We need to stop calling white supremacists "fascists"

We need to stop calling white supremacists "fascists"

I read a Twitter thread today and got mad. It was written by a liberal schoolteacher responding to someone questioning his support for Antifa. In addition to being yet another example of the alarmingly annoying trend of using Twitter as a microblogging platform, it irked me in the way that only American liberals wanting to be radical can.

There are some serious issues with the way the conversation about the current political conflict in America is being constructed. I'm not talking about the malevolent actors who are deliberately misrepresenting the groups involved -- I'm talking about people who are, well, like me: mostly well-intentioned progressives.

What this thread made me realize is how the Antifa vs. Nazi framing we've been subject to since the Unite the Right rally (and cemented in Berkeley) is an insidious development in a dialogue that should be about major internal contradictions in the ideology of this country. Angry with random Twitter folk and buzzing over a supposedly deep insight, I wrote a thing.