Friday, August 25, 2017

#237 / Should We All Get Together For Full-On War?

Emily Rose Nauert, from The New York Times, August 18, 2017

"People are starting to understand that neo-Nazis don’t care if you’re quiet, you’re peaceful,” said Emily Rose Nauert, a 20-year-old antifa member who became a symbol of the movement in April when a white nationalist leader punched her in the face during a melee near the University of California, Berkeley.

“You need violence in order to protect nonviolence. That’s what’s very obviously necessary right now. It’s full-on war, basically.”

Dear Emily,

I do not like white nationalists. I am sorry you got punched in the face. That said, I would like to suggest that you read up on how Martin Luther King, Jr. confronted white nationalists. 

"Full-on war," basically, is not the right response, and violence is not the way to "protect nonviolence." 

I would like to point you to a recent column in The New York Times, "How to Make Fun of Nazis." I  could recommend some good books, too. 

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