I can’t quit you I can’t quit you, oh baby I can’t quit you I can’t quit you, oh babe Gonna regret it Yeah, I’m gonna regret it Yeah, I’m gonna regret it I’m gonna regret it I’m gonna regret it (babe, babe, babe) Gonna regret it Yeah, I’m gonna regret it
something that I have not yet seen discussed in the punching Nazis discussion
I am a woman, and I am queer. If the alt-right got the control they wanted, I would be affected.
I am also cis, straight-passing, middle-class, and, this one is majorly important, fucking white.
Most of the pearl-clutching I’ve seen over how we can’t POSSIBLY meet hate speech with violence, we can’t sink to their level, that makes us as bad as them, etc, etc - most of that is coming from white liberals.
And the thing is, fellow white people, is that this is on us.
You know who’s preaching this Neo-Nazi bullshit? White people. Do you know where this ‘philosophy’ came from, who developed it historically? White people. Do you know who fucked up basically the entire planet, spreading our racism, our homophobia, our sexism, our religious fundamentalism like a gods-damn virus everywhere we went, from North America to Africa to Japan?
We did this. We allowed it to happen. We invented it historically, we preached it historically, and even when a lot of us learned better, we allowed this shit to grow unmolested in various corners of our society. We even let it get into our governments and houses of law.
So we don’t get to flail and wail and wring our hands. We absolutely do not get to patronisingly, hypocritically chide the various minorities who respond to the hate and oppression we created and allowed and abet with hatred and violence, as if somehow their hate and violence is unjustified. As if we didn’t start it first. As if we haven’t turned our eyes aside, again and again and again, from those in our demographics who preach and act on hatred from positions of power.
You don’t get to criticize an abuse victim for finally hitting back.
The Neo-Nazis and alt-right are our fault, and they’re our responsibility to police and get rid of, because we’re the ones who share their privilege, we’re the ones who can confront and shut them down with the highest chances of success and from the positions of most safety. These are people who demonstrably can’t be reasoned with. It’s been tried. Sure, we can change our education system to promote empathy and enlightenment, but that’s a long-term solution that won’t fix any of the issues facing us right now.