There is a worrying wave of complacency among Democrats who are not condemning the belligerent and incensing behavior of Antifa groups, argues John Kass of the Chicago Tribune. While actions from the far-right, particularly in Charlottesville, are indefensible, as was the President Trump’s reaction to this, it is wrong to ignore the misdeeds of Antifa. Democrats and left-leaning publications have yet to unequivocally denounce this violence. Recently in Berkeley, their violence stood out in the face of peaceful conservative protesters. The political left staying silent signals that some Americans deserve to get beaten up for their opinions.
Violence is a minuscule part of the Antifa movement, which is generally peaceful in its mission to counter issues such as racism and xenophobia, suggests Stanislav Vysotsky of In These Times. Antifa involvement in clashes has mostly been born from self-defense. White supremacist and neo-Nazi followers have often targeted them in marches or protests. Unlike far-right groups, Antifa generally resorts to violence when attacked first. The broader movement focuses on spreading tolerance and supporting oppressed minorities. The Antifa movement is needed to counter hate and bigotry in the United States.