Trump preoccupied with an enemy
Today we’ll look at an ugly part of activism, starting with information from the Wikipedia page on the subject. “Antifa is a militant, left-wing, anti-fascist political activist movement. which comprises autonomous activist groups that aim to achieve their political objectives with direct action rather than through policy reform. Activists engage in varied protest tactics, including digital activism, property damage, physical violence and harassment against those whom they identify as fascist, racist or on the far-right. While members of this group may hold anti-capitalist views, they may also subscribe to anarchism, socialism, communism, liberalism and social democracy.” The term antifa, meaning anti-fascism, was created by Benito Mussolini, who once was the leader of Italy’s National Fascist Party. He used the word to denote enemies of fascism in the 1930s and 1040s. Most of his enemies, or those he deemed anti-fascists, were murdered by his administration.
After the 2017 protests and riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, Steve Bannon filled Trump’s head with his perspective about the “bad guys” during the “Unite the Right” rally. Trump’s incredibly stupid remarks after that event included the notion of “good people on both sides.” Trump and Bannon sought to define an enemy to cover the activities of the Neo-Nazi, KKK and White Supremacists who killed a person. They repeated the criticism that antifa was an enemy of the people. While that is true, the Neo-Nazis, KKK members and White Supremacists are equal enemies. Both “sides” use unlawful acts to drive home their viewpoints.
Trump tweeted on Sunday, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” The first problem with his statement is antifa is not a specific organization, but rather a description of people and groups who oppose fascism. People with antifa views who protest violently are domestic terrorists, but groups supporting white supremacy deploying hate and violence against classes of people are also terrorists.
Those TV reporters talking about whether there is systemic racism in our police departments are wasting their time. Racism can exist in any single person, in any law enforcement organization or even in the White House. Antifa and fascist groups each utilize domestic terrorism to enforce their points of view and can be lumped together in that regard.
The Merriam-Webster of fascism is “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” Trump and his knucklehead cohorts don’t understand that antifa is not a formal organization, but rather a movement without a hierarchical leadership structure. They also are not comprehending the protests and riots taking place in America today. When Trump complains that protesters have recruited people, organized them and led them during the marches, he’s talking about leadership. So, he knows it when he sees it.
When Donald Trump and his followers see that not all the protesters are people of color, they assume that the white people attacking cop cars and Starbucks must be part of some strange, underground movement. This is how racists think. The white kids screaming and busting things up in the streets have been forced to stay home for weeks. Many of them have lost their jobs, are financially ruined and are distressed by their parents waiting in food bank lines. The violent demonstrators aren’t protesting George Floyd’s terrible death; they are repulsed by their government’s destruction of their lives. Trump has singularly and rightfully earned a burdensome amount of blame for all that’s happening.
Get ready folks. Should Trump get another term, his legacy will be the undoing of many civil rights. Hey, in case you haven’t noticed, the power has gone to his head. The only way Trump and his merry men could possibly unwind antifa would be tracking all citizens’ emails, texts and social media posts. Will Bill Barr’s DOJ task the FBI to spy on American citizens, like he claims they did with Michael Flynn and Roger Stone? So, it’s okay for them to go after antifa but not Russian sympathizers?
Let me be clear. When protesters start to break, loot and burn, they strangle the legitimate reason for the protest. They have become anarchists and are no longer supporting the movement to reform US police departments. To understand why white, brown or black cops kill unarmed black men in America, look at the statistics. It’s clear that cops typically fear a black person more than a white person. That’s why they overreact and make tragic mistakes.
I have said that we treat our African American boys and young men worse that animals in a zoo. If a zebra escapes from a zoo, we don’t unload 41 shots to bring it down. No, we use a tranquilizer gun to subdue the black and white equine. Now, before you get your underwear in a knot, I am using a zebra in my analogy because it is neither black nor white. If you are at all disturbed by my use of an animal, well, face it, I am saying we sometimes treat animals better than our own citizens.
Everything happening now profoundly reminds me of the anti-war demonstrations during the late 1960s and early 1970s. How did we get out of those things? Number one, we ended the Vietnam war, and number two, Nixon left the White House. Our current problem is solvable. We must do visible and hard work to end systemic racism, anti-Semitism and political hate in America. These are not easy things, but we will try. To guarantee our success, Trump must leave the White House.
If you read this book, you can see why all this happened to us.
The book that tells it like it is…
Gold, God, Guns & Goofballs This weekend, I picked the book and thumbed through some of the chapters, and I re-read chapter called, Take a Knee for America and thought about this never-ending conflict between minorities and the police. It’s not really taking a stand I’m asking you to do, but having a real frank conversation about why some people think they way they do would be productive right now. It’s a book for the moment.