TO THE EDITOR:
I was recently disappointed by a letter to the editorial board titled “Inaction never leads to action” by first-year Richard Denton. He was writing in response to an editorial referencing the incident of Feb. 21, in which a number of “anti-fascist” protesters assembled on the steps of the South Building. Unfortunately, Denton’s letter is fallacious, inaccurate and dangerous.
His position seems to be that protesting fascism is never fascist. That’s because the protest, by its nature, is anti-fascist. This, of course, doesn’t make any sense. Just because you oppose something doesn’t magically prevent you from being defined by the thing you oppose. You’re still a murderer even if you hate murderers so much that you decide to go out and kill one.
Denton proclaims that “the idea that a protest against fascists is a boon to fascism is plainly fallacious and wrongheaded." This statement is only true if the protesters aren’t fascists themselves. Left-wing activists like the ones who showed up to the "counter protest" on Feb. 21 wish to silence the speech of their opposition, and are willing to commit acts of violence to achieve that end. This combination has historically characterized fascism.
A woman protesting a lecture by psychologist Jordan Peterson after being arrested. She was identified with a cohort of students banging on the windows of the lecture hall to drown out Peterson’s talk. The protest in Chapel Hill was led by the latest spokesman for leftist hysteria on campus, Dwayne Dixon, a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Asian Studies. Dixon was arrested last summer for two misdemeanors during his involvement at a protest in Durham for “having a weapon at a public assembly or rally and going armed to the terror of people” The Herald Sun . The Sun also quoted Major Paul Martin of the Durham County Police Department as saying that Dixon had brought multiple magazines of ammunition to the protest. Dixon is also a member of the Antifa branch, , which describes itself as an “anti-racist, anti-fascist community defense,” and .