Antifa Fuck Off!

  • Posted on: 7 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

From Adverse Possession

An Open Letter Denouncing Anti-Fascist Action Bay Area
(aka Antifa)


Antifa has no place in Oakland because it is a racist, reactionary, reductive, counter-revolutionary, and nihilistic organization that has attacked workers and community members as well as engaged in intimidation increasing police repression against marginalized communities.

I am writing this open letter to demand that Antifa in Oakland disband and to denounce their recent efforts which caused the Oakland Police Department to force the Oakland Metro Operahouse to cancel a recent concert and face increased repression while resisting displacement and gentrification.

Some Background About the Situation


Recently individuals identifying as Anti-Fascist Action Bay Area (aka Antifa, see: https://www.facebook.com/antifabayarea/) circulated a post on social media demanding that the Oakland Metro Operahouse cancel a concert with the band Marduk from Sweden. This and all related posts have since been removed from social media.

I contacted my friends in Sweden who are part of the punk and metal scenes as well as anti-authoritarian organizing. I was informed that Marduk were not Nazis, and that Antifa was misinformed. I shared this information with Antifa and asked them to discontinue their campaign. I received no response.

In their post Antifa made a call to action threatening to shut down the show by force if the Oakland Metro Operahouse refused to comply with Antifa’s demands.

Members of Antifa were aware that law enforcement was monitoring social media. Prior to Antifa’s actions The Oakland Metro Operahouse had been subject to harassment by city officials looking for an excuse to shut down the venue as part of an effort to gentrify the Jack London Warehouse district.

The Oakland Police Department denied the permit for the concert citing the threat of violence in light of the recent protests at U.C. Berkeley against Milo Yiannopoulis.

My Background


I am Lebanese-American, a social justice organizer, and a musician in the punk and heavy metal scenes. In the late 80s the Nazi-skin/neo-Nazi scene was growing and increasing numbers of Nazis came out to punk shows. My friends and I were attacked by Nazis during this time, and the relative safety we found in the punk scene was disappearing.

One day I confronted the Nazis and about a dozen Nazis violently attacked me as other punks stood by and watched. After that the punks mobilized to run the Nazis out of the shows. Eventually the Nazis were driven out of the scene. Similar situations like this were occurring across the U.S.

I moved to Oakland in 1997 and soon began organizing with the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation working with family members of those killed by law enforcement. When reaching out to Anarchists I was often told that they only wanted to work with other anarchists thus precluding them from working with marginalized communities.

I found more success finding allies in the punk and metal scenes which were more racially diverse and less dogmatic about political ideology.

I am also a musician who has played numerous shows at the Oakland Metro Operahouse.

Antifa Caused Law Enforcement to Target Marginalized Communities


Founded in 2001 the Oakland Metro Operahouse has its roots in the punk D.I.Y. tradition and is unique in Oakland because it emphasizes outsider artists. This is particularly relevant to marginalized communities which are underserved by other venues.

Because of this the Oakland Metro Operahouse has been targeted for harassment by real estate speculators and city officials looking to gentrify the Jack London Square neighborhood where the Oakland Metro Operahouse is located.

Threats against the Oakland Metro Operahouse by Antifa were posted on the internet while the permit for the Marduk show was pending. This provided the Oakland Police Department the opportunity to deny the permit for the show. Because of this the Oakland Metro Operahouse is facing increased police repression moving forward.

I have been informed by Antifa that they had no plans to carry out any direct action and that their members were aware that law enforcement was monitoring their communications. Accordingly, Antifa was aware that their threats would result in a response by law enforcement.

This cavalier attitude is an example of privilege and entitlement common among activists who do not personally experience police repression and engage in activities that put marginalized people at risk. Antifa has the privilege of making anonymous threats while it is the Oakland Metro Operahouse, their employees, and the communities they serve who are put at risk.

I attempted to arrange a meeting between members of Antifa and the founders of the Oakland Metro Operahouse to de-escalate the police repression caused by their actions. Antifa was unwilling to meet or consider our proposals.

Antifa Is Racist


Antifa is a movement that was resurrected in the 1980s in Germany from an older group that was active prior to World War II. The original name Antifaschistische Aktion was shortened to Antifa and the logos of the red and black flags in a circle were adopted.

In 1999 I was in Hannover and saw the band Dir Yassin perform. Dir Yassin was an Israeli band involved with organizing against mandatory military conscription in Israel and was critical of Zionism. I was informed by one of the organizers of the show that Antifa considers any band that criticizes Israel to be anti-Semitic which Antifa considers equivalent to fascism. Because Dir Yassin was comprised of Israeli Jews I was told that they were the only band that would not be attacked by Antifa in Germany for criticizing Israel.

Later I learned that Antifa protests often include activists waving Israeli flags and carrying Zionist banners.

As a Lebanese-American I have always felt connected with the struggle of the Palestinian people. I believe that the liberation of the Palestinian people is inextricably tied to the liberation of all people of color in the world. Like many other Arabs I feel unwelcome within movements that embrace Zionism.

Based on a number of experiences I have come to realize that racism against West Asians is pervasive within the radical left in Germany in which Antifa originated. Antifa in Germany does not fight racism. They claim to fight fascism and “anti-Semitism” which they define to include any criticism of the state of Israel. They do not hold a position against fascism in other countries, and they do not fight discrimination against people of color. In fact, by allowing Israeli flags and Zionist banners at their actions Antifa in Germany is making it known that West Asians are not welcome.

