An article published Tuesday at the online left-wing Salon justified smashing police cars and destroying corporate property in Baltimore. Moreover, Benji Hart, the author of the article, said he does not advocate non-violence, “particularly in a moment like the one we currently face.”
“In the spirit and words of militant Black and Brown feminist movements from around the globe, I believe it is crucial that we see non-violence as a tactic, not a philosophy,” he wrote. “And when we see police cars being smashed and corporate property being destroyed, we should see reasonable responses to generations of extreme state violence, and logical decisions about what kind of actions yield the desired political results.”
Salon promoted the article with a tweet saying: “Burning police cars and destroying private property is a legitimate political strategy.” The tweet was sharply criticized by many who did not appreciate the message.
“Someone please send the rioters to the homes of @Salon staff,” one person said. “They’d be happy to participate in this strategy.”
“I bet they’d change their tune right quick,” one person said in response. “They’d be on their Smart Phones crying to their Mamas,” another person added.
“Maybe white conservatives should utilize this legitimate strategy now that you say it’s ok,” one Twitter critic posted. “You must be consulting with the Mayor of Baltimore,” another person tweeted. “She has the same strategy.”
Newsbusters’ Tim Graham said the article makes sense when one discovers that Bill Ayers is on Hart’s suggested reading list. He also noted wryly that liberals, including those in the so-called mainstream media, “would very much like to curtail conservative freedom of speech.”
It’s not the first time Salon has justified lawlessness and acts of domestic terrorism from angry liberals. Calling Salon a “liberal click-bait factory,” the Daily Caller said in early April the publication issued a tweet saying Memories Pizza deserved the death threats and threats of arson leveled against owners after saying they would not cater a gay wedding if asked.
“That anti-LGBT pizza shop in Indiana is getting exactly what it deserves,” Salon said in a tweet promoting a short article on the pizza shop. The tweet was deleted, but not before being captured for posterity.
In February 2011, we first said liberalism, at its core, is an ideology of rage and hate. Liberals, sadly, prove that assertion correct on just about any given day.