Supremacists, nationalists, Antifa: What it all means

NewImageTaylor Nadauld of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News interviewed two UI history professors (Dale Graden and Richard Spence) to dissect the “complex situation” with supremacists, nationalists, and Antifa. 

Both Antifa and white supremacist groups claimed to be present at the Charlottesville riots. So who was in the wrong?

Spence would not pick a “bad” side, but said both were capable of violence.

“The bad guys are the guys that do bad things,” Spence said.

 

That’s a great quote. 

This was an excellent, extensive article. I want to quote just a few paragraphs from it. Go to the Daily News to read the rest. 

With confusion surrounding terms like “white nationalist,” “white supremacist” and “Antifa,” Graden and another local historian gave their input to the Daily News to define the terms, their origins and how the events in Charlottesville relate to the rest of history.

UI history professor Richard Spence believes the titles mostly exist in people’s heads, but their meanings tend to differ depending on how one identifies.

“The one thing those terms basically have in common is they are names people call each other,” Spence said.

By his understanding, a white nationalist is a person who views being white as an ethnicity or as an identity – and by embracing a certain identity, you are declaring what you are not, he said.

“You can make the ‘white’ category pretty much whatever you want it to be,” Spence said.

Still, just because one defines his or herself as something does not necessarily mean he or she is antagonistic, Spence said.

The difference between a white nationalist and a white supremacist, arguably, Spence said, is that supremacists demand whites hold the position of dominance. To see an example, just look back to the Jim Crow laws of the South.

The term Neo-Nazi includes people who have called themselves Nazis since the end of World War II, or, as Spence puts it, “Hitler fanboys.”They buy into the symbolism of Nazism, Spence said, though not necessarily national socialism.

Graden suggested all white supremacists are white nationalists and many nationalists are supremacists.

That’s pretty bold making a categorical statement like that. Is it true, though? 

Most are young, angry men, both professors said.

NewImageLooking at the videos, that seems accurate. There were a few women marching. I’m not sure what he means by “young”, though. 

Then there’s Antifa, widely understood to be the other side referenced in Trump’s “both sides” statement.

The term goes as far back as 1930s Germany, Spence said, when a movement called Antifaschistische Aktion (Anti-Fascist Action in the United Kingdom) was formed to counter the Nazi party. The movement was later disbanded.

But by the ’70s and ’80s, Spence said, a new punk movement had emerged in its place after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and with it, a skinhead subculture. That subculture split in polarizing directions, some emulating neo-Nazis, some anti-fascists.

You have to wonder how anti-fascists split off into neo-Nazis. There’s something rotten in the core when that happens. 

Today, Antifa is not necessarily an organized group with a headquarters, Spence said, though individuals identify as members.

Many are left-wing, anti-capitalism and anti-patriarchy, Spence said. Often associated with anarchists, they may be violent or pacifist.

Go to the Daily News to read the rest. 

Former Muslim; Islam Is Not Compatible With Liberty Or Western Civilization

I’NewImageve been saying this since the beginning of blogging. Islam is not just a religion. It’s also a civil government, run under Sharia Law. 

It cannot be domesticated. It cannot be democratized. 

This from a former Muslim: 

It seems whenever anyone begins to criticize Islam, they are quickly deemed “Islamaphobes” or “racists” by Islamic apologists (Muslims and non-Muslims alike) as a means to halt any honest investigation of the subject. Many atheists and “freethinkers” will desperately attempt to divert attention to the history of violence in other religions or point out that other holy books have violent passages just like the Quran. However, Islam is different than other religions in the sense that it is also a political ideology. The question of what the true nature of Islam is has been a topic of heated debate. There are typically two distinct answers (1) Islam is a religion of peace and one of the greatest religions in the world or (2) Islam is a violent and brutal ideology that is incompatible with Western civilization.

To truly understand Islam, one must understand the prophet Muhammad. All Muslims will agree that “there is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger”. Many people know that the Quran is the holy book of Islam but they do not know about the Sira and the Hadith. The Sira is the biography of Muhammad and the Hadith are a collection of traditions and sayings of Muhammad. Studying the Sira and Hadith is just as important as studying the Quran. In the Quran, it is repeatedly stated that Muhammad is the perfect example of a man and that all of the world should strive to be like him. However, the Quran does not offer enough guidance on how to emulate Muhammad and this is where the Sira and Hadith come into play. Muhammad was much more than a religious leader; he was also a warlord and skilled tactician who spread his religion by the sword. It is also disturbing to note that Muhammad married a nine-year-old old child and consummated the marriage when she turned twelve.

A great deal of the Islamic doctrine is dedicated to the Kafir (a.k.a unbelievers). Kafirs can be polytheists, idol worshippers, Christians, Jews, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, or Pagans. Anyone who does not accept Allah and Muhammad as his messenger is considered a Kafir. According to the Quran, a Kafir:

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Ok folks, here’s what REALLY happened in Charlottesville – and what everyone is missing

Another black conservative speaks out about Charlottesville. 

Ok folks, here’s what REALLY happened in Charlottesville – and what everyone is missing

This past weekend I was honored to be in a most picturesque place with some great and hospitable folks in Prescott (Yavapai County) Arizona. I was there to address the Republican Women of Prescott, the nation’s largest Republican women’s club, on their 75th anniversary.

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Let me begin by saying, I deplore any form of supremacist view — white, black, Hispanic, Islamic. I will be the first to openly state and embrace, a sense of American exceptionalism and supremacy that is rooted in our founding principles and values. Any and all else that is contradictory is to be condemned. What I have witnessed post the events of Saturday 12 August is the typical Rahm Emanuel mentality and political posturing: “never let a good crisis go to waste.”

Therefore, I seek to assess what really happened in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This is worth reading

Hilarious: White Supremacist Thinks He’s A Christian

From the Babylon Bee

FAIRFAX, VA—With all the madness going on in the world, it can be therapeutic to get a good laugh out of something every once in a while. You know, to relieve the pressure and stress of living in this fallen world.

So check this out: local avowed white supremacist Richard Wilson actually thinks he is a Christian. LOL!

Reacting to the grotesque racism and violence displayed in Charlottesville over the weekend, Wilson reportedly invoked the name of the Lord. “God is on our side,” the man who espouses a clearly satanic worldview said to one source, who confirmed also that Wilson regularly refers to himself as a Christian and considers white supremacist ideals to be in line with God’s will, and not an evil worldview from the very pit of hell.

So funny! Can you even believe it?

And if that weren’t enough, the man even thinks Jesus and a host of other people in the Bible were Caucasian. He reportedly has a picture of a pale white Jesus hanging in his house! And he’s not even being ironic about it!

Hilarious!