From: Hank Ashmore
The Deplorable Infidel
ANTIFA IN AMERICA
(Continued from: https://tolleystopics.com/2019/07/05/food-for-thought-50/ )
“Antifa” is an umbrella term for a loose collection of groups, networks and individuals. Since it is composed of autonomous groups, and thus has no formal organization or membership, it is impossible to know how many groups are active. Antifa groups either form loose support networks, such as NYC Antifa, or operate independently. Activists typically organize protests via social media and through websites and email lists. Some activists have built peer-to-peer networks, or use encrypted-texting services like Signal. According to Salon, it is an organizing strategy, not a group of people. While its numbers cannot be estimated accurately, the movement has grown since the 2016 presidential election and approximately 200 groups currently exist in the U.S., of varying levels of engagement. The activist involved subscribe to a range of ideologies, typically on the left and they include anarchists, socialist and communists along with some liberals and social democrats.
According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at the California State University, San Bernardino, antifa activist participate in violent actions because “they believe that elites are controlling the government and the media. So they need to make a statement head-on against the people who they regard as racists.” According to Mark Bray, Dartmouth College historian, the adherents “reject turning to the police or the state to halt the advance of white supremacy. Instead they advocate popular opposition to fascism as we witnessed in Charlottesville.”
According to Columnist Peter Beinart, antifa activist “try to publicly identify white supremacists and get them fired from their jobs and evicted from their apartments”, in addition to disrupting white supremacist rallies, including by force. According to a Washington Post book review, antifia tactics include “no platforming” , i.e. denying their targets platforms from which to speak; obstructing their events and defacing their propaganda; and when antifa activists deem it necessary, deploying violence to deter them. According to National Public Radio, “people who speak for the Antifa movement acknowledge they sometimes carry clubs and sticks” and their “approach is confrontational”. CNN describes antifa as “known for causing damage to property during protests”. Scott Crow, described by CNN as “a longtime Antifa organizer”, argues that destroying is not a form of violence. The groups have been associated with physical violence in public against police, the conservative media, and against people whose political views its activists deem repugnant. Antifa activists used clubs and dyed liquids against the white supremacists in Charlottesville and caused property damage. In one incident, an apparent antifa supporter punched white supremacist Richard Spencer in the face as he was giving an impromptu street interview, and on another occasion, some threw Molotov cocktails in Berkeley, California.
Antifa actions have been subject criticism from Republicans, Democrats, and political commentators in the U.S. media. Then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi condemned the violence of antifa activists in Berkeley on August 29, 2017. Conservative talk show host on Fox News Laura Ingraham suggested labeling antifa as a terrorist organization. Noam Chomsky described them as “a major gift to the right”. Dissent editor Michael Kazin stated “Non-leftist often see the left as a disruptive, lawless force. Violence tends to confirm that view.”
On the other hand, historian and political organizer Mark Bray has said “Given the historical and current threat that white supremacist and fascist groups pose, it’s clear to me that organized, collective self defense is not only a legitimate response, but lamentably an all-to-necessary response to this threat on too many occasions.”
The Anti-Defamation League stated that “All forms of antifa violence are problematic. Images of these ‘free speech’ protesters being beaten by black-clad and bandana-masked antifa provide right wing extremists with a powerful propaganda tool” but goes on to state “that said, it is important to reject attempts to claim equivalence between antifa and the white supremacist groups they oppose.”
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WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
“If our country is to survive and prosper, we must summon the courage to condemn and reject the liberal agenda, and we had better do it soon.” – Walter Williams
AN OPINION FROM THE DEPLORABLE
Neither antifa or the white supremacists have any place in our society.
A SIMPLE TRUTH FOR TODAY
Every wonder why A, E, I,O, and U are the vowels? You do not use your tongue to say them.