Ever since the nation has risen up against the alt-right following the series of events that left 1 dead and 19 injured in Charlottesville, VA this weekend, the alt-right has been scrambling to distance itself from the terrorist attack.
The terrorist himself, they say, was acting on his own; in contrast, the alt-right groups present were holding a peaceful and legal rally. Obviously, this line of thinking is utterly ridiculous, as the people who organized and fanned the flames of the event must be held accountable for the results of the toxic and disgusting ideology they champion. Whether or not the terrorist was a card-carrying member of one of these groups is irrelevant; the fact remains that they enabled him through this rally.
James Alex Fields Jr. is the terrorist in question. To call him anything besides “terrorist” would be a disservice to the people he killed and injured. If Trump and the alt-right want to use that word so freely in instances of terrorism committed by Islamic extremist groups overseas, than it ought to be applied to racist lunatics in the United States as well.
After all, there can be no other way to describe the man who drove his Dodge Challenger as fast as he could into a crowd of innocent and peaceful people, tragically ending the life of a 32 year-old woman.
Many on the alt-right have claimed that this terrorist wasn’t affiliated with them, and that their messages did not inspire his crime. Vanguard America, the group with whom he had posed earlier in the day, claimed that “the driver of the vehicle that hit counter-protesters today was, in no way, a member of Vanguard America,” despite the fact the Fields had been wearing their uniform earlier in the day.
Many conservatives simply called it “escalated violence”; Donald Trump called it an issue with “many sides.” All of these people tried to paint Fields as anything but a member of the alt-right, but unfortunately for them, the evidence exists that his attack was motivated by that movement.
One woman who attended school with Mr. Fields said that the signs of his violent and racist tendencies have been around since a young age. She spoke anonymously to the New York Times out of fear that someone in the alt-right might attack her, but claimed that Mr. Fields ““wasn’t afraid to make you feel unsafe,” and that “on many occasions there were times he would scream obscenities, whether it be about Hitler or racial slurs.”
These actions, racist epithets and violent threats all from the mouth of a young James Alex Fields Jr. make it fairly clear that he has held neo-Nazi beliefs in his heart for a long time.
One of his teachers called his obsession with Nazi history something that fields took to “another level,” and described one of Fields’ essays as “very much along the party lines of the neo-Nazi movement.” Make no mistake: this man has been a neo-Nazi for a long time.
That is what motivated his terrorist attack in Charlottesville, and any attempt by the alt-right or President Trump to label this anything besides a neo-Nazi terrorist attack is an attempt to deflect and deny this truth.
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Source: New York Times