The Huffington Post published a blog last night that advocates the unleashing of violence on the part of protesters opposed to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. Jesse Benn, a self-described "critical media studies researcher," argues for it in his post entitled, “Sorry Liberals, A Violent Response To Trump Is As Logical As Any.” Benn writes, “These denunciations of violence from anti-Trump protesters rest on the misguided view that the divide Trump’s exposed is a typical political disagreement between partisans, and should be handled as such. This couldn’t be further from the truth.”
“Whatever your personal beliefs regarding violent resistance… there’s an inherent value in forestalling Trump’s normalization. Violent resistance accomplishes this. In spite of this, such resistance is apparently more offensive and unacceptable to societal norms and liberal sensibilities than the nastiness being resisted in the first place."
"Amidst the hot takes and denunciations from liberals, they all seem to miss a few key points," said Benn. "First, they misplace the blame. Second, they misunderstand the desired outcome from violent resistance and those protesting Trump in general. And third, they ignore the history of successful violent insurrection in the US, instead favoring the elementary school version of history in which nonviolence is the only means of struggle that’s ever achieved a thing."
Defenders of First Amendment rights, who oppose violence at protests, do so because on the basis of their perceived privilege. “Some people have the privilege to consider the implications of Trump’s rise in the abstract and negotiate which means are necessary,” writes Benn. Progressive and leftist protesters have frequently denounced what they consider the "white privilege" of those who oppose movements such as Black Lives Matter, which emerged from the controversies ensuing from the killings of civilians, who they describe as innocent, by police.
“That’s not true for everyone,” Benn argues, however. “And when those who hold that privilege dismiss the potential validity or logic of violent resistance, it’s effectively an effort to dictate the rules under which oppressed peoples respond to existential threats…”
Benn, who describes himself as an "activist" between post-graduate programs, wrote approvingly of Emmet Rensin
: a writer at Vox who was suspended by the website for advocating violence at Trump rallies.
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