On Bay Area Antifa’s Facebook page they post frequently from the website https://itsgoingdown.org/ (aka IGD) which is an insurrectionary anarchist website advocating the formation of Antifa chapters across the U.S. IGD is encouraging anarchists to form Antifa chapters and proclaim themselves “allies” of marginalized people and claim leadership for themselves rather than work directly as true allies. IGD’s motto is “Choosing Sides Getting Organized”. Accordingly, IGD and Antifa are “choosing sides” supporting Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

This foisting of a racist Zionist organization upon movements emerging in response to the election of Donald Trump is reminiscent of infiltration of movements by agent provocateurs such as COINTELPRO. Antifa’s parent organization in Germany supports the occupation of Palestine which is interconnected to a larger foreign policy by the U.S. and its allies to invade and occupy lands in West Asia. We should not let our movements be infiltrated and coopted by organizations supporting U.S. military aggression.

For its part, Bay Area Antifa is perpetuating the anarchist pattern of claiming leadership on issues affecting marginalized people while simultaneously excluding marginalized people from their efforts. This is particularly true in Oakland where anarchists are commonly viewed as outsiders by historic organizers.

The actions of Bay Area Antifa are hostile to people of color in Oakland. Not only did Antifa’s actions increase repression by the Oakland Police Department, but Antifa also falsely asserted that white supremacists are welcome at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. Prior to Antifa’s campaign white supremacists were largely unaware of Marduk whose audience does not historically include white supremacists. However, in recent concerts targeted by Antifa in other cities there has been an increase in attendance by racists. Many of the people attending shows at the Oakland Metro Operahouse are people of color including immigrants whose safety is placed at risk by conflicts with white supremacists attending events. This is particularly true at heavy metal concerts that draw a large Latinx audience.

Anitfa is Reactionary, Reductive, and Counter-Revolutionary


By its very nature Antifa defines itself by what it stands against and not by what it stands for. Antifa’s ongoing relevance necessitates the ongoing existence of fascists.

As self-identified Nazi organizing declined in the 1990s Antifa became obsessed with heavy metal. This was because a convicted murderer who had been part of the metal scene in Norway self-identified as a Nazi in the mid-90s. Antifa embraced the reductive and reactionary position of opposing any metal band with any tenuous connection to that individual or any content that could be construed as symbolizing Nazi sympathies. Because of this Antifa has erroneously targeted numerous heavy metal groups.

Also, it is counter-revolutionary for an organization that was imported from Germany, which excludes people of color, and exists primarily on the internet to assume leadership over historic grassroots organizing by marginalized people here in the U.S.; and divert those organizing efforts to engage in an obsession attacking obscure heavy metal bands with allegations of racism based on conjecture.

Antifa Attacked Workers and Allies


In their campaign Antifa contacted anyone involved with the Oakland Metro Operahouse; spamming them with messages claiming that Marduk were Nazis and demanding that people cancel the show. Many of the people contacted by Antifa were employees of the Oakland Metro Operahouse who were not involved with booking and their friends. Individuals who voiced skepticism about Antifa’s claims had their names and photos posted online by Antifa who claimed that they were Nazi sympathizers.

Beyond targeting those who disagreed with them, Antifa also demanded that others withdraw support from the Oakland Metro Operahouse. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair canceled their event on the same day that Antifa began making these threats. The Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair has not yet publicly explained if they canceled due to threats by Antifa.

Antifa Out of Oakland


I ask members of Antifa to stop organizing under that name and engage in self-reflection on how to be better allies to historic movements led by marginalized people.

I ask that Antifa make a public statement disavowing their online threats and make assurances that they will not attack the Oakland Metro Operahouse so that the Oakland Police Department will no longer be able to use Antifa as an excuse for harassment.

I ask Antifa to remove any postings identifying employees of the Oakland Metro Operahouse or community members who disagreed with them.

I ask that anyone or any group that withdrew support due to demands by Antifa resume their support of the Oakland Metro Operahouse including the Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair.

I ask everyone in Oakland to support the Oakland Metro Operahouse as it fights to survive against the forces of gentrification.

Signed,
Steven DeCaprio
March 6, 2017

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Comments

Your foreign experience was with a *minority faction* of Antifa who became Anti-Deutsch, which predictably split the antifa scene in Germany. None of my German antifa comrades and friends (most of whom began their activism in the 80s and who self-identify as Marxist by the way) have anything good to say about the pro-Israel anti-Anti-Semitic faction -- the same faction that refused to protest Bush on his lasts trip to Berlin, using the same strained mental gymnastics (their so-called logic) that led to them flying the Israeli flag at demos. If you really think that this *minority faction* of Anti-Deutschists is representative of the autonomous antifascist scene in Germany, you're an even bigger fool than your screed indicates.

Antifascists certainly deserve criticisms for their ideological and practical shortcomings and near-obsessive tunnel vision concerning their targets. But your clumsy guilt-by-association is transparently absurd, not based on any documented connection between the Anti-Deutsch practices of a *minority faction* of German Antifa and the self-organized Bay Area chapter -- how nifty that you conveniently ignore the various Antifas in other parts of Europe, who are pretty much immune from the deleterious excesses of the Anti-Deutsch discourse.

Also clumsy is your pro-worker essentialism that transcends anything resembling an actual class analysis; wage-earners are Good precisely and only because they are Workers. But that's par for the course for a pro-RCP clown.

I guess you never picked up any analysis of how police function when you were a stooge of the October 22 clumsy RCP front. If you had paid any attention to an anti-authoritarian critique of how the cops operate, then