Today Trump said he will designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. Antifa is short for Anti-Fascist. What is Antifa against? Fascism. They hate fascism and actively try to resist fascism.
Antifa opposes Neo-Nazis, Neo-fascism, white supremacists and racism, and these days the movement that encapsulates some of those ideas: the alt-right.BBC News
Antifa spend all their efforts being a nuisance to racists:
Antifa look to disrupt alt-right events and far-right speakers. They use a variety of tactics to do this – including shouting and chanting and forming human chains to block off right-wing demonstrators. Some are unapologetic about their online tactics, which include monitoring the far right on social media. They also release personal information about their opponents online, commonly known as “doxxing” – they’ve gotten some alt-right supporters fired from their jobs after identifying them online.
Antifa groups also use more traditional forms of community organising like rallies and protest marches. The most extreme factions will carry weapons like pepper spray, knives, bricks and chains – and they don’t rule out violence.BBC News
Your great grandparents and grandparents used to call Antifa the good guys. These are the good guys with a gun that are stopping the bad guys with a gun. Remember that idea? We hear it all the time. If only more good guys had guns, there would be less bad guys with guns.
Anti-fascists have always been on the left. They were socialists and communists fighting against imperialist oppression. Then fascism became a useful tool to suppress socialism. We talked about this in another post called ‘Eugenics is Bad‘. These days, anti-fascists come from all walks of life. They might be conservatives, Democrats, libertarians, anarchists, or socialists. Not long ago, however, much of the world was united in the idea that fascism is bad. Fascism kills people. Fascism is responsible for the deaths of six million Jews and many other people that the Fascists did not like, such as Roma, gay people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, people with disabilities, socialists, etc. Shit went down and we had to fight a world war to stop Fascists from completely ruining everything.
Now Antifa is going to designate a terrorist organization? So they can’t fight fascism? So people stop speaking out against fascism? So Democrats or anyone else who do not wear a MAGA hat will be suspected of terrorism?
Some anti-fascist operatives are considered to go too far, but to suggest that all participants in the Antifa movement are terrorists is going even further. It is like claiming that all Muslims are terrorists when we know that is not the case. After 20 years beating that stereotype back, we still see jerks spreading anti-Muslim propaganda daily.
Then we have to ask. Why Antifa and not the KKK? Why Antifa and not any random neo-nazi group operating in the USA? Why not Proud Boys? Why not any other activist racist group on a list that is as long as your arm?
Remember that you can either be fascist or anti-fascist. Its binary. You can’t be both at the same time. So pick a side.