According to an aggregate of press and online media accounts, the original “Unite the Right” rally was a white supremacist demonstration that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 11 and 12, 2017. The organizers had ostensibly mobilized to oppose the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park, and by extension, a campaign of the removal of other Confederate monuments throughout the South. Far-left counter-protesters claimed that the rally’s organizers were proponents of fascism and racism.
The event came to be known as “the Charlottesville riots” after self-identified far-right and far-left protesters clashed violently. One person was killed and 19 others were injured when a man drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
The “Unite the Right II” rally was held in Lafayette Park near the White House last Sunday. Organized by one Jason Kessler (who purportedly leads the Unite the Right group), the organization’s amateurish website doesn’t state a platform of any kind, nor even give a reason for the rally.
The event wound up drawing only a few hundred party-goers – most of them from the far-left antifa movement – and resulted in dozens of arrests.
Response to the event from the mainstream press was predictable, with headlines like Salon’s “Unite the Right 2 was a failure – but American fascism is not dead” – but responses from the alternative press were rather predictable, too. Fox News’ Tomi Lahren rightly pointed out that while Unite the Right and antifa “are both dangerous, disturbing [and] disgusting,” the establishment press categorizes the former as bigoted and intolerant, but gives the latter a pass.
Well, that’s hardly news, is it? At this juncture, the fact that the press gives a pass to well-organized, effective and quite often violent far-left groups (and even lauds them) while demonizing poorly organized, ineffective fringe right groups is pretty much old hat.
Since words do mean something, however, I believe it is far, far more important that we examine the language and overall characterization with regard to so-called far-right groups like Unite the Right.
For example: Is there anything about Unite the Right – or any of the other fringe groups excoriated by the left and the mainstream press – that demonstrates that they do in fact hold a preponderance of “right-wing” values? You see, there are millions among us who take it as given that racism, white nationalism and white supremacist views are far-right values, when this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hitler’s Third Reich was a white supremacist regime, but as socialists, its members were by definition creatures of the left. There have been many leftist revolutions around the world wherein under-represented ethnic minorities wound up persecuted by ethnic majorities.
The popular acceptance that racist outfits like Unite the Right are right-wing groups simply because the far-left and the press say so is obviously playing right into the hands of far-left propagandists. Their objective at present is to inculcate the belief on a large scale that those on the right – that is, all those to the right of center – are a pack of racists.
While we’re at it, let’s take a closer look at Unite the Right itself, shall we?
Strange as it may seem, while the far left Southern Poverty Law Center calls Unite the Right founder Jason Kessler “a relative newcomer to the white nationalist scene,” it also claims the following:
“Rumors abound on white nationalist forums that Kessler’s ideological pedigree before 2016 was less than pure and seem to point to involvement in the Occupy movement and past support for President Obama.”
Do tell. Why, if I were a fellow who leaned toward conspiracy theory, I might think that Kessler was some sort of scruffy double agent, a leftist operative posing as a far-right guy for the sole purpose of ginning up fear of white nationalists and fascism in general – as well as inculcating the belief on a large scale that those on the right are a pack of racists.
Whether or not this representation of Kessler is accurate, this strategy has been employed by leftist operatives and organizations for 100 years. They’ve not only used it against what they once called “the establishment” in America, but they’ve even used this ploy to subvert rival leftist groups. As many such as myself have pointed out, the advent of the Obama cabal saw a marked resurgence in old-school communist tactics and thuggery, and a strategy such as this would be right out of that playbook.
As far as Kessler himself goes, if one examines the hateful tripe that is attributed to him during his alleged time as a lefty and now as an alleged white nationalist, one can readily see that he is simply among those angry, underachieving narcissists who become determined to get attention by any means possible.
A good take-away from the Unite the Right phenomenon is that loser fringe groups, regardless of their position on the political continuum, do not reflect the prevailing sympathies of our nation. An even better one is that Americans need to become far more aware of how, through our own language, our mental associations, beliefs and worldview are being insidiously manipulated by the very enemies we purport to know so well.