Last week during the Berkeley Riots, yes they were riots not protests, as a light generator was burning the crowd chanted “This is what community looks like” according to Shane Bauer from Mother Jones. The inevitable question this leads one to ask is this the kind of community in which I want to live? Do I want to live in a community where my rights to free speech are limited by the whims of infantile leftists who left reason many miles back? Do I want to live in a community where I can be labeled a Nazi for pretty standard fiscal Conservative views and then chased down the street by masked boys in skinny jeans wielding sticks? Do I want to live in a community where every decision I arrive at based upon fact and reason is mischaracterized as racist, sexist or homophobic because the left has lost the capacity for reasoned debate? No this is certainly not the community I envision for myself or my family.
Protests against Milo at UC Berkeley. Protesters chanting “This is what community looks like.” pic.twitter.com/a0YIZ3epIc
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) February 2, 2017
If we left this up to the radical left this would be our community. Our voices would be silenced and those that did not bow and scrap to the tenants of the progressive would be branded traitor. The radical left is gearing up to fight. As the Daily Wire reported today a University of Central Florida student organization called the Knights of Socialism are training resist “… the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis” by any means necessary including violence. “The Leftist Fight Club” was promoted by the school paper and is open to anyone, well except Republicans. Of course this is a sly way of once again painting with an incredibly broad brush anyone right of David Rubin as a Neo-Nazi.
On their Facebook post announcing the event they claim “In response to the record number of hate crimes against Latinxs, Immigrants, Muslims, Women, the LGBTQIA+ community, Jews, African Americans and other minorities since the rise of Donald Trump and other Alt-Right Neo-Nazis, Knights for Socialism has decided to host a series of self-defense clinics for anyone that wants to learn how to BASH THE FASH.” They fail to cite any actual evidence to support the rise in “hate crimes” and conveniently ignore the multiple number of ones that have gained mainstream media attention only to turn out to be hoaxes. So I ask the Knights of Socialism. The next time your radical brethren rise up and riot trying to stop free speech do you plan on turning your newly gained skills on them? From where I sit, the only community that is promoting Fascism were those that have been violently protesting since the election of Donald Trump and they are all from the Left.
No community is not faces hidden by dollar store bandannas. It is not burning private property, it is not destroying storefronts, it is not pepper spraying women or running down those peacefully attempting to engage in free speech and hitting them with sticks. Community should not look like the Roman mob of yore unleashed. You will not find true community in a safe space because they are sterile and will not promote growth. You will not find it in a classroom where all your assumptions based on your limited experiences in the world are validated without challenge. You will not find it standing in a sea of physical diversity, but lacking in intellectual diversity. Community should support us yes, but it must also serve to challenge us to seek the “better angels of our nature.” If you truly think what occurred at Berkeley is “what community looks like”, then I feel sorry for your community.