Why are reporters from the N.Y. Times and other media outlets using the term “left-wing” to describe people who oppose racists of all kinds, Nazis, anti-Semites, anti-LGBTQs, christian fascists, and other hate-mongers?
Isn’t it the American way to denounce these forms of inhumanity? Isn’t the American creed about pursuing liberty, justice, and happiness on the foundation of equality of opportunity and equal treatment under the law? This stuff is not “left-wing.” This stuff is mainstream America, at least in aspiration if not always in fact during U.S. history.
By making this a “left” and “right” contest, the media and public commentators are guilty of shallow analysis and buying in to the framing preferred by white supremacists and religious extremists who want this to be left-right, whatever those terms mean these days. The white nationalist power fanatics believe the Republican Party faithful will jump to support anything framed as anti-liberal, anti-left, anti-Obama, and even the tired accusation of “communist” that was heard in Charlottesville. They want this to be a political fight and not about human decency.
The divisions played out in the starkly different responses across the [Republican] party after Mr. Trump insisted that left-wing counterprotesters were as culpable as neo-Nazis and white supremacists for the bloodshed in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend. (N. Y. Times, 8-17-17)