(National Sentinel)Â Civil Discourse: We’ve been saying for months that the Alt-Left, embodied in groups like Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and the “Occupy” movement, are theÂ real haters in today’s society.
As documented byÂ Zero Hedge, a number of “mainstream” media outlets reported over the weekend that Antifa thugs showed up to violently oppose “peaceful right-wing demonstrators” (that quote is actually part of aÂ Washington Post headline).
The Post noted:
Their faces hidden behind black bandannas and hoodies, about 100 anarchists and antifa – â€œanti-fascistâ€ – members barreledÂ into a protest SundayÂ afternoon in Berkeleyâ€™s Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park.
Jumping over plastic and concrete barriers, the group melted into a larger crowd of around 2,000 that had marched peacefully throughout the sunny afternoon for a â€œRally Against Hateâ€ gathering.
Shortly after, violence began to flare. A pepper-spray-wielding Trump supporter was smacked to the ground with homemade shields. Another wasÂ attacked by five black-clad antifa members, each windmilling kicks and punches into a man desperately trying to protect himself. A conservative group leaderÂ retreatedÂ for safetyÂ behind a line of riot police as marchers chucked water bottles, shot off pepper spray and screamed, â€œFascist go home!â€
The Post and the AP were not the only ones to report truthfully on just who was committing the violence.Â Well known Bay Area TV personality, Frank Somerville – KTVU anchor – took to Facebook this weekend to explain what happened to him when he took a day trip to Berkeley.
This is him:
My wife told me I’m going to get crucified by posting this. I told her I didn’t care. This is what happened. This is what I saw. This is what I experienced. This is the truth. Period.
If people don’t want to hear the truth thats not my problem. I have no agenda. Im just saying that this is what happened to me today, think about it. And make your own decision.
I experienced hate first hand today… It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley.
Ironically they were all chanting about NO hate.
Some had shields and gloves. Some had helmets. Some had gas masks.
I was watching them and taking it all in. I came there on my own time. Because I wanted to see things first hand. I was dressed in shorts and a tank top.
At one point I took out my phone to take a picture. And that’s when it all happened. (And just to be clear they were playing for the cameras in front but I was toward the back. And since there were already so many people taking their picture I didn’t think it would be an issue.)Â
I took these two pictures and afterward they started screaming at me. I thought for sure they were going to attack. I was just waiting for it. I wasn’t scared.
Â But I stayed calm even though I thought this may not end well for me. Here’s how the conversation went (and as you’re reading this keep in mind that they were yelling at me and their words were filled with venom, anger, hate and intolerance.)
There’s just no other way to describe it. I was stunned.
Them: Hey! No pictures or we’ll take your phone!!! (At that point I’d already taken these shots)
Me (In calm voice): You’re on public property and I can take a picture if I want to.
Them: Oh so you’re a big man with a camera?
Me: No I just wanted to take a picture and talk with you.
Them (rushing toward me): We outnumber you and we will take your camera!
Me: You’re not going to take my camera and you’re not going to tell me what to do. Why can’t we just have a respectful conversation. (I then touched one of them on her hand to say it’s okay I just want to talk)
Them: Don’t touch me!!
Me: I’m not trying to do anything. I just want to try to understand and have a respectful conversation.
Them: We’ll block your shot!!!
Me: That’s fine. All I wanted to do was have a conversation.
Them: Now is not the time. (In fairness he was the one person who was respectful)
Then as I started to walk away a woman started screaming at me saying: We’re not interested in talking to you!! We’re not interested in talking to you!!
I walked away stunned. I grew up in Berkeley. I marched in anti-war protests during the sixties.
Its one thing to read about HATE, It’s another thing to be right next to it.
Afterward I was talking to several other protesters. (Not dressed in black)
One of them actually stood up for me as the people dressed in black were threatening me. I was touched. They were just as disappointed as I was. They said that the people dressed in black represent a small minority and that they “hijack” the protests.
And I agree. MOST of the people out there today in Berkeley were non-violent.
They were there for the cause. They just wanted to come out and stand up against hate. I totally support them. But I do not support extremists, whether they are on the right or the left.
Hate is hate. And I experienced it first hand today. It was sad to see.
For the record, many of the responses to his post demonstrated the level of disconnect between Americans today over what does, and does not, constitution actually hate. Many wanted Somerville to “pick a side” and chided him for describing what he saw as “hate” when it was really just good people trying to stand up for what’s right.
Well, Somerville has picked a side — the side of humanity. And for the record, here’s a photo of his daughter with a couple of her best friends:
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