Mark Bray, who became an unofficial spokesperson for the movement after publishing “The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” said the donations will go to a fund that helps cover the legal, medical, and personal expenses of Antifa activists, Campus Reform reported.
In the book, Bray noted that the organization openly rejects the traditional interpretation of the Constitution’s First Amendment.
“At the heart of the anti-fascist outlook is a rejection of the classical liberal phrase incorrectly ascribed to Voltaire that ‘I disapprove of what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it,’” the professor wrote, noting further that “after Auschwitz and Treblinka, anti-fascists committed themselves to fighting to the death the ability of organized Nazis to say anything.”
Antifa and other far-Left groups claim that President Donald J. Trump is a fascist and racist, as are his supporters. As such, they have unilaterally claimed the right to use violence to shut down their ability to speak.
It’s unclear what Bray’s personal involvement is in Antifa. However, a recent profile of the professor in The Chronicle of Higher Education notes that he plans to donate half of his proceeds from the handbook to an unnamed fun that supports legal, medical, and personal expenses of Antifa activists.
As Politico reported in September, both the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI had referred to Antifa as “domestic terrorists.”
Dartmouth’s leadership released a statement in August distancing the school from him, claiming that “recent statements made by Lecturer in History Mark Bray supporting violent protest do not represent the views of Dartmouth. As an institution, we condemn anything but civil discourse in the exchange of opinions and ideas.”
“Dartmouth embraces free speech and open inquiry in all matters, and all on our campus enjoy the freedom to speak, write, listen and debate in pursuit of better learning and understanding; however, the endorsement of violence in any form is contrary to Dartmouth values,” the statement continued.
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But 17 Dartmouth professors subsequently undermined that statement, demanding that the president retract it and apologize Bray “exposing him to entirely predictable possibility of physical harm,” Campus Reform reported.
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