Friday, August 18, 2017
"Fractured America" on ABC 20-20: Right-wing extremists goad violence out of the Left
ABC 20-20 aired “Fractured America” tonight, with portrayals of the most extreme domestic movements on the right and the left, from White Supremacists, to ANTIFA (Anti-Fascists).
It started out by covering a female demonstrator (Lacey MacCauley) from ANITA leadership whose speech was rather metaphoric, to covering the demonstrations on Inauguration Day. It moves to the violence at Berkeley when Milo Yiannopoulos appears.
It switches to covering Heimbach, and then Richard Spencer. Listen to some of the quotes:
“Equality is for losers”. “We want to march like ants in formation.”
The documentary moves to covering a gathering in Pikeville, KY (which I visited in May 1972 when looking at strip mining).
The documentary covers the eruption of violence Saturday morning in Charlottesville, VA leading to a car attack resulting in one death, and then it cover’s Trump’s “blame both sides” flips.
Finally it tries to sit MacCauley down next to Spencer. There was a discussion about a “white homeland” v. “anarchist utopia.” and then the need for self-defense. OK words are not bullets. It’s impossible to summarize any logic that makes sense.
The broadcast emphasizes that most political demonstrators are non-violent.
What seems most at issue is the “right” of people who claim systemic group oppression not only to use force to defend themselves, but to compel others to support them preferentially in order for them to achieve their collective goal. The White Supremacists started Charlottesville, and intended Antifa to combat them, which happened. But Antifa , whatever its own wrongdoing, seems to have a lot of public support for its clam that it can expect society to regard white supremacy as the greater evil first. Sometimes social change does require some physical altercation. Look at Stonewall.