Got your attention, didn’t I. After this week’s horrific events in Charlottesville, VA, I’ve been seeing posts on Facebook and Twitter saying that the counter-protesters are as much to blame as the neo-nazis, white supremacists, and fascists in attendance.
Yes, there was a valid permit to march. And yes, there were counter protesters that fought back physically. But putting these groups of people in the same box is sickening.
Is it because the protesters were chanting “death to Jews” that you feel that both sides are to blame? You’re not a Jew, you’re not African American, or Latino, or Muslim, or any of those things.
So let me ask you this. What if they chanted “death to Lutherans” and came to Detroit Lakes to spew their hate speech? If you stood on the beach with your own signs telling the haters to go home, and an anti-Lutheran drove his car into your line of folks, would you still think that both sides were equally to blame? Because the Lutherans were yelling too, and spitting, and I think I even saw one throw a punch.
The KKK originally thought that Catholics were in the same category as blacks and Jews. Did you miss that part of history? Look it up. Catholics aren’t to blame for the cross burnings are they? What about the lynchings?
And just because you’re not one of the groups they hate now doesn’t mean you won’t be someday. The nazis hated more than just the Jews. You know from school history about the 6 million Jews murdered, right? The Jews were just one of the groups the nazis hated. Estimates of between 11 and 20 million people were murdered by this “hate group”. Read here for some statistics.
Martin Niemöller was a Protestant pastor that spoke up against the nazis. He was one of the counter protesters. He spent the last 7 years of nazi rule in a concentration camp.
Niemöller is perhaps best remembered for the quotation:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.