When someone says "both sides were violent", they are shifting blame away from the overwhelming problem, plain and simple. Yes, we can acknowledge that the Antifa exists and is not a peaceful group, but we MUST combat this narrative that implies relatively equal guilt/blame/intentions. There are always two sides to violent conflict, but we cannot and should not force the idea that there is no right side simply because all violence is wrong.
I disagree with your assessment. There was clear violence on both sides. I never said there was equal blame but two wrongs do not make a right.
There were people throwing bags of urine and armed with billy clubs on the protester side. Also, some of them wear masks if they are all goody two shoes can you tell me why they wear masks? You don't think they had any part in the escalation. I do. I think the Nazi White Supremacists were there to provoke as well. None of this merited that guy plowing into a crowd of people with his car killing him.
The media has ignored that this happened as it does nto fit their narrative but I saw this with my own eyes. It happened folks both sides were violent. I don't feel it takes anything away that someone decided to commit terrrorism and the ultimate act against their fellow man which is killing them.
Thank you for the respectful disagreement. I think you are still missing the point.
I agree that violence *existed* on both sides. That is factual.
I am not saying: "two wrongs make a right". That's a strawman you are arguing against.
I am not saying: "they [antifa] had [no] part in the escalation". That's a strawman, too.
We agree of course, that the murder was horrible.
The media may or may not be biased, depending on many factors including which media, and what you think is most relevant to report on. Let's put that aside for a moment, at least agreeing it's somewhere in the gray area.
What I am saying is that NONE of this justifies the entire situation being addressed as "many sides". Really focus on what a false equivalency is. It does not mean two things are completely unrelated. It means that they are being presented as more or less equal when they clearly are not.
One moderate argument I've heard a lot over the last 24 hours essentially says: these were just a handful of Nazi jerks, fighting against a handful of Communist jerks. I might hate Nazis more than anyone, but it doesn't matter. They're all jerks.
This is totally inaccurate. This was not some random KKK meetup. This was "Unite the Right". The alt-right, to which the POTUS belongs (and Bannon + Miller are card carrying members) marched ALONGSIDE grand wizards of the KKK, and self-declared white supremacists carrying Nazi flags and preaching genocide. I am not saying every member of the alt-right is a murdering supremacist. Far from it. But, this is a political movement that is failing to separate itself from white supremacy. Full stop. It's not just the president.
A political movement to which the president belongs, which likely elected him, which counts members of the administration among its leaders, is conducting white supremacy rallies. That is not to be compared in an uncertain terms to Antifa based on some level of shared aggression.