Mark Bray, a professor at Dartmouth College, has defended the alt-left and Antifa’s violent tactics, saying that they are justified to “avoid the rise of white nationalists” in regards to a preemptive strike.
“Considering someone died in Charlottesville, why do you defend confronting in a violent way?” Todd asked Bray on Sunday.
“A lot of people are under attack,” Bray said, “and sometimes they need to be able to defend themselves. It’s a privileged position to say you never have to defend yourself from these monsters.”
“No one is saying that if you’re slugged in the face you have to sit there and take it,” Cohen said. “The question here is, when white nationalists want to walk down the street, should people stop them? That’s a very different issue.”
“I think it’s a spectacularly bad idea,” Cohen argued, “to give one group the right to silence another group of people. It’s contrary to our values embodied in the First Amendment.”
“Fascism cannot be defeated by speech,” Bray asserted, contending that Antifa needs to strike now to prevent the proliferation of neo-Nazis.
Quite dangerous ground to be walking on there, don’t you think? While there are causes throughout history for preemptive strikes, I’m not really sure this qualifies. Mostly because there’s no real thought process on the alt-left’s part when it comes to these matters. Essentially, everyone who does not absolutely agree with them “must” be a racist, a sexist, a bigot, I mean… you name it. But we know that this is not true.
As Written By Amber Athey for the Daily Caller:
Host Chuck Todd brought Bray and the Southern Poverty Law Center president Richard Cohen back onto “Meet the Press” Sunday to debate whether Antifa’s violent tactics are acceptable. Todd previously had Bray and Cohen on his show Wednesday night wherein Bray revealed that he supports responding to extreme right groups with violence.