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After Charlottesville, Pick a Side

After Charlottesville, Pick a Side
From Deadspin - August 13, 2017

When pundits rail againstthe alt-left; or melt down over campus inquisitions by supposedly fanatical social justice warriors; or when our paper of record explicitly equates fascists with the anti-fascists who turn up to oppose them, those they are attacking are the kinds of people who showed up in Charlottesville and at the University of Virginia, and got in the face of the Nazis and Klansmen and white power trash rampaging through an American city. They were the ones surrounded by torch-wielding mobs, andin one horrible instancekilled.

The opening line from theNew York Times article I linked to above, about anti-fascists and fascists facing off in Berkeley, reads, Last semesters protests at the University of California, Berkeley, challenged liberal presumptions about who exactly the good guys were. Hmmm.

This is how the papers story about Saturdays attack started (initial, super-vague homepage headline: Car Plows Into Crowd as Racial Tensions Boil Over in Virginia):

The city of Charlottesville was engulfed by violence on Saturday as white nationalists and counterprotesters clashed in one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the South.

Remember, a person on one side of this fight was, by all appearances, killed in cold blood. It takes skill to transform a story about racists killing anti-racists into a story about racists and anti-racists fighting each other. But that is the Times for you. For good measure, the paper also found space on Sunday for an op-ed about Charlottesville from Erick Erickson, who used it to declare, As a conservative, I see both the social justice warrior alt-left and the white supremacist alt-right as two sides of the same coin.

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