December 10 2016 12:08 PM
Originally posted by: cbrickhouse
what kind of topsy turvy world are we living in where conservatives are allowed to call liberals intolerant? this is a fairly new trend i've noticed since he got elected. they are now using our words against us, calling us intolerant and racist (against white people i guess?)
The thing is, battling fascism is inherently problematic, and by trying to silence ignorant people you become what you hate.
Racists and xenophobes detest those who are different to them and want to deny them the same rights that are granted to them. Because you hate racists you want to beat them up for being racist. You just became a fascist.
I have always hated anti-fascists for this very reason. A lot of the time people who talk about not letting racists and fascists march; demonstrate, or make speeches do so because they don't want impressionable people to hear their hate. The other reason used is to protect those who are hated. In doing either of these things you are elevating yourself above the general public.
The answer to combating stupidity is to leave it alone. Let them parade their nonsense and laugh at it. Until there is a direct threat to minorities or your government seriously starts to make racist statements leave them to it.
Free speech really is a great thing and disgusting idiots should have it too. They will destroy themselves with it.