When defending free speech becomes “white supremacy”
Having lost most of their political power, Democrats are desperately wielding their not inconsiderable social and cultural power. From colleges and universities to statues and flags, the regressive left is demonstrating an alarming anti-American sentiment that threatens to undermine not just our nation’s history but its very fabric.
Case in point: Californian leaders, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D), have adamantly opposed a rally organized by the Patriot Prayer group on the grounds that it is “alt right” and “white supremacist.” The problem, however, is that of the speakers scheduled to speak, only one was white. Indeed, the group’s leader is neither white nor “alt right.”
KTVU reported earlier this week:
Most people have not heard of the group Patriot Prayer until recently. The group claims to be for those who believe in free speech, love, freedom and truth. But from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and other local politicians, there has been strong condemnation for the group’s planned rally for Crissy Field this Saturday, August 26 in San Francisco.
KTVU spoke with the Patriot Prayer rally’s organizer Joey Gibson on Wednesday ahead of the event. Gibson says he’s being unfairly portrayed by politicians as a white supremacist and that that’s also not the demographic his group is trying to cater to.
Gibson says he’s absolutely not a white supremacist. “I’m Japanese. We have three black speakers, a couple Hispanic, an atheist, a transsexual. We’re extremely diverse. It’s really irresponsible for the leaders to call me a white supremacist. It’s completely unfounded.”
Watch Joey Gibson of Patriot Prayer explain this on Tucker:
Saturday’s Patriot Prayer rally was cancelled by Gibson.
Protesters opposing a right-wing gathering in liberal San Francisco claimed victory Saturday when the event was cancelled after city officials walled off a city park — a move that the event’s organizer said was more about silencing his group’s message than preventing a violent clash.
Civic leaders in San Francisco — a cradle of the free speech movement that prides itself on its tolerance — repeatedly voiced concerns that the event organized by Patriot Prayer would lead to a clash with counter-demonstrators.
Joey Gibson, who is Japanese American and leads Patriot Prayer, said his group disavows racism and hatred and wanted to promote dialogue with people who may not share its views. He cancelled a planned rally Saturday at a field under the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge after he said his members received anonymous threats on social media and feared civic leaders and law enforcement would fail to protect them.
He said Saturday in a phone interview that he felt like San Francisco’s Democratic leaders had shut him down. Earlier in the week, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee raised concerns that Patriot Prayer would attract hate speech and potential violence. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, a fellow Democrat who represents San Francisco, called the planned rally a “white supremacist” event.
Black-bloc- and antifa-backing Democrats don’t care if the intent of Patriot Prayer is peaceful, that the agenda is most assuredly and clearly not “white supremacist,” or even that these Democrat leaders are essentially and very publicly calling for the restriction of the First Amendment rights of Americans who do not agree with them.
In their hysterical efforts to block the Patriot Prayer’s rally, they either didn’t bother to find out what the group was about and who would be speaking or they did know and didn’t care. They have apparently decided that free speech rallies by anyone, including non-whites, are automatically “white supremacist,” and this is alarming.
Counter-protesters were elated to have “them” “on the run” and chirped gleefully about their brand-new “social movement” and its victory against “hate,” a “hate” they completely fabricated.
Counterprotesters were keeping tabs on the fluid situation, responding to the change of plans by posting antihate posters at the new gathering site and vowing to turn up Saturday wherever the Patriot Prayer group landed.
“We’ve got them on the run, that’s for sure, but they’re still holding an event,” said Yvette Felarca, an organizer with the left-wing activist group By Any Means Necessary. “We’re still calling for everyone to come out.”
. . . . an organizer of the Berkeley rally, Amber Cummings, said in a rambling email Friday that she was urging people not to show up, because she feared violence by counterprotesters.
“It will be me alone attending, no one else please,” Cummings said. “In the event I am hurt or killed attending this rally, I ask you to please not retaliate on each other as a result of my injuries. Let my life be the last one lost.”
Prior to the cancellation of the Crissy Field rally, San Francisco and Berkeley officials urged residents opposed to the right-wing events to send a message by joining together for peaceful gatherings in locations far from the rallies. Many such demonstrations are planned this weekend.
“Y’all know that some people are coming tomorrow to our city,” Lee said outside City Hall on Friday, as hundreds of people gathered, stopping traffic on the street. It was a preview of a much larger counter-rally scheduled for the space Saturday.
Lee was joined by other top city and state Democratic leaders, including Wiener and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough. Nearly two dozen men and women from the Glide Ensemble, wearing rainbow shirts and holding “Unite Against Hate” signs, sang gospel music.
“We are at the forefront of every new social movement,” Speier said of San Francisco. “Hate will not infect us and become a cancer in this city. Love will win.”
By painting with broad brush all Americans who are not progressive or sufficiently “woke,” Democrats are actively encouraging a deeply unsettling and potentially dangerous level of unhinged hatred not toward the relatively small number of neo-Nazis and KKK members that do exist in this country but toward the majority of America’s population.
Those of us not associated with the KKK or neo-Nazis and who ejected these types from Tea Party events are simply labeled “white nationalist,” “alt-right,” and/or “white supremacist.” As such, we are deemed walking “hate” and are lumped in with actual white supremacists; therefore, any false charge can be made and any degree of violence deemed necessary can be applied to suppress and silence us. You know, as the antifa and assorted leftist lunatics spread the love.DONATE
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