Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz joined Fox & Friends on Tuesday. Dershowitz cautions those on the left of calling Antifa members “heroes” for destroying Confederate monuments.
“They use violence. Just because they are opposed to fascism and to some of these monuments, should not make them heroes of the liberals,” Dershowitz says.
“Do not glorify the violent people who are now tearing down the statues. Many of these people, not all of them, many of these people are trying to tear down America. Antifa is a radical, anti-America, anti-free market, communist, socialist, hard left sensorial organization that tries to stop speakers on campuses from speaking,” he adds.
He draws parallels to past communists he attempted to rewrite history for political purposes.
“The idea of willy nilly going through and doing what Stalin did, just erasing history and rewriting it to serve current purposes does pose a danger. And it poses a danger of education malpractice,” Dershowitz states.
The Harvard professor notes that there is a harmful intimidating message of the statues added during the civil rights movement. However, he fears destroying them, rather than moving them to museums for educational purposes, will cause a slippery slope.
“Of course there is a danger of going too far,” Dershowitz says. “There is a danger of removing Washington and Jefferson and other Founding Fathers who themselves owned slaves.”
He clarifies that he is not drawing a moral equivalence between Antifa and the white supremacists. However, leaders on both sides, he says, must call out all violence and bigotry whenever they see it.
Professor Dershowitz concludes, “I’m a liberal, and I think it’s the obligation of liberals to speak out against the hard left radicals, just like it’s the obligation of conservatives to speak out against the extremism of the hard right.”