In light of the baffling resurgence of vocal white supremacy and neo-nazism in the United States, many of us have a natural tendency to delight in the culprits being made subject to violence, i.e. punching a nazi in the face. I can’t deny that I too enjoy footage of some nazi ass hole being vocal in public and taking a good one across the jaw. Unfortunately this is not the right way to fight them, at least not at this point in time. While these people are scum of the Earth, until their verbal content turns physical, the side of good should not initiate the violence. We can’t forget that nazis can punch back, and sinking to their level gives them the fuel and justification to. No one has ever realized they were on the wrong side of an argument by getting punched.
So how do we fight nazis in 2017? By exposing them, using the people’s media to identify them and make them known. After the recent events in Charlottesville, VA, some of the publicly identified white supremacists have lost jobs or cried like babies on camera in the face of what they consider persecution (lol). This is how we fight nazis. Go to their events armed with cell phone cameras. Photograph them, post their pictures, have the internet identify them (hopefully correctly), and let society handle it. Also effective is mocking them with humor or following their marches with a tuba playing carnival music.
I’m aware of the concern that many of these people come from places where their family, friends and bosses might not object to bigoted views. Being from Birmingham, AL, I am not far removed from these environments, though I thankfully never personally witness it. The thing is, these people and places are fighting a losing battle and they’re going to die off. The small rural towns where these attitudes remain prevalent are fading away. They are the last skeletons grasping that fictitious idea of white supremacy and a purer time of the past that accommodated to their superiority. It may not be at a fast enough pace, but they are crumbling to dust and will eventually be gone. I’m not delusional enough to think that racism will ever fully be eliminated, but I do think it’s strongest remaining relics will disappear into history on the losing side. They are fighting a battle they ultimately cannot win.