The Rise of the Violent Left
Antifa’s activists say they’re battling burgeoning authoritarianism on the American right. Are they fueling it instead?
Antifa believes it is pursuing the opposite of authoritarianism. Many of its activists oppose the very notion of a centralized state. But in the name of protecting the vulnerable, antifascists have granted themselves the authority to decide which Americans may publicly assemble and which may not. That authority rests on no democratic foundation. Unlike the politicians they revile, the men and women of antifa cannot be voted out of office. Generally, they don’t even disclose their names.
Antifa’s perceived legitimacy is inversely correlated with the government’s. Which is why, in the Trump era, the movement is growing like never before. As the president derides and subverts liberal-democratic norms, progressives face a choice. They can recommit to the rules of fair play, and try to limit the president’s corrosive effect, though they will often fail. Or they can, in revulsion or fear or righteous rage, try to deny racists and Trump supporters their political rights. From Middlebury to Berkeley to Portland, the latter approach is on the rise, especially among young people.
Revulsion, fear, and rage are understandable. But one thing is clear. The people preventing Republicans from safely assembling on the streets of Portland may consider themselves fierce opponents of the authoritarianism growing on the American right. In truth, however, they are its unlikeliest allies.
Take down ‘racist’ Theodore Roosevelt statue, activists tell New York museum
Protesters gather at the American Museum of Natural History to demand the removal of the statue and issue an urgent call to rename Columbus Day
Hundreds of activists gathered at the American Museum of Natural History on Monday to take down the “racist” statue of Theodore Roosevelt and an urgent call to rename Columbus Day.
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So early this morning, I read something that was shared on a Facebook group I belong to (very diverse group of thinkers). Someone (a staunch Liberal) posted a HuffPo article about the Black Lives Matter, why it began, and how it isn’t a racist, hate group. After reading it, I sat down and started putting my thoughts together.
This is what came out of my head and I left out A LOT of thoughts, material, and history. Anyway, I hope at least some of you will take the time to read it. Here it is
What I’m going to say may be long, but I hope some of you will take the time to read it like I read this HuffPo article.
As a “woman of color” (I fucking LOATHE identity politics and sub groups of sub groups) this is what I think of Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, White Lives Matter, Neo-Nazis, KKK, Skinheads, White Supremacists, White Nationalists, etc. I have been on this planet for almost half a century. I was born AFTER the civil rights movement and after civil rights laws were passed under a VERY RACIST POTUS Johnson. In my first 30-35 years of life, things were peaceful. People co-existed and mixed (figuratively and literally). For a time, MOST people didn’t see color of skin. People were more focused on the content of one’s character REGARDLESS OF RACE. Somewhere in the last 15 yrs or so (especially in the past 8 yrs), we are BACK TO SKIN COLOR. Those people who fought HARD in the last century to be seen BEYOND their skin color like MLK, Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, and even Cesar Chavez are looking down on the ashes of their legacies with deep disappointment.
WHEN does the back-peddling to segregation stop? It’s disgusting to see it happening. At first it was little things at first. It was done in ways that EVERYONE would support like Affirmative Action. Then the immigration policies changed so drastically we would come across as saviors of the world. MASS IMMIGRATION with NO REGARD for the citizens of this country. Let’s not forget that SUDDENLY you had a First Lady of the United States, Hillary Clinton, begin calling black people, albeit criminals, “super predators”. Then we decided to play world police and insert ourselves in business that wasn’t ours. I haven’t even bothered to mention the unprecedented influx of illicit drugs into our country over the last 40-50 years, but truly aided BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT in the last 30-35 years, but I digress. Once we decided to go into a region of the world that HISTORICALLY hated Western civilization, it created a whole new set of problems and then we got 9/11. After that, FOR A SHORT TIME, we were a country UNITED once more…briefly. It was after this that WE ALL let down our guard. Within a few years, during Bush 41′s presidency, we saw a rise in mostly Islamic terrorism, but also a huge uptick in RACIAL violence from MANY sub-groups. Then came Obama and BLM was born and politically charged rhetoric and political correctness was put on SUPER PEDs (performance enhancing drugs). We went from the TRUE feminist movement of the 60s and 70s to the ANTI-MEN Neo-Feminism of the millennium. We went from the LGB Community (which was pretty out and proud by the mid to late 90s) to the LGBTQABCD (I know the last 4 letters aren’t actually part of the acronym, but probably will be soon enough. Then we went even further in the last 8 years. We were FORCED to share bathrooms with TG men if you’re a female and TG women if you’re a male. To take it even a step further, the last administration was trying to force OUR CHILDREN to do the same so we can promote “inclusivity”.
Fast forward to 2016/2017. We have BLACK Lives Matter, ANTIFA, and the great PPP (PINK PUSSY PATROL), black Harvard graduates wanting a SEGREGATED commencement (in addition to regular commencement), wanting religion (Christianity) completely removed from all public institutions like city, state, and federal governments to ensure a true secular society, YET we advocate for Muslims to BE ALLOWED to pray 5 times a day and that the Muslim call to prayer is sounded on the campuses of our supposedly secular public universities. For fuck’s sake, there are even people ACTUALLY ADVOCATING for the CHRISTIAN CROSS or CRUCIFIX to be removed from CHRISTIAN OR CATHOLIC universities! When does the insanity end?
So here we are…nearly the middle of August 2017…more than half way through the year and we are DEFENDING shutting down FREE SPEECH and Liberal MORONS LITERALLY DESTROYING a statue that has stood since 1924! Where have I seen images like that? Oh yeah! I’ve seen videos of ISIS destroying Christian artifacts, statues, monuments, and buildings that were CENTURIES OLD! Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA, PPP, and the “progressive” Left are ACTUALLY ADVOCATING for RACIAL SEGREGATION, gender re-classification (in some cases there are more than 20 gender classes ), and sub-groups of sub-groups. I’m an Conservative, educated, Hispanic female. But wait…there’s more! I’m also a “person of color”. But wait…there’s more! I’m also a “woman of color”. I’m a CONSERVATIVE REGISTERED DEMOCRAT so then what group do I fall into now? I’m a Conservative, registered Democrat who voted Republican the last 3 presidential elections, so now where do I go? I’m a Conservative Registered Democrat who voted for Donald Trump so NOW I’M A RACIST. I’m a Hispanic female, Conservative registered
Democrat who voted for Donald Trump and believes in the First Amendment right to Free Speech and PEACEFUL PROTEST/ASSEMBLY for EVERYONE (not just those just like me…you know like xenophobes) but now I’m a racist AND a Nazi. So what class am I in? WHEN does the lunacy stop? The way things are looking…probably never, so I say to North Korea…just drop the bomb already. Let’s just wipe the slate clean. Maybe the next generation or survivors can do a better job than we did!
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Well said Cindy