[RICHARD] Is It Ever OK For a Man to Punch a Woman in the Face?
On Saturday, a man was throat punched by a woman as the two participated in a riot in Berkley, California. The man responded by punching the woman in the face. Was he justified in doing so?
Berkley, California seems to have emerged as ground zero for radical extremists on both sides of the Trump "debate." For the third time in recent months right and left wing protestors mixed it up in Berkley. Nearly two dozen people were arrested. Eleven rioters were injured, eight requiring hospital treatment. Weapons, including pepper spray, knives, blades, fireworks and more were deployed as demonstrations on both sides clashed repeatedly through out the day.
Saturday's "highlight reel" features video of a brawl in which a woman, no fan of Trump's, lands a throat punch on a man, described by local media as a Trump supporter. The man, identified as Nathan Damigo by CBS San Francisco, responds by planting a fist in the woman's face. The local CBS affiliate identifies the woman as Louise Rosealma.
What is important to note here is that CBS takes great pains to report that Damigo was given a dishonorable discharge after two tours in Iraq. How that is possible I am not quite sure but just by virtue of San Francisco standards I suppose serving in the military in itself is disgraceful behavior. The station also claims that Damigo is a self-proclaimed "white nationalist."
Equally important to note is that CBS San Francisco makes no mention of the fact that Rosealma attacked Damigo. It forgets to include that she is clad in the same black uniform donned by the alt-left radicals that attacked Damigo and his group as well as others in Berkley in recent months. Rosealma is made out to be a victim in all of this. CBS says since the riot Rosealma has, "received rape and murder threats on line." Lets gin up some sympathy for the poor lady who is just trying to defend us from that evil Donald Trump.
I do not endorse or support violence against women. I do not endorse or support violence against men. I do support a person's right to protect him or herself when under attack. It is clear by the video that went viral that Rosealma went to Berkley with the intent of provoking violence. She found what she was looking for.
Yes, sometimes it is ok for a man to punch a woman in the face. This was one of those times.
Editor's Note: Barry Richard is the afternoon host on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from Noon-3pm. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.