Anarchism/Anti-State

Scant evidence of antifa shows how sweeping the protests for racial justice have become

From June 13. The uprising has been far too large for the far-left to have played that big of a role. The right-wing has greatly exaggerated the role of the far-left in all of this, and left-wing has exaggerated the role of the far-right (whose presence has been even smaller than that of the far-left). And the mainstream media, left and right, has exaggerated the role of race in the uprising. Yes, a big part of the rebellion has been about racial disparities when it comes to police crimes and terrorism against civilians. Nothing wrong with pointing that out. And the perspective of the liberal middle class and conventionally left sectors of the protest movement may be limited to a focus on “racial justice.”

It makes perfect sense that the majority of the most militant lumpen proletarian insurrectionists (i.e. the ones who are actually torching enemy military bases, etc.) have been from minority ethnic communities. But the uprising is about more than race per se. It’s also a class-based insurgency, with the lumpenproletariat acting as the class vanguard, that is engaged in direct attacks on ruling class targets and on the state. Media propagandists have to focus on the racial component of the uprising because they can’t admit that class actually exists much less that there is any problem with the state itself.

By Isaac Stanley-Becker 

Washington Post

In the two weeks that saw an uprising against racial injustice and police brutality spread from the streets of Minneapolis to cities across America, the specter of violent, left-wing militants invoked by President Trump and a chorus of conservative voices has yet to materialize.

Instead, multiracial crowds have appeared in every corner of the United States, as the president sent more than a dozen tweets blaming clashes with police on antifa, the label associated with anti-fascist protesters who infamously sparred with far-right figures after his election in 2016. He went so far as to say he would designate antifa as a “terrorist organization,” though he does not have the legal authority to apply that label to a domestic group.

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