A protest in downtown Durham on Monday night left a statue of a Confederate soldier erected nearly a century ago crumpled on the ground.So who were the "protesters?" Bet you recognize some of the names:
Sheriff’s deputies recorded the event but did not intervene as a protester climbed a ladder and slipped a yellow, bungie-like cord around the soldier’s head and arm and a group pulled the cord.
The statue did a somersault, collapsing against the stone pedestal in front of the old county courthouse on East Main Street.
Protesters cheered and started to kick the crumpled mass.
Groups at the rally included members of the Triangle People’s Assembly, Workers World Party, Industrial Workers of the World, Democratic Socialists of America and the antifa movement.You know, the people who loved the people who ran the gulags. And they're taking names, brother:
“This is a really an opportunity, this moment of Charlottesville to see what side of history we are choosing to side with,” [Eva] Panjwani said. “This is not a call to make someone to feel guilty or ashamed. This is a call to say this is an ask from people of color to say which side are you on.”Eva Panjwani is on the right in this picture, holding the megaphone. I'll bet her side is a lot of fun:
|Alles klar, fraulein commissar|
So what happens if you're a person of color and you're on the wrong side? That question does not get asked. Of course, these worthies will tell you:
Some of the protesters started to yell at sheriff’s officials standing on the steps of the old courthouse recording, and then Durham police officers blocking the street.It would be great if the mouth breathers of the alt-right crawled back under their rocks and stayed there. Really, it would. Lucky Pierre and his pals are no better, though. Faulkner wasn't done:
Pierre Faulkner waved a sign in front of them that said “cops and clan go hand in hand” on one side and “Black Lives Matter smash white supremacy” on the other.
“If y’all aren’t going to help us, we are going to help each other,” said Faulkner, 27, a student at Durham Technical Community College. “You understand that. Do you understand that? You look like you voted for Donald Trump.”
“The message that they are trying to explain to these police is it doesn’t matter about your skin color. Everybody is one person. Everybody should be treated equally,” he said. “They’re standing out here with guns and bullet proof vests. We have no weapons. This is a peaceful protest. All we want is our voice to be heard.”That's crap, of course. Peaceful people don't vandalize and don't go around smashing anything. Pierre wants his voice to be heard, but anyone else's voice is less important. Pierre's problem is simple -- we've heard what he's had to say. He's not saying anything different than the Wobblies had on offer a century ago. And when the Left gains control, the people aren't empowered, but the self-appointed leaders eventually have excellent bankrolls elsewhere.
We should have no illusions. None of this is about justice, or making the world a better place. It's all about power. If you want angry people with megaphones to run the world, by all means run to their banner. Just know they don't give a shit about you.