08.20.2017 by @WinterwoodGrace
1 : a member of a German fascist party controlling Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler
2 often not capitalized a : one who espouses the beliefs and policies of the German Nazis : fascistb : one who is likened to a German Nazi : a harshly domineering, dictatorial, or intolerant person a grammar nazi
1 often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control early instances of army fascism and brutality — J. W. Aldridge
The main stream media and social media have exploded in the wake of events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Both would have you believe that there is no violence on the left, and indeed, groups like Antifa are peacefully working to bring change to our societies, our country as a whole. The only problem with that rhetoric is that Antifa is actively recruiting on platforms such as Facebook. Further complicating matters is the fact that the recruiters are not paying attention to the people they are actually trying to recruit. Naturally, when a friend received a recruitment message, she forwarded it to me. This was not an attempt to recruit me, but a hope that I would expose it for what it truly is. This message is a call to violence against any that do not agree with their point of view.
-Copied and pasted and do the same;
“Hey, are you looking for ways to support your local antifa that don’t involve being on the front lines? Spread this around everywhere. Copy and Paste, Do not share this!
“Look, people. This is fucking serious. Please read. We aren’t glitter bombing Nazis. We aren’t throwing flour on them. We definitely aren’t going to peacefully shut them down. They want to kill us, they said so in Charlottesville. They made it very clear where they stand and how they plan on taking action. Their violence needs to be met with great force. If you are not down to physically fight these fuckers, please stay off the front lines. You’ll get hurt and your pacifism will be a liability, resulting in others being hurt. Run support. We need more support.
-Go to a street medic training
-Run jail support
-If you’re good at using the internet (as in better than average), learn how to securely (and correctly) doxx these people.
-If you’re a creative type, write a ‘zine about anti-fascism (we can chat about specifics if you can’t think of anything) -If you’re EMT trained, HOST a street medic training
-Become a legal observer through the National Lawyers Guild
-Set up letter writing events to send to political prisoners
-There’s a lot of parents who want to fight but can’t because of their kids, watch their kids for them
-If you can cook, organize food drives/potlucks for the larger demonstrations.
-Help people in more counseling/therapy ways.
-When organizing, inclusivity is not optional, and is mandatory to win.
-Listen to the concerns of those most affected
-If you are white, use that privilege to engage your racist relatives and neighbors in thoughtful discussion to change hearts and minds so that burden doesn’t fall on our comrades of color.
Copy/paste. Do not share. Also, add any extra support jobs you think of.”
So much focus is being put on hate groups and racism, the bigger picture goes unseen. If this country goes into a civil war, we will be ripe for a takeover by ISIS, or any other extremist group that wants us. The main stream media promoting the violence and hate only fuels a fire that needs to be extinguished. They are helping Americans to lose sight of what really matters right now, which is a united front in the face of adversity.
Let’s face it, this homegrown violence has nothing to do with statues. Those statues have been there for a number of years and nobody had a problem with it. Statues don’t hurt anything. They didn’t hurt anybody during President Obama’s tenure and they haven’t hurt anybody during President Trump’s tenure. The statues are merely an excuse to incite violence, and when you respond to that you play right into the hands of the real enemy. How can a race claim to be oppressed and unable to get past events that happened hundreds of years ago, but can skip right on past a foreign terror attack on our own home soil? That doesn’t wash.
You can’t blame President Trump for white nationalists, Antifa, BLM, neo-nazis, KKK, or any other organized group. These existed long before Trump became the president. The sooner people learn that we do not live in a democracy, perhaps the better off we will be. We elect out leaders by a representative vote, and we speak to our government the same way. It is shameful for an elected official, such as a state senator, to publicly wish for the death of any person, including the president. There may be frustration and trauma, but that does not give anyone the right to call for murder. I was very frustrated and traumatized by the power company this past month. I don’t wish them dead, I didn’t drive a car into anyone representing them. I am grown, and having been raised by responsible members of society to be a responsible member of society, I know better than to act like a 5 year old having a temper tantrum. I can, and do, wish for things to change with the power company, but I’m not going to threaten to do them harm if I don’t get my way.
Am I my brother’s keeper? Yes, I believe I am. I believe that regardless of politics, if my brother is in danger, I should help protect him. Regardless of race, if my brother needs help, I should try to give what help I can. I believe that regardless of my brother’s religion, if he is hungry, I should try to help feed him. I believe that regardless of my brother’s personal beliefs, if he is dead, I should help care for those he left behind. Yes, I am my brother’s keeper. That doesn’t mean that I will give charity or sacrifice my family for my brother. I may give my brother a job, so that he may feed and shelter his family, I may offer him training so that he may defend his family. I expect my brother to work as hard as I do. I’m no bleeding heart. I don’t believe in the concept of a something for nothing Utopia. I do however, wholeheartedly believe that we can be better people to each other than what we currently show.
If you feel your race is an issue that allows others to hold you back, reevaluate your sphere. There are hundreds of thousands of people of color that are more successful than I am. They obviously worked harder than I have. That’s on me, not them. If you want a better life, go get it. A statue isn’t what is holding you back. Neither is a president. Look inside yourself and find the person you want to be, and work to become that person. If you keep allowing the agendas of others to dictate your life, you may wake up one day and discover you no longer have the freedom to become the person you want to be.
As always: #BeTheRain