It started when a protester punched white separatist Richard Spencer in the face. Some described it as punching a Nazi in the face.
People on the control-left got a kick out of this video. Many of them began defending the violent act, justifying it because Richard Spenser is a Nazi. That’s it’s okay to punch someone in the face if they’re a Nazi.
Richard Spenser is not a Nazi. He is not a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. That organization was pulverized and cast into the trash heap of history long before he was ever born. He’s an attention whore with a bad haircut. He enjoys expressing outrageous, racist opinions to get attention.
Nazis were real people. They waged war in Europe from 1939 to 1945. They exterminated over six million Jews. Nazis were responsible for the death and misery of real people. When you compare asshats like Richard Spenser to the Nazis, you’re dishonoring Nazi victims. You should never compare anyone to a Nazi other than an actual Nazi.
Just because you don’t like someone for their political views, doesn’t mean you get to label them a Nazi. Pick another word because that one is already taken, probably long before you were born.
If you want to punch a Nazi in the face, You’re too late. They’re gone. If you want to be a puncher of Nazis, you should have been born in the 1920s. You then would have been able to join the U.S. Army, hop in a Higgens boat, and hit the beaches of Normandy, France. If you could get past all the artillery fire, the machine gun nests, and the bodies of your friends, you could then punch all the Nazis you want.
You’d want to shoot them because they would be trying to shoot you. After all, it’s World War Two and they’re Nazis.
Unless you’re able to change time and space, you can’t punch a Nazi in the face. You could punch someone like Richard Spenser in the face, but that’s not the same thing as punching a Nazi. Don’t pretend for a second that he’s a real Nazi and that you’re a Nazi puncher. At most, he’s a cosplay Nazi, albeit not a very good one.
Richard Spenser is no more a real Nazi than that middle-aged guy at Comic-Con wearing a Wonder Woman costume is an Amazon princess with superhuman strength. He’s not Wonder Woman. He’s just a guy dressed up like Wonder Woman.
A person can espouse racist views and call for a separation of people based on the color of their skin. That doesn’t make them a member of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.