Hey, Mom! Talking to My Mother #572 - It's okay to punch a Nazi
We're deep in the controversy. Lots of hate and anger flowing around our country.
This issue started up Monday January 23 when someone punched a self-proclaimed Nazi in the face,and the moment was captured in a video that went "viral."
The video is included below.
The Internet supposedly "split" in two between those who believe it's all right to punch Nazis and ones who believe that violence is never the right response no matter what we're facing.
I strongly believe in the rights of people to punch Nazis if they wish to do so. I would not choose to punch a Nazi. I do not like to punch anyone. Hurts my hands.
But Nazis abdicated their rights to be respected when they engaged in genocide. Punching is a low end reaction on the spectrum of possible reactions.
There's this standard response in debates, usually in college, that one makes a disclaimer of this kind: "I respect your right to your opinion, but I don't happen to share your opinion."
In the ten years I taught women's studies, I quickly came to the conclusion that this disclaimer is fucking bullshit.
I DO NOT RESPECT your opinion if it professes hate or violence.
I know, likewise, you do not have to respect my opinion for affirming that it's okay to punch a Nazi. I get how it works the other way.
I don't care about the hypocrisy. I know I would not like the turnabout being fair play. I understand that this opinion goes against what I usually believe and what I usually profess. I am not suggesting that the government take this position (though with the current government's flagrant disregard for personal rights, who knows what will happen). But just looking at this incident, and punching this Nazi? I am fine with it.
I do not believe that we need to tolerate those who profess opinions of hate and violence. I have no respect for such things, and I have no reason to tolerate it.
Woody Allen is right. Bricks and baseball bats works better with Nazis.
Here's three different re-posted articles along with the video of the punch.
FROM - http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/video-richard-spencer-punch-antifa-fascism
The Long History of "Nazi Punching"
Video of an assault on a white nationalist marks the return of an age-old conflict.
For decades, [white supremacists] were the face of the enemy and only a minute few dared show their true colors in public. This made them easy to dismiss, easy to ignore...However, recent events have proven that the fascist ideology has not only survived but thrived…Now, their labors of hatred have been rewarded with a sympathetic President-Elect and a federal Congress that is, at best, indifferent to their evil.A warning to those who wish to destroy what we hold dear; We will resist you in the streets, in the poll booths and in the townhouses. Whether it's in the bars, the concert halls, the conference centers or even City Hall, we will not allow a platform for your dangerous and divisive ideas. We will not allow history to repeat itself. We will shut you down everywhere you go. We will block your marches. We will interrupt your speeches. We will protest your legislation. We will be the thorn in your side. The glass in your bread. The pain in your ass.
FROM - https://mic.com/articles/160203/is-it-ethical-to-punch-a-neo-nazi-we-asked-the-experts#.oElTHkecc
Is it ethical to punch a neo-Nazi? We asked the experts.
The only time you can punch a Nazi
What can you do instead?
FROM - http://www.salon.com/2017/01/23/the-new-national-debate-is-it-ever-ok-to-punch-a-nazi/
The new national debate: Is it ever OK to punch a Nazi?
America can't agree on whether violence is an appropriate response to Hitler's ideology
On Friday, Richard Spencer, president of the white nationalist think tank National Policy Institute and advocate for “peaceful ethnic cleansing,” was punched in the face while bragging about the success of white supremacists in getting Donald Trump — whom they love — elected president.
Although the number of plays on the video and the glee with which the memes are being shared suggest many find it fun to watch someone who did a Hitler salute on stage get clocked, a serious debate over the act is going down over: If you see someone espousing the views of Adolf Hitler in public, should your knuckles meet their jaw? America needs answers, apparently. Even the New York Times jumped into the debate.
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