By Gucci Minh
On October 19th, Alt-Right figure head Richard Spencer was scheduled to give a speech to his supporters at the University of Central Florida. The people of Central Florida had other plans. As thousands of anti-fascist counter protesters filled the street to protect their community, the state of Florida was forced to pay $600,000 to cover the costs of security for the event. President of the University of Florida, Kent Fuchs justified this in the following statement:
“I fully understand freedom of speech cannot be burdened legally with the full cost of this, but on the other hand we’re being burdened. So taxpayers are subsidizing hate speech.“
The security measures were put in place to prevent yet another terrorist attack, such as that in Charlottesville where a Neo-nazi ran over a peaceful protester, Heather Heyer. Even with $600k in security, the authorities were still unable to prevent violence from breaking out. Three Neo-nazis from Texas, Colton Fears, William Fears, and Tyler Tenbrink, were arrested and charged with attempted murder Thursday Night after opening fire on unarmed antifascist protesters. The Gainesville Police Department statement on the incident reads:
“Shortly before 5:30 pm, it was reported that a silver Jeep stopped to argue with a group of protesters and began threatening, offering Nazi salutes and shouting chants about Hitler to the group that was near the bus stop. During the altercation, Tenbrink produced a handgun while the Fears brothers encouraged him to shoot at the victims. Tenbrink fired a single shot at the group which thankfully missed the group and struck a nearby building.”
How many more innocent people will be run over, stabbed, shot and beaten to death by the foot-soldiers of fascism before the American people demand a government that represents the people, and not ultra-nationalist White Supremacy. Anyone that doubts the intentions of Donald Trump, Richard Spencer and the rest of the alt-right needs only to look as far as the statements made by Alt-Right Corporation board member Jason Reza Jorjani, a personal friend and ally of President Trump:
“It’s gonna end with the expulsion of the majority of the migrants, including [Muslim] citizens. It’s gonna end with concentration camps and expulsions and war at the cost of a few hundred million people.”
““We will have a Europe, in 2050, where the bank notes have Adolf Hitler, Napoleon Bonaparte, Alexander the Great,” he continued. “And Hitler will be seen like that: like Napoleon, like Alexander, not like some weird monster who is unique in his own category — no, he is just going to be seen as a great European leader.”
Why are you allowing the taxes YOU pay to subsidize fascism? Homegrown right-wing, Christian extremism has taken more lives, and is a greater threat to the average American than Islamic extremism ever will be. Are you going to wait until your own friends and family members are being slaughtered in the streets? Are you going to wait until they’re disappearing under suspicious circumstances. Are you going to wait until you yourself are interned in a camp? Or are you going to join your local radical grassroots organizations that are fighting to save this country?
At times like these, it is worth remembering the words of Holocaust Survivor Martin Niemoller,
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”