The word antifa is being thrown around a lot these days and it’s frequently vilified by fascists, news media and even the President of the United States. It’s being called a gang, a terrorist organization, and lots of other terrible things. But antifa really isn’t so scary.
Antifa is short for anti-fascist (ANTI-FAscist) and it’s a loose coalition of individuals and groups, not a monolithic organization. No one knows when the term was first used, but it’s known to have been used since at least the 1930s. It means different things to different people, but at its most basic, it’s about fighting for the people and for progressive policies. It’s often conflated with black bloc, which is a defensive tactic used by some who are antifa, but they are not the same thing.
Since it’s decentralized, and individuals and groups often act autonomously, antifa can be messy, disorganized, and even sometimes fight itself, but that’s pretty much true of any movement. Think of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, for example. There was much debate about tactics and strategies just as there are now and not everything they did was particularly organized or even effective. But they were united around a common cause and they made things happen, as are we and as will we. They were also frequently scorned by their contemporaries, so we’re in good company.
But, at its core, the only thing you need to be part of antifa is to be against fascism. So if you’re against fascism (and who would have thought that would be a controversial stance in 2017?), you’re ANTIFA.
Welcome to the Resistance.
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