Letter: Room for everyone to counter racist fascists

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The article [on] the Mountain Xpress [website, “Community Turns Out for Charlottesville Solidarity Rally at Pack Square,” Aug. 14] doesn’t reflect my experience at the rally on [Aug. 13] night. I haven’t been to many protests, but this felt far from a riot.

Sometimes love is a chant of resistance. Because revolution isn’t a selfish act. Because putting one’s body between neo-Nazis and clergy (http://avl.mx/414) is the right thing to do.

Because being the first on the scene to deliver aid, while the police send in tanks and weapons pointed at the dying, is intensely courageous. (The tanks [in Charlottesville] arrived before the ambulance — let me be very clear.)

I can’t imagine, in a town where the police shot and killed Jerry Williams in the street, why anyone might feel police are unwelcome at an anti-racist rally.

Taking the streets is a demonstration of solidarity. When police corral protesters behind their lines and cars, they are saying to the flag-waving, overly compensating, engine-revers that the protesters are the problem, to be caged in. They give space for the Trump trucks to own the streets.

But whose streets are these? (Our streets!)

No one has more legitimacy to claim this rally than anyone else. Neo-Nazis killed a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, a radical union that seeks to unionize all elements of the working class except the police — an organization founded by anarchists (although ascribing to no political philosophy as an organization now). What I’ve read is that Heather [Heyer] was a Social Democrat, and my understanding is that she died walking alongside comrades from all across the spectrum of the left.

The anarchists I saw at the [Asheville] rally spent a considerable amount of effort advocating that everyone has a different way of mourning and combating neo-Nazi violence (despite the fact that anarchists who were present at the crash were prevented from speaking here).

I don’t know Heather Heyer, but it seems that she was not on the sidelines lighting candles and singing to the alt-right. Light candles for her. Hold hands and remember her name. But let the Antifa take the streets and show solidarity for her, too. There’s room for everyone to counter racist fascists in this town.

— Charlotte Taylor
Asheville

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3 thoughts on “Letter: Room for everyone to counter racist fascists

  1. John Penley

    Just asking not saying he is one but, do you think Trump and his defender Carl Mumpower are Nazi or KKK sympathizers ? I actually was in Charlottesville and that might be classified as a riot. Calling what happened in Asheville a “riot” is just plain stupid or something a Nazi KKK sympathizer might say to get attention and blame the Victim Heather Heyer for her murder which the Nazi KKK Unite The Right organizers are doing now.

  2. randy0302

    Charlottseville Unite the right leader Jason Kessler was 8 year Obama supporter who turned “White Supremacist” On Trump election day. Ohh, and a contributing editor to CNN.
    Brennan Gilmore eye witness caught the driver on video? Ok but Brennan worked in Africa for the US State dept under Hillary. Really. Currently chief of staff for candidate for Governor (VA).
    I’m sure this article is just paid propaganda but for anyone engaged in critical thinking out there. When you see images of Nazis saying death to Jews on CNN who benefits? Always ask what do “they” want me to think? What’s the programming?
    Bonus: What is a Nationalist? Someone who loves their Nation. What is a Globalist. Someone who wants to end National Sovereignty and move to Global control. Which are you? This is real…. and the only battle. President Trump and President Putin are nationalist. They can stop Globalism. Globalist are loosing , panicking and dying.
    Double bonus: Russia has 11 time zones largest land mass on planet earth. President Putin has completely banned Monsanto and GMO’s in Russia. He loves his people and cares for them. Are you a Globalist are you with Monsanto…………here take the Red pill. Peace. Americans unite against globalism it will be over soon,

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