By Nathan Barton
The scene is familiar in the second decade of the 21st Century, especially in university towns. A “protest” march (not quite a mob) of people bearing signs and torches and chanting slogans winds its way down a street. It is surrounded by a mixture of cops in riot (combat gear, minus the camouflage usually) and counter-protesters, chanting back and screaming slurs.
Almost always, this scene (especially seen on broadcast television and the mainstream media sites like CNN and YouTube) is accompanied by talking heads and sound bites from the president of the university, the town’s mayor, and various “experts” talking about how we should be glad that the protesters are courageous enough to stand up to the discrimination and bias they face from the university, the police, and the public. About how we must learn to accept diversity and work harder to make them a part of the community and accept them even though they are different. About how they deserve repatriations for past evils committed against them. How they are right to attack the powers-that-be, the cops, the merchants, and all the other elements of society that hate them and have mistreated them for decades and even centuries.
Hurriedly, meetings are held to negotiate with the self-proclaimed leaders of the group that the protest march was staged to support. Talking heads on national television demand concessions and reparations, and warn of more to come if demands are not met. Sometimes the talking heads mildly decry the extreme actions, anger against other groups (usually other minorities) expressed by some members of the protest march, but explain away criticism by saying the groups mistreatment over the years excuses those, even if they are not justified.
Unless, of course, it happens to be that this protest and counter-protest and foofarah are taking place near the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Virginia on 11 and 12 August 2017, as reported by the WaPo.
Then, the mayor and the university president condemn the protesters as cowardly, not brave. It is called “hateful behavior” and attacked as “hatred, bigotry, racist, and intolerance.” The mainstream media labels them as “white supremacists” and “white nationalists” and not a word is said about the counterprotesters, nor is anything made of the unconstitutional and unlawful order by police to end the protest and stifle the free speech of the participants.
Companies deny services to those that might be participating in the protests, or who want to provide services – even basics like food and shelter – for those who might be protesting. And they are praised for doing so. In fact, some companies have permanently (and probably unlawfully) severed their business relations with affiliates who might be involved in some way, even to the point of not joining in the “righteous condemnation” of condemning the group(s) and participants in writing. (AirBnB being one of those companies: they actually cancelled bookings for those they believed to be attending the rally based on private investigations, according to an NBC story.)
Most of these people we are talking about there in Charlottesville are nasty, distasteful, loud-mouthed, and ugly spirited. The ones coming there to protest are sometimes even worse. But they are not in power like this mayor (also a UV faculty member) or the head nanny (president) of the university (which seems more and more a residential childcare center for snowflakes). I don’t support any of this alt-right garbage or the neo-Nazi nonsense.
But I see no difference between what these groups are doing and what “Black Lives Matter” and the Antifa and the Obummeristas (shadow government?) do on a regular basis. Indeed, it seems that the counter-protesters on Friday night deserve the label of being repressive and intimidating and seeking to create fear, just as much or more than the actual torch-bearing people in the street.
We see this sort of behavior regularly courtesy of La Raza, labor unions, various student Antifa and “Progressive” and victims-rights groups, but as far as government and the media are concerned, these are all “protected groups.” If anything, these are more “Hispanic supremacists” and “Black supremacists” and “Black nationalists” and “Latino nationalists” than any but the most radical of the various alt-right groups.
I hate the beliefs of any of these groups. But the hypocrisy of the followers of Clinton and Obama and their ilk is even harder to stomach. As is the hypocrisy of many so-called Libertarians who support some groups’ and philosophies’ right to speak out more than others.
Liberty does not mean allowing only those we agree with (or at least do not completely DISagree with) to speak and act.
Mama’s Note: Any person or group that wants to control the narrative, the actions and choices of others, is an enemy of individual liberty. In the long run, those are the only two “sides.”