A rose is a rose is a rose, by any other name. So shouldn’t a congregation of violent extremist idiots follow the same nomenclatural standards?
Last night in Richmond, barely 24 hours since a young woman and 2 brave state troopers tragically lost their lives, the phony charlatan gang of thugs known as ‘ANTIFA’ managed to pry 100 or so adult children away from their dorms for the purpose of terrorizing Richmond residents. Several assaulted area residents attempting to film their misguided display, and Monument Avenue residents were awaken to sounds of frenzied protesters vandalizing their property. Well, free speech – right? Yes, free speech; as in the journalist who was hospitalized for daring to film these brats.
Let’s call a spade a spade. I have personally witnessed the outright hypocrisy and violence from a group that calls themselves ‘Antifascists’ yet cant get enough of silencing free speech and throwing bricks at people who don’t agree with them. Last night was an atrociously stupid display that couldn’t have come at a worse time.
Making matters worse, our ‘leaders’ fail to recognize violence when it benefits them. Congresswoman Maxine Waters tweeted “Not both sides Mr. President. Your side.” Racist Vice-Mayor Will Bellamy, who has referred to Caucasian women on twitter as ‘white bitches’ continues to blame one side. As foul as the Klan and Nazis are Mr. Bellamy, Antifa was there swinging bats and spraying pepper spray. They had come looking for a fight, not dialogue.
This nation needs to heal. wielding thugs with masks, be they left or right wing, are probably not part of that healing process. The ones who actually change history are the nonviolent voices with their eyes on the prize. Ghandi and Martin Luther King have laid down the blueprint; yet some people seem to feel Goebles or Farakhan offer a better model.
I call on the leadership not only at VCU but also in the City of Richmond to get off their hands and lead. No more veiled rhetoric or divisive double speak. How many Richmonders are living in poverty and we are arguing about statues? Meanwhile, the white-nationalists are planning another “muh statues!” rally on September 16th. Mayor Stoney, the ball is in your court.