The Illinois State Senate met on Sunday to pass a resolution labeling neo-Nazi groups as terrorists and asking Illinois police to do the same. Their actions come in the wake of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA., where 20 year-old neo-Nazi supporter James Alex Fields Jr. drove his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing 32 year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others.
Illinois Senator Don Harmon (D), who sponsored the measure, stated that he felt it was important to stand against the people whose hateful ideologies we’ve fought so hard to eradicate:
It is vital that we stand in total opposition to the hatred, bigotry and violence displayed by the white nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in Charlottesville this past weekend. They are the heirs to the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis. We fought two bloody wars in opposition to their ideologies. We must continue to fight those same twisted ideologies today.
Many who responded to the actions taken by the Illinois Senate were supportive of the resolution, and were quick to point out that groups like Black Lives Matter and antifa, who conservatives have said should also be labeled terrorist organizations, do not have a history of killing millions of people in the name of political oppression.
Since our so-called president won’t call out white supremacists for what they are – terrorists – we need everyone else to.
— Kim Robertson (@kimberlyrobo) August 14, 2017
As a terror organization they wouldn’t be able to get a permit for public rallies. Shout out for Illinois!
— David Brody Millard (@Gigasrex) August 14, 2017
Good for Illinois. Will BLM and Antifa be slapped with the same label?
— TR (@dryheevz) August 14, 2017
For everyone say BLM should be as well. BLM hasn’t been credited with killed over 8,000 people since the 60s.
— davidapplaman (@madevilfish) August 14, 2017
What does a group that protests Americans being killed by police got to do with flag-carrying Nazis ? This is a complete #falseequivalency
— yegalberta (@albertayeg) August 14, 2017
According to Merriam-Webster, the legal definition of terrorism is this:
the unlawful use or threat of violence especially against the state or the public as a politically motivated means of attack or coercion.
The events that were organized and sanctioned by neo-Nazi, white nationalist organizations in Charlottesville over the weekend would definitely fit that definition. It is important that we start holding these hate groups accountable for the actions of their members during group sanctioned rallies and demonstrations. Feigning shock when people like James Fields act on the hateful rhetoric that these groups spew to their followers is ludicrous at best.
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