Can I just have a moment of your time and ask a silly question please? I’m just wondering, we can all agree that punching people in the face and not in self-defense is wrong, right? Yes? Good.
Can we also say that about punching white nationalists with a disturbing fondness for Nazi propaganda? No? Well, crap.
I’m referring to an incident this weekend when Richard Spencer, henceforth known as Neo-Nazi(?), was punched during a live interview. I’ll admit it’s a somewhat amusing clip to watch. But it’s wrong.
Practically speaking, glorifying this act of violence normalizes it, and while for now it’s easy to chuckle over Mr. Neo-Nazi(?) being punched in the face, tomorrow when it’s someone you agree with, or, well, you, it may not be such a great thing.
Any time we create a mechanism for silencing someone, we must ask ourselves if we would be okay with that mechanism existing in the hands of someone we disagree with. Also, without Obamacare, I’m sure we can all agree it’s a bad idea to enter potentially injurious situations.