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originally posted by: Edumakated
These hate groups have been holding rallies for as long as I can remember. They have been marginalized and no one really takes them seriously. Every time opposition shows up at these rallies it gives them the coverage/attention they desperately seek.
Had BLM, antifa, or whoever just ignored these Unite The Right guys, they would have just disappeared back into oblivion.
originally posted by: Byrd
a reply to: Edumakated
Am I going to go up to a neo-Nazi/white supremacist and start shouting at them or hitting them?
No. It's a stupid thing to do.
Have I been at rallies and marches where my group and I were challenged by neo-Nazis/White Supermicists/etc? Yes, I have. Walked right on past them without engaging.
WOULD I ever punch one of them? Yes, if I saw a group of them attacking someone I would step in to stop them (though I'd be more likely to use the techniques we learned in Kung-Fu... yank them backwards and use my weight to pin them down while yelling for others to help me).
My preference is for peaceful demonstrations and ignoring the jerks. That strategy empowers the left wing to get out and get involved (there's data to show this, in fact... a lot of data.) Violence tends to empower and motivate the right-wing base.