I get frustrated when I see good energy being poured into something I see as utterly unproductive.
We could be discussing other ways to remedy or prevent the violence and oppression that Nazis (and many other kinds of bigots that are more socially acceptable) are actively committing and planning against large numbers of people.
In the past week, we've had several reminders that our police can apparently shoot black men with impunity. (That is, those black men lucky enough not to be already languishing in prisons, many of which are operated for profit.)
The DACA recipients are still in limbo.
Trump's transgender military ban is back.
But instead we keep discussing the handful of punches that have actually landed on Nazis.
Staying focused on those few incidents just reinforces the notion that bad things that happen to straight, white guys matter WAY more than many worse things that happened to, and will continue to happen to, many members of racial, religious, gender, and sexual minorities.
Yes, Nazis are real, and they do (and plan to do) a lot of real harm to a lot of real people. They are, after all, founded on murder and mayhem and the violent subjugation of several groups of people to another.
However, there are very few situations in which punching a Nazi is going to remedy or prevent that harm. And even fewer in which the Nazi-puncher won't give Nazi supporters the kind of "see, when we're violent, we're just acting in self-defense" excuse they long for.
And now I've become the very thing I was complaining about, and have spent an hour discussing Nazi-punching instead of doing something else. Sigh....
What would a Nazi bring to ST's potluck?
Punch, of course.
(Probably with a turd floating in it.)