Letter to the Editor, Spokesman Review
David Wordinger’s letter “Evenhanded condemnation” recites the alternative facts about the Charlottesville Rally provided on Breitbart.com and altRIGHT social media.
altFACTS are the bedrock of “Fake News”. Whenever they are encountered, we must refute them in detail and in print so that history can be written accurately and truthfully.
Permit to rally – Unite the Right did not have a permit for their Torchlight March the night before. People who witnessed it use words like horrified, terrorized, terrified, humiliated, devastated to describe their emotions watching the hundreds of self-avowed nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, and numerous other white supremacist groups from around the nation parade through their streets.
Chanting “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and Soil” they trooped past a small synagogue, spitting, jeering , imitating cutting someones’s throat.
The 1st Amendment does not protect speech that calls for the violent removal and/or elimination of Jews, Blacks, Latinos, Gays, Trans, Muslims, Mentally Ill, Disabled, Gypsies, Political Opponents, and of course Dreamers.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
On Saturday when they did have a permit to rally they came armed to the teeth. Charlottesville police say they were outgunned by the extremely well-organized right wing militias who took full advantage of Virginia’s Open Carry law. (see photos)
On the other side were the so-called counter protesters which (according to Wordinger) included
..”antifa, Black Lives Matter, Redneck Revolt (?) and other agitators who have stifled speech and disrupted Trump rallies, college presentations and other peaceful events.”
This sentence can be found almost word-for-word on Breitbart.com & Alex Jones ‘InfoWars’ TV show it’s loaded with altFACTS.
I’ll break it down.
antifa – antifascists written in lower case because they do not organize. They are not a gang or association or club or playgroup. American antifa from different from European antifa. (my blog post about antifa protesters at G20 Summit to come)
Black Lives Matter – grassroot organizations formed by political and community activists, and students, churches, schools in response to a spate of high-profile police shootings. In Ferguson, MO, protests against police sparked a rolling riot