So what happens when you put a former neo-Nazi skinhead recruiter with a former anarchist antifa organizer, and drop them on a Fox News set for a chat?
If your answer includes fist fights and swinging clubs, you’re wrong.
On the other hand, if you think it provided a good opportunity to gain some insight into what makes each of these extremist ideologies tick, you’re right on the money.
Former skinhead and neo-Nazi recruiter Frank Meeink and former antifa organizer Scott Crow discussed violence on both sides. While the former skinhead leader now disavows the use of violence, Crow is unrepentant.
“Anybody who wants to stand up to white supremacy, or anybody who wants to stand up to racism, or stop communities of color, or immigrants, or women from being attacked by white supremacists is antifa. It could be your mother […].”
Meeink, who remembers antifa from the early 1990s, recalled marching in rallies and ducking bottles as he carried banners.
“I never ducked a bottle once, and thought ‘Whoa, I better rethink my beliefs, here!’ It doesn’t work that way,” he said, “It makes me stronger in what I was doing.”
“I fought (against) Nazis. I’ve had death threats. I’ve had guns drawn on me. I’ve drawn guns on fascists. I’ve been in altercations. I’ve smoke-bombed places.
I’ve done a myriad of things to try and stop fascism and its flow over the years.
People put on the masks so that we can all become anonymous, right? And then, therefore, we are able to move more freely and do what we need to do, whether it is illegal or not.”
Crow’s admission flies in the face of a Friday Washington Post op-ed, in which Yoav Fromer, professor of American history and politics at Tel Aviv University in Israel, claims America’s leftists “gave up” on political violence “decades ago”:
Perspective: Why the American left gave up on political violence https://t.co/Fem1U7lOh0
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 19, 2017
Apparently, Scott Crow was not one of Fromer’s resources.
Source: Conservative Daily