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(en) [US] Cornel West: "If it were not for the anarchists and the antifascists, they would have crushed us" By ANA (ca, fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 27 Aug 2017 08:27:54 +0300

In the wake of the recent clashes in Charllotesville, Virginia, involving extreme-right demonstrators, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and counter-demonstrators, black activist and philosopher Cornel West gave an interview to the Democracy Now! Program led by journalist Amy Goodman. The following is an excerpt from the interview. ---- There was a group of brave students of all colors who were at the University of Virginia protesting against the neo-Fascists. The neo-fascists had their own weapons. And this is a very important thing to keep in mind because the police, for the most part, backed down. The next day, for example, the 20 of us who were standing there, many of them from the clergy, would have been crushed as cockroaches had it not been for the anarchists and the antifascists who approached, some 300 or 350 antifascists. We were 20. And we were singing " This Little Light of Mine ". You know what I mean? So that ...

The antifascists, and soon, something crucial, the anarchists, because in fact they saved our life. We would have been crushed completely, and I will never forget it. What does this mean? What it means is that the police were stepping back, that on the one hand, so we would not even have been arrested. We were there to be arrested. We would not have been arrested because the police had withdrawn, leaving the fellow citizens to attack each other, with all the consequences that could be derived from this.

So, in this sense, I think what we are really seeing, Sister Amy, is the decline of the American empire, with the reign of great fortunes, with massive militarism, facilitated by the use of the most vulnerable as scapegoats: immigrants, Muslims, Jews, Arabs, gays, lesbians, trans and bisexuals, and black people. White supremacy was so intense. I've never seen that kind of hate in my life. We stood there, and passed nine units, staring straight into our eyes. Insulting us too. They were lucky that the Holy Spirit did not abandon me, to be honest, because he wanted to let me go. I'm a Christian, but not a pacifist, you know? But I restrained myself. However, this kind of hate ... but this is only the place of the conflict. This is about the great fortunes of the arms industry, And the way in which this capitalist civilization is leading us into incredible darkness and desolation. And the most beautiful thing is to see people fight against it. It was a beautiful thing to see all these people answering. But there were more fascists than anarchists, more fascists than people responding.

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