I’ve become frustrated with family and friends who argue that “both sides” at Charlottesville were to blame for the violence. The reason is because people can name the perpetrators of violence by the right, but I can’t find any sources that cite names or organizations that caused violence on the left. All I hear are people blaming generic “violent antifa” protesters.
I’ve said this before, but I live in a place that is also receiving a lot of attention because we are removing Confederate statues. At a press conference last night, we had national news organizations interviewing a local community organizer that, for two years, has tried to get these statues removed. The conference was in a public building, but didn’t have much of an audience except for press folk. However, one guy mentioned that he was “anti-fascist”. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him, so I don’t know if he was a part of an “antifa” organization or if he was, in general, against fascism.
I’m coming to y’all because this community seems knowledgeable and respectful. I read one article that says that “antifa” refers to a large swath of organizations that are against fascism. I read another one that said that “antifa” specifically believe in violence against Nazis as a first resort. I really don’t want violence in my town or where I work, and I want to talk intelligibly about this topic with others. So what does anyone know about “antifa”? Are there specific organizations with leaders that can be named? Or is it a general “catch-all”?