I’ve decided to submit this article anonymously to protect against any potential retaliation.
I like to start off by saying that, although I now disavow Antifa, I will always be Anti-Fascist, against racism and against hatred.
In order to understand Antifa and how they operate and “recruit”, I will start by telling how I became involved with Antifa.
My story beings in the Fall of 2005. I was 15-years-old, a Sophomore in High School and recently had gotten into the underground Punk and Hardcore scene.
It was Friday and my friends and I were pumped about an Oi/Punk/Hardcore show that was taking place that evening in the city. This was only my 4th or 5th show that I had been to, but they were always a good time to be had by all…. until this night.
I was expecting an energetic night filled with punk music and typical teenage shenanigans: sneaking a 40oz in the bathroom with my friends, trying to talk to girls, and feeling like a big shot because the club let you smoke even if you weren’t 18.
Punk shows were awesome to me because they were ours. My best friend was Korean and it was cool to have a place where no one cared about race and they didn’t judge you for having blue hair and shit and you weren’t suffocated by preppies and jocks that we had to deal with in the suburbs.
The night was going perfect, everything felt right, it was one of those magical nights where everyone was being cool and the bands were kicking ass.
All of the sudden, however, my life was about to abruptly change forever…
I heard a commotion towards the front of the club with people yelling, screaming and fighting.
My friends and I moved towards the ruckus and I saw a crazy brawl happening. The band that was playing stopped their set, jumped off the stage and forcefully ran past us and started throwing down with the aggressors.