To the Left, no behavior is too outrageous, improper or uncalled for when done in defense of progressive goals, even if it includes putting other people’s lives in danger.
When armed white supremacists showed up in Charlottesville, Va., recently to protest the removal of a Confederate monument honoring the South’s top general, Robert E. Lee, they were met by armed members of Left-wing authoritarian groups like Antifa. The violence that ensued was not only predictable but, in some quarters desired and even justified.
Following the incident, President Donald J. Trump noted — correctly — that there were extremists in both camps, and thus both were to blame for the violence and death that occurred. For that, he was savaged by some of the Left-wing lunatics in the media, the Democratic Party and among the ranks of RINOs for daring to speak the truth. Leftist violence is always okay, you see, whether it is done in opposition to white supremacy or simply because a conservative attempts to speak on a college campus.
What’s also allowable if you’re a Left-winger is taking “justice” into your own hands by “outing” your political opponents — so they can be further harangued, threatened and possibly even attacked.
Even if you out the wrong person.
As reported by The Daily Caller, that’s precisely what happened to a University of Arkansas professor misidentified as a white supremacist who attended the Charlottesville protest:
… University of Arkansas professor Kyle Quinn was over 1,000 miles away in Bentonville, Arkansas Friday night with his wife while having dinner and viewing an art exhibition, but left-wing zealots claimed he marched with a white supremacist in Charlottesville at the time.
Shortly after the protest, Quinn woke up one Saturday morning to find that Internet “social justice warriors” were claiming he was one of dozens of neo-Nazis who were at the protest and subsequent riot. Having incorrectly identified him from video footage, they then posted it as “fact” all over social media along with his name and other private information, and accusations he was a racist.
The DC reported:
The error apparently arose because there was an individual at the riot wearing an “Arkansas Engineering” t-shirt, and Quinn happens to teach in the faculty.
In addition, the man identified in the video sports a beard that looks similar to the one Quinn wears.
And with that evidence alone, the cybermob was unleashed.
The professor was inundated with a massive amount of vulgar commentary, profanity and assorted ugliness on his Twitter and Instagram accounts. In addition to labeling him a racist, posters also demanded that the university fire him.
His address was even posted online, causing him to flee for his safety and stay overnight with a friend.
“You have celebrities and hundreds of people doing no research online, not checking facts,” Quinn told The New York Times. “I’ve dedicated my life to helping all people, trying to improve health care and train the next generation of scientists, and this is potentially throwing a wrench in that.” (Related: The ‘mainstream’ media is stoking hatred and division by calling for MORE violence against patriotic Americans.)
The incident highlights the dangers of a fairly recent social media phenomenon called “doxxing” — putting out someone’s “documents” on the Internet identifying who they are, where they work, their home address, and any other collaborating information. It’s a tactic that not only endangers reputations and careers, but also lives. Whoever is “doxxed” is instantly declared guilty by the cybermob, without trial and without any explanation, much like a very public suspension of habeas corpus.
The Daily Caller reported that Mark Popejoy, who is also a resident of Bentonville, attempted to correct the record and reach the cybermob via Twitter, but he was simply ignored; the Left-wing zealots would not be calmed or reasoned with.
“I think it’s dangerous just to go out accusing people without any kind of confirmation of who they are,” Popejoy told The New York Times. “It can ruin people’s lives.”
Or end them.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.