The continued, tortured use of false moral equivalency and red herrings to shift some share of the blame away from the Unite the Right movement as the fundamental core causal agent for this event is very disturbing.
And it's very sad that there is a very vocal few on this blog who seem to be digging in deeper and deeper with that.
Now see, it's this exact use of heavy handed, inaccurate language to mischaractierize someone's position on a subject that I find deeply offensive. I have zero respect for this type of behavior. It has no place in society.
Never once have I said I support anyone who is racist. Never once have I said I consider there to be an equivalency between the two sides. Those are not my words, how dare you claim they are. Shame on you.
All I have said is that violence is unacceptable, plain and simple. The answer to violent people is not to engage them in violence of your own, not in this type of situation. I will not tolerate war on the streets. It should not, and cannot be allowed to happen. There are better, more effective, and most of all, safer means of combating racism.
Hopefully at some point here logic and reason will win out.
I think if you read carefully, you'll see that these things are not mutually exclusive (your peaceful stance and the outrage over false equivalencies). I respect your call for peaceful solutions, and yet, we can still see the importance of not drawing false equivalencies between the groups. I don't see any personal attack from mmmmm. He's literally saying it makes him sad to see white supremacists trivialized down to being comparable to counter-protesters.
When someone says "both sides were violent", they are shifting blame away from the overwhelming problem, plain and simple. Yes, we can acknowledge that the Antifa exists and is not a peaceful group, but we MUST combat this narrative that implies relatively equal guilt/blame/intentions. There are always two sides to violent conflict, but we cannot and should not force the idea that there is no right side simply because all violence is wrong.
Furthermore, this rally wasn't "just" the KKK rearing it's ugly head. That's something I see being rationalized by many relatively moderate folks the last couple days. The event was called "Unite the Right" and featured the alt-right: a political movement that directly helped elect our POTUS, and to which Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller (and David Duke) all happen to belong. Let's let that sink in: white supremacists are the LEADERSHIP of the alt-right, they directly support Trump, and they are part of his administration.
Finally, whatever criticism you have of the Antifa, in the US they are generally tasked with one thing: directly and physically opposing white supremacists. That might not be the right tactic, but let's be clear:
White supremacists: eliminate all other races, oppress women, genocide would be fine if necessary.
Antifa: eliminate white supremacists. A few of us idealize communism.