The University of Michigan is preparing for a visit from white supremacist Richard Spencer. If past is prologue, then the UM administration’s policy will tend toward disengagement and caution, rather than effective resistance.
Responses from Chiara Bottici, Neil Faulkner, Rose Sydney Parfitt, Tim Jacoby, Charlie Post, Yannis Stavrakakis, William I. Robinson, Laurence Davis, Elena Loizidou, Cenk Saraçoğlu, Eva Nanopoulos, Chip Berlet, Stephen Hopgood, and Jessica Northey.
The repetition of words like “thug” and “gang” in media coverage of anti-fascist demonstrators suggests the degree to which mainstream journalists, and centrists more widely, understand challenges to the state in the same euphemisms with which they express their own deep anti-blackness.
Today we must remember Heather Heyer and all those who left their homes in the morning to fight for justice, knowing that they might not come back. These people are never angels or saints. They are ordinary people, like you and me. Their refusal could not be silenced.
Much mainstream media coverage of the helicopter attack on Venezuelan government buildings has focused on Oscar Alberto Perez’s bombastic statements about “restoring constitutional order.” But listen closely to the other expressions and terms Perez uses in his video statement. They provide a window into a fascistic form of thought that may come to define the opposition in Venezuela.