You know, I really debated making this part of my Self Care series. It really should be, because it’s just so… so… satisfying. In the end, I decided not to for two reasons:
My Self Care series is on a set schedule: every day at noon. Today’s Self Care post has already gone up, and I want to put this up today.
Also, this is going to be the sugar to a spoonful of medicine I plan on dropping shortly about the whole “when they go low, we go high” bullshit.
If you want, consider this part of the Self Care series. I know I do.
And what is it I’m talking about?
Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer getting punched in the face:
Isn’t that just so… wonderful? I need to see it a few more times…
Good morning everyone, especially the person who made this pic.twitter.com/Ve4m3qsmlh
— Sure Thing (@ChakaFlocka) January 21, 2017
this is as patriotic as I've felt in a long time pic.twitter.com/yiVxd8semM
— stalin cosplayr(paro (@prttybadtweeter) January 21, 2017
Mmm now that’s the stuff…
I made one of those Richard Spencer videos. pic.twitter.com/ToudvGAPhW
— don (@donswaynos) January 21, 2017
Pure cut, too…
— DJ Ded Beat (@djdedbeat) January 21, 2017
Oh god that hits the spot just right!
And possibly the best one:
How about Richard Spencer getting punched to our National Anthem, sung by Beyoncé, with surprise cameos from American heroes. ?? ????? pic.twitter.com/j61CAHFQ4u
— Aaron Stewart-Ahn (@somebadideas) January 23, 2017
— tiny bella ☭ (@babycommie666) January 26, 2017
Of course, as always, the hand-wringers are out in full force, moaning and whining about what kind of “message” this sends (fuck Nazis?), if it was the right thing to do (umm… yes?) etc. So I want to answer some of their moralizing whines…
Is it okay to punch white nationalist Richard Spencer in the face?
Yes. In fact, it’s okay to punch any gotdamb Nazi in the face. In fact, I’m just sittin’ here waiting for the video of Steve Bannon getting punched in the face.
Are his white nationalist, racist views — which helped establish the self-described alt-right, a fringe far-right movement with racist, anti-immigrant, and anti-Semitic views — so deplorable and extreme that they justify violence?
Others argue that violence can hurt left-wing causes — and reinforce extreme right-wing views.
Then they are ignoring the fact that the person who punched Richard Spencer is not someone upholding “left-wing” causes. The anonymous person who punched Richard Spencer wore a uniform suggesting that he was part of the black bloc. According to the Nation…
The black bloc is not a group but an anarchist tactic—marching as a confrontational united force, uniformed in black and anonymized for security. Once deployed, the tactic has an alchemic quality, turning into a temporary object—the black bloc.
It even has a Wiki page. In short, the Black Bloc is a form of anti-fascist protest/aggression, or Antifa. It’s usually associated with anarchism, and has more in common with Malcolm X than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So let’s not frame this as a “left-wing” thing. Because Fascism is a thing that can be both right-wing and left-wing (remember that the Nazis were also known as the National Socialist Party), resisting Fascism can also come from both sides.
In short, this is very different.
I’m going to sum up this entire next opinion piece with a question, which I will then answer:
If you punch a Nazi, what makes you better than them?
I’m not a Nazi.
It would take a hell of a lot more than punching a Nazi in the face to drag me down to their level. I would have to, for example, advocate the complete genocide of entire races/ethnicities, sexualities, gender expressions, etc to hold up my own. Punching a Nazi doesn’t come anywhere near close to that.
So it is literally impossible for punching Richard Spencer, or any Nazi, to drag you down to his/their level, because punching someone in the face does not mean you want to commit genocide against them and everyone like them.
There is a definite argument to be made that politics in the United States has gotten really scary, and that there’s a radicalization happening on both sides that can be terrifying to some people.
So they should be terrified of me, because I’m slowly becoming more radical. I’m less and less convinced that “peace” is doing anything other than giving the right-wing fascists in this country more and more room to make things worse.
But of course, it’s fine for me, a privileged straight, white, cis-gendered, able-bodied man, to say that. Because an Antifa uprising will most definitely hurt those not like me. And I need to remember that. So my role will always be as a shield and as support.
But if I get a chance to punch a Nazi in the face, you best believe I’ll be taking it.