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Rescue workers assist people who were injured when a car drove through a group people at the rally.

I don’t support white supremacy (no, actually, I should say I don’t support RACIAL supremacy), but I support freedom of speech REGARDLESS of who is speaking. I don’t like it … I don’t want to hear it, but I defend your right to say it.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/12/virginia-unite-the-right-rally-protest-violence

So, in reading this, I keep thinking —

What would have happened if the anti-white supremacist protesters had been standing peacefully on the sidewalk with signs that simply said “We don’t agree with white supremacy”? Would there have been violence?

You have a right to disagree with someone else’s speech, but if your counter-protest is based on physical aggression, you’ve crossed a line that civil society should not cross. Unfortunately, this society has decided that it’s okay for some people to state their opinions loudly and aggressively, burn cars and beat up people, while others are supposed to run a gauntlet of counter protesters and put up with bottles and other objects of aggression being thrown at them.

http://www.theroot.com/why-haven-t-the-charlotte-va-police-responded-to-whi-1797778989

You can disagree with the message, but you don’t have any right to physically attack the messengers and when you take the authority unto yourself, you are the cause of the violence that follows.

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