost on Nazi’s.
And the bad news. It’s only going to get worse. After Charlottesville, and the toothless response from Trump (who still hasn’t left NJ), Nazi’s who truly believe in their cause will only become more audacious. So buckle up and prepare for some more trailer-trash terrorists.
But, if you just read all of this, then you already knew what I was going to say. So here come my concerns.
Most of the responses to this event that I’ve come across on social media have been great– from the funny, like the photo shop of the tiki torches into dildos, to the socially aware.
There are some who have called out our first amendment right of freedom of speech as one of the roots of the Virginia violence and the Nazi movement in general. Hell, a few websites have even put out pieces saying that maybe taking away these fascist’s freedom of speech wouldn’t be such a bad thing.
Yeah, maybe not. It certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing to see and hear less supremacy bullshit.
The idea that you can take away a group’s freedom of speech, no matter the hate, no matter the lunacy, no matter the disgusting nature, is inherently fascist. The right to free speech and consequences for that speech are two wholly different matters.
Free speech is the reason I can say: Fuck Nazi’s and their entire political philosophy, fuck their white-trash inbred “master race” members, and fuck the weak-willed racist President Donald Trump.
If I worked for Donald Trump and I uttered that latter sentiment within earshot, it’s safe to say that I’d be fired: a consequence. But it’d be legal and I wouldn’t face jail time because it’s my right to call my hypothetical boss out on his bullshit.
Free speech will also drive voters to the polls. When politically-idle people turn on the television and see real-life Nazi’s, they’re going to be scared, and pissed, and motivated to change whatever the fuck is going on at the highest echelons of our government.
So no. Free speech is not to blame for this. We needn’t take it from anyone. Shouldn’t take it from anyone. Instead maybe we should just suspend the sale of tiki torches for the moment and use our speech to denounce white terrorism and its orange enabler.