where several people were stabbed strikes me as a very disturbing sign of the times. One of the spokescretins from the Traditionalist Workers Party, Matthew Heimbach, had previously made a stir by shoving a peaceful protester at a Trump rally, earning him a Washington Post profile calling him the "next David Duke".
This seems so superfluous to the Trump endorsement bona fides, which include the actual David Duke, as well as other "unwanted" white supremacist types. And yet it's kind of hard to divorce the upsurge in racially motivated violence from a campaign that has given so many jack-booted thugs hope.
It's also hard for me to separate "Trumpism" from the naked racism reported in the UK post-Brexit vote.
People act on what they see, and if they see it's "okay" (normalized in the media) to hate your neighbor, some simply will. They will act out. Leadership is understanding these forces, and not encouraging them. Violence like this is a sign of leadership abdicated, and loaded guns of rhetoric placed in the hands of emotional toddlers.
Anti-fascists were willing to take a blade today--think about this, anyone with any real power at all: what would you take to not have this kind of hateful idiocy be in your future? Because if it is permitted, it simply happens. If it is excused with words like "economic uncertainty" or "taking our sovereignty back"--it will engulf people who let it happen as well.
You are either anathema to racism, violence, and anti-intellectual thuggery, or you are taking part. There is no "sides". We have coexistence, or hate. "Mere tolerance" is just a thin grease of civility bound to erode or combust.
I am sick of how we ignore the real intolerance by trying to play "both sides" about it. It isn't a form of fascism to be "PC" and decry actual racists and Nazis. Calling racism what it is, or fascism what it is, and recognizing that both have a strong populist aspect, aren't It isn't reverse racism when white supremicists are called what they are. It's just a descriptor, and racists crying about it are dripping with crocodile tears for their own guilty understanding that what they are about is despised, and yet here they are.
Is there a remedy for being called a hater when one actually hates? Like, maybe not obviously hating?