Kudos to NPR for going this far.
Kelly McEvers reports on a violent confrontation, admits it was started by Antifa, and praises a reporter for protecting the apparentlypeaceful protester.
On Sunday a planned rally of right-wing activists in Berkeley, Calif., mostly fizzled out, but thousands of peaceful left-wing protesters turned out, singing songs and chanting.
About 150 members of anti-facist groups — also known as antifa or black bloc protesters — also were there, marching in formation with covered faces. Then a couple of people from the right-wing did show up.
That’s when Al Letson, host of the investigative radio program and podcast Revealfrom the Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, saw one right-wing man fall to the ground, and some left-wing antifa protesters beating him. [Actually he later said the guy might have been pushed or tripped to the ground.]
Letson jumped on top of the guy to protect him, because, he says, he didn’t want anyone to get hurt.
Letson says this has not changed his opinion of Antifa:
It hasn’t really changed the way I think about them at all. I think that the problem that happens when we have the antifa or people on the left engaging in violence is that it shifts the narrative.
Suddenly, we are equating people that are fighting Nazis with Nazis — and the two things don’t equate, right? And we’ve seen what they can do when they’re in power. So we see and know exactly what that is.
It’s a false equivalency to say that the people fighting back against that are the exact same. But I also see how the violence that is coming from the antifa movement can be spun to make it seem like the two are equivalent.
Well, in that he is correct. There is no equivalence between a peaceful protester and Antifa — really a gang of thugs. The leftist line still seems to be that if Antifa is violent, and the neo-right-wing-supremacists are peaceful…they can’t bring themselves to say aloud what we all know.
Violence is actually a greater threat than hate. Want proof? Ask the guy who got kicked.