I grew up in Richmond and went to college at VCU in the heart of the city. At one point, we had an apartment near the Virginia Museum and I’d ride my bike down Monument Avenue to go to class each day. (Suddenly I’m remembering having to ride home in a sudden downpour, hoping the books in my backpack didn’t get too wet.)
Anyway, even then, my friends and I knew those statues to traitors should not be there. We called Monument Avenue “the Avenue of Losers” (and I even worked that into my novel BLOODSUCKERS: A VAMPIRE RUNS FOR PRESIDENT which begins in Richmond).
So I’m glad to see that they’re finally removing the statues to the traitors, which were only erected by confederate sympathizers and racists during the Jim Crow days. You know — losers.
You want to idolize an evil man who owned other people and was willing to kill fellow Americans for the right to continue to do so? Fine, put the statue on your own property. This property — this avenue — belongs to us. We are refusing to use our money to support your evil on our property.
We should not be spending taxpayer money honoring people who rebelled and declared treason against that same government that now pays for the statues.
“It’s not honoring, it’s history” claim people who literally think that is a good argument. I don’t think it’s worth wasting my time explaining to these morons that we don’t honor bad history, and we don’t need statues to learn about history. (Somehow, we’ve managed to learn about World War II without a single statue of Hitler anywhere.)
You ever notice that the people who complain about “political correctness” are never the ones that need correcting?
“I can’t believe they’re changing the Cleveland Indians to the Guardians!” a bunch of non-Native Americans are screaming. “How dare they get rid of Aunt Jemima!” say white people. “Changing fictional characters to become women is ridiculous!” say men.
“What do you mean I can’t use an insulting term about someone different than me?” they say. “That’s ridiculous. Those terms never bothered me any, so why is everyone else upset?”
Because it’s not about you. It’s true. I know, I know — sit down and consider the following concepts:
Other people exist in the world
They have opinions, too
They are experts about their own identity, not you
If they say something is insulting to them, you should listen
You are impressing no one with your stubborn refusal to change
So after a week of protests, all four cops have been arrested, other cops are being arrested and/or investigated over their overreactions in other cases, Minneapolis may be disbanding their police force, other cities are demilitarizing their police, the Marines have banned Confederate flag symbols, Confederate statues are coming down, and even Republicans are starting to say “Black Lives Matter.”
But yet people are still saying “protests don’t accomplish anything.”
Every single black person you have ever met has a story to tell about how they were treated differently and how they are constantly wary of doing anything that some crazy karen or racist cop might take the wrong way.
Just like every woman can tell you a story about how she was mistreated, ignored, or passed over because of her gender.
If you’re not aware of that, then you’re part of the problem. (And maybe your “black friends” aren’t as close as you think they are if you are denying what every one of them experiences.)
I always thought the default position was to be against fascists. I’m proud to be anti-fascists.
I guess if you’re anti-antifa, that must make you fa.
“No!” some of my well-meaning liberal friends say. “They’re violent and violence is always bad!”
Well, first of all, let me roll my eyes in disbelief. Then, let me point out a few things:
The nazis, klan members, and Trump supporters who march through town wearing swastikas, Confederate flags and klan flyers while shouting “Jews will not replace us” are not only advocating violence, they are literally killing people. And they’re killing people because of who they are — over things they have no control over, like their race, sex, nationality, and sexual identity.
Antifa people are responding to them. If the fascists go away, the antifa people will too.
Some asshole nazi-supporting reporter gets beaten? Yeah, that shouldn’t have happened. But that’s it? That’s the one example? How many mass shootings by white supremacists do we need on the other side to say “That is so minor in comparison”?
There is no coordinated antifa organization. It’s just something you identify yourself as, like being a Beatles fan. There’s no dues. There’s no leader… As opposed to the klan and the nazis and the goddamn Republican party, with its leader that has inspired more terrorist attacks in the last two years than any ISIS leader.
Throwing milkshakes at people isn’t violence. It’s not meant to harm them, it’s meant to humiliate them. It’s for us to laugh at them, because they don’t know how to handle being laughed at.
There is no way to equate milkshake throwing with murder.
The reason some antifa people wear masks to hide their faces is because these nazis on the other side have guns and want to kill them.
A very small percentage of antifa people have committed minor crimes of violence, but nothing compared to what the nazis, klan members, Trump supporters and fascists have committed. It is possible to be against all violence, from either side, and still be anti-fascist.
The Wall was never about security. It won’t stop immigrants from coming here (most of whom come by plane); it won’t stop the drugs — it’s just a way for the bigots in America, led by their Prime Leader Trump, to show their hatred of anyone not like them.
And he’s not even pretending any more. The latest tweet from him warns us that Muslim prayer rugs have been found.
Muslims! Be very very afraid! Despite the fact that the majority of terrorist attacks in America in the past ten years have been from white male Christians, Muslims! They’re different from you! A lot of them are brown! Be very very scared and vote for Republicans who will protect you!