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“Antifa” — It’s Complicated
Common shorthand for “anti-fascist” has been appropriated and twisted
Anyone to the left of Mitch McConnell has to agree that fascism is bad, right? You know, Hitler, Mussolini… Let’s assume we don’t want that here.
All together now! Boo, fascism!
So when the time comes that we forget what fascism really means and it makes its cyclical comeback as it has now, it’s important to not only disapprove of fascism but to be actively anti-fascist. Just like you need to be anti-racist or you are tacitly going along with it.
“Antifa” is shorthand for anti-fascist but like a lot of words it has been intentionally turned into a right wing boogeyman despite its total lack of organization in the real world.
It’s important to understand there has been an active operation since the 2016 election to blame everything on “Antifa.” This scapegoat has been fully integrated into brainwashing conspiracy theories on the right like “Q,” but it has also been infiltrated and appropriated by bad actors on the left who play their assigned role in the drama.
What Twitter has done below is actively collaborate with this operation by being a stenographer for Kremlin propaganda operation Fox News and making it seems like the recent violence in Roanoke, TX is some kind of both sides story.
It isn’t. What happened is that bunch of homophobic, violent nazis descended on a private brunch to traumatize American citizens minding their own business — but you wouldn’t know that from Twitter.
This is harmful anti-LGBTQ+ propaganda. They are just throwing in “Antifa” on top for extra incitement to violence.
This is manufactured to be part of the anti-queer hysteria they are trying to drum up with monkeypox, grooming, etc. It’s part of a literal psyop. Twitter is helping to target people for violence.
As far as infiltration of “Antifa” on the left, that’s a whole different story. There are a lot of accounts that claim to be “Antifa” but are actually there to cause chaos and promote bad actors. (You might be surprised that the fake ones don’t like me. 😂)
Anyone who spends their time pushing for violent action or obsessively promotes fighting people in the street needs to be looked at with serious side eye. Same goes for anyone who publicly “battles” with right wing propagandists in a loud, sustained, embarrassing way. For example, Andy Ngo has a whole bunch of fake “Antifa” personalities that are only there to promote him.
Sadly, “Antifa” has been corrupted in the same way that Standing Rock and Occupy were. They are all legitimate, well-meaning movements that have been weaponized and stripped of their original meaning.
For me, I’m happy to add the extra five letters to “Antifa” to make it very clear what my goals are.
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