How do I defend myself or others from violent white supremacists and their ilk if self-defense can be spun against me?
I’ve been struggling with something ever since Donald was elected and it became clear that there was a chance I’d need to defend myself or others physically – should I attend marches, protests, counter-protests, and the like?
See, I’m not the kind of person who can practice non-violence when facing violence against myself. I don’t have it in me to stand there and take a blow without responding. If someone tries to punch or kick me, I’m going to defend myself. If someone swings at me with a baseball bat, I’m going to assume that my attacker is trying to put me in the hospital, and I’m going to do everything I can to prevent that, up to and including putting my attacker in the hospital instead. If someone comes at me with a knife, I’m going to assume that he’s trying to kill me, and I’ll step up my response accordingly.
And if I’ve decided that I’m there to protect others, I’ll respond similarly to threats against them as I would to threats against myself.
But is that kind of response counter-productive? Any violence, even in self-defense, can be spun by Infowars, Breitbart, Fox and Friends, and their ilk to make my allies look bad. And however much I would want to protect others and myself, I wouldn’t want my actions to be turned around and used against my own allies.
Maybe put me in the 2nd or third row, where I can step up if the shit hits the fan? I don’t know. But it’s something I should probably figure out before the next white supremacist and Nazi rally comes to the Colorado Front Range.