The news in the United States this week has been dominated by the aftermath of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on the weekend. It was organised to protest the removal of the statue of Confederate Generate Robert E. Lee. The rally was attended by many right-wing groups and included people who are part of the alt-right and the white nationalist movement.
As is always the case with any major protest or rally that has either a pro-Trump or right-wing message to it, the left which includes groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter show up and attempt to disrupt the event. It is never a simple counter protest of them exercising their free speech but is aimed to shut down their opponents’ right to peacefully assemble through blocking public areas and even violence.
The violence is always blamed on the right wing by the mainstream media, even though it is leftists who cause this confrontation. The Charlottesville rally has been no different but media coverage has been particularly widespread due to the tragic death of women when a car ploughed into a group of protestors, add to this the fact there were some people attending the rally wearing Klu Klux Klan outfits and waiving the Nazi flag.
All the media commentary including some conservative news outlets has been to express their horror at this rally, which apparently was completely made up of neo-Nazis and white supremacists. The purpose of this has been to put the blame for the violence on Donald Trump for being an enabler of the alt-right during his presidential campaign. Establishment Republicans have also joined in on this with former presidential candidates John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Macro Rubio all expressing their condemnation.
Trump has responded in the correct manner, by telling the truth about who is really to blame for the violence. The internet and alt-media knows and has exposed who instigated the violence as they have clear video evidence of it.
But it is much more meaningful that the President of the United States also expressed this statement of fact. Trump has done this because he knows that there were many good people at this rally and he does not want the left to get away with the violence they perpetrated.
Trump made it clear he condemned neo-Nazis and white supremacists but because he also correctly highlighted the left’s role in Charlottesville. Making that observation is apparently enabling the far right. There were members of the left at the rally with the Communist hammer and sickle flag, an ideology that killed 100 million people last century, that deserves to be condemned as well. It is interesting Trump is asked to disavow neo-Nazis and white supremacists but left-wing politicians such as Chuck Schumer are never asked to disavow Antifa or other socialist or communist groups.
There is also not much exploration from the mainstream media about why the alt-right and white nationalism has emerged. It is because the regressive left empowered under Barack Obama’s Presidency has promoted identity politics, suppressed the free debate of ideas and promoted victimhood. They blamed all of society’s ills on cis white males and even if you didn’t consider yourself prejudice or privileged it was still there subconsciously.
So, it was only natural that in the face of such demonization that some white men would then assert pride in their own identity which they felt they could under the alt-right banner. The left is always eager to understand why minority groups might behave a certain way and look at ways to improve their welfare but do not care for this type of critical thinking when it comes to white men.
There is of course the usual disregard for free speech and the First Amendment by the left and the media. Free speech is for everyone, all the protestors in Charlottesville had a right to express their disapproval at the removal of the statue. Free speech includes hate speech, many people who are defending the alt-right and white nationalists are not doing so because they agree with everything they stand for but because they have a right to say it.
What has been completely overlooked in the aftermath of Charolettesville is that the left has been continuing on with their usual violent rampage. They tore down a Confederate statue in Durham, North Carolina, an act of illegal public vandalism. Meanwhile right-wing activists have protested the existence of a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Seattle, Washington but have not resorted to any illegal acts.
Trump has rightly kept the scrutiny on these violent leftist activists at a time when the mainstream media and political establishment are pretending it doesn’t exist. This is extremely refreshing for any political leader to do which is another factor in why the American people elected Donald Trump.