Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), spoke recently with the Washington Examiner about the SPLC’s views on Antifa, a violent underground movement whose membership is on the rise as of late. Antifa, or “anti-fascist action”, was termed back in the 1920s and 30s to define a broad group of people from the militant left who battled against the fascists of the time in Germany, Italy, and Spain. After the end of WWII, however, the support for Antifa faded to the background. Over the next few decades, there would be only a brief resurgence during the ‘80s when the neo-Nazi skinheads began to make an appearance. It wouldn’t be until the election of Trump, however, that the group would obtain a spotlight on the world stage as it started gaining membership and media attention rapidly. New York City’s chapter of Antifa, alone, almost quadrupled in size within the first three months on January, the group reported on their Facebook page. As membership rose nationwide, tensions between the radical leftist Antifa and the alt-right were rising as well. A toxic combination was nurtured within this new version of the nearly century old movement. The present-day Antifa is representing much more than just the anti-fascist beliefs of the past; the new Antifa is just anti-far right in general. This widening of hate combined with the more liberal use of violence has allowed for recent events like Charlottesville to occur. The black clothing clad group is
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Thesis: Arising from the growing development for the equality of African-American peoples in the United States, those who continued to support the alt-right became increasingly aware of their decreasing racial superiority, effectively resulting in their insecurity becoming the basis for the formulation of the Ku Klux Klan, violently targeting the increasingly powerful minorities.
Since the election of Donald Trump, the country seems to be in a state of division. Protests against the president’s executive orders and movements like Black Lives Matter has caused many hate groups to make a reappearance into the main-stream media. White supremacist, white nationalists, and alt-right leaders are speaking their minds about the perceived discrimination against whites. These types of white advocacy groups have gone through an evolution since the times of the Ku Klux Klan and have created new techniques for recruiting members. These units can be a type of love/hate relationship, and once people have joined, they find it very difficult to leave. But hate can be overcome; through education, tolerance training, and even counter-protesting. Because of feelings of discontent, fear in the loss of white power, and a lack of experience with groups outside of their race, America is seeing a dangerous and unfortunate rise in these types of hate groups.
A 'riot' is commonly defined as a disorderly behaviour, which often involve violence and the destruction of property (Andrews, 2014, p. 292). Riots can be viewed from a Conservative point of view and from a Radical point of view. Conservatism and Radicalism are both political ideologies. Although ideologies are 'explanatory frameworks that help to make sense of society' (Andrews, 2014, p. 306), conservatism and radicalism contrast in many ways. Conservatism is associated with wisdom, limited politics, and natural hierarchy, legitimising the existing order. Radicalism is linked to progress, universal rights and popular sovereignty, suggesting alternative to the existing order (The Open University, 2016b).
The argument made by Katie Reilly in Donald Trump Blames ‘Thugs’ for Cancelled Chicago Rally is that violence is a growing issue in the already-tense political environment within the United States. More specifically, Reilly argues that protesters, who are against Trump and his political views, along with supporters have viciously battled each other, physically, during several Trump-hosted rallies. She writes, “Trump’s rallies have been targeted by protesters throughout his campaign and have increasingly been marked by violence.” In this passage, Reilly suggests that supporters, and even Trump, himself, are encouraging violence, thus instigating activists to perform extreme actions – such as shutting down one of his rallies through an organized,
On Saturday, August 12, the notorious “alternative right” movement was thrust into the national spotlight after a march culminated in the death of a counter-protester and the injuries of dozens more. However, despite the publicity the movement has been receiving over the last few months, most people are still in the dark as to the origins, beliefs, and reach of this reprehensible political faction.
Members of both parties, in the Ku Klux Klan and the anti-war protests of the 1960s rebelled because they felt that they were the victims of social change and political oppression. The KKK first emerged after the South’s defeat in the Civil War and emerged rejuvenated for the third time following the civil rights
Black Lives Matter first formed when Trayvon Martin, was posthumously trialed with his murderer, George Zimmerman, who was not held accountable for his indictment. After this tragic incident, several other incidents of black people dying at the hands of police brutality became evident. As a result, many black men and women across the country joined BLM. The Black Lives Matter movement gave black people a platform where they could project their anger and critique white supremacy and capitalist inequality. But many of those who oppose Black Lives Matter, such as white supremacists and white nationalists have denounced the movement calling it a “terrorist” organization; they have gone so far as to create their own group called “White Lives Matter” to counter BLM. However, these critics have failed to comprehend the purpose of BLM and their goals while fundamentally misunderstanding the nature of hate groups. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), hate groups are defined as “...those that vilify entire groups of people based on immutable characteristics such as race
Having read both articles, each of which represents a side of the argument about free speech, I must argue that one is complete lunacy while the other makes complete sense. The lunatic article has to be the one from CNN. It effectively blames the speakers for the violence caused on university campuses. Why should a single speaker be blamed for the acts of snowflakes hiding behind black masks? Yes, the speakers are provocative as the article says, but that does not give anyone the right to destroy property and hinder the liberty of people who want to hear what the speaker wants to say. Antifa is violating the God-given rights of people who choose to hear someone's point of view on an issue in our society today.
Two domestic Terrorist Groups in the United States is the Black Liberation Army and the other is Antifa. The Black Liberation Army (BLA) was part of the terrorist group with a far left aims, originally part the Black Panther Party formed in 1970. The Black Panther Party, the BLA was directly responsible for at least 20 fatalities, making it amongst one of the most lethal “homegrown” U.S. groups of the1970’s and 1980’s. They were also known as a militant black marxist composed of the most violent elements of the Black Panther Party. One of their main goal was to take up arms for the liberation of the black people in the United States.
Goldberg’s article states “since when is being less bad than the Klan a major moral accomplishment?” (Goldberg). The KKK, one of the most horrific groups America has ever seen, has violent alt-left enemies – Antifa. Goldberg argues that Antifa should not be seen as heroic, but instead should be seen as thugs that “oppose
Beinart Peter states that a group known as Antifa started to make a presence in America. This group is known to combat those that they perceive as fascist harshly, even using violence. Peter states Antifa has started to grow exponentially due to trump's presidency due to many people believing him and those who support him are both racist and Nazis. Peter also says that members of Antifa would use any tactics to deny those they disagree with, this would include protest, use violence, and even try to prevent these people from freely speaking or assembling. Peter ends the article by stating that if Antifa is undermining the right to free speech of those they disagree with. Then those groups will actually grow and gain support due to the fear of
I have different opinions some positive and of course negative. I will start on the positive as of the beginning of this essay. First, I will talk about the Antifa group. The group was formed in 1932 with the involvement of the Communist Party of Germany. These individual’s go against supermacys for example the KKK, Ku Klux Klan, and also Neo Nazis.
The media has changed the mindset of many individuals in society. If a peaceful protest is happening, then the citizens are portrayed to be angry and rioters in the media. In today’s society, people gain their knowledge from either reading off social media networking sites and newspaper outlets online. The miscommunication and biased perspectives are formed because of sources that may have an enticing headline such as saying, “Black Lives Matter is the newest hate group.” For someone who might not understand this organization would believe the negative stigma behind it. This organization stands against violence and systemic racism toward African-Americans involving the issues of police brutality, profiling, and injustices. Black Lives Matter holds peaceful protests and meetings to find solutions to help end racial inequality for African-Americans. The headline should state that “Black Lives Matter stands up for unity,” which is respectable toward the organization. However, the media tries not to promote positivity because they want to appeal more individuals with newsworthy articles. The Nationalist Association of Black Journalists Award Winning Artist, Akiba Solomon is a freelance writer who focuses on writing about race and gender. One of her most indulgence writings is titled Thugs. Students. Rioters. Fans: Media’s Subtle Racism in Unrest Coverage. Solomon is a lecturer that instructs and teaches about women and social justice issues. She discusses the intolerant
The anti-fascist movement can be traced back to the 1920’s. Antifa’s existence relies on the political environment in order for them to have traction there must be a conservative government. Antifa ideology features a pro-multicultural agenda, protecting minorities, and socialization of government. The majority of its platform is rather mainstream for contemporary society.
The phrase “Alternative Right” was first coined by Richard Spencer in 2010 and has become an umbrella term to describe a neo-reactionary movement to push back against progressive domination of political and social spheres. This is done by creating an idea space in which issues such as race and nationalism can be discussed without considering left-wing positions on the subject. This puts the Alt-Right outside of mainstream conservatism, which is dominated by left-wing philosophies on race, nationalism, and gender relations and has been summed up by the Alt-Right with the pejorative label “Cuckservative” which in many ways is a mirror of the liberal use of “Regressive Left”. The Alt-Right seems to be a reaction to the lack of conservative doctrine on subjects dominated by left-wing points of view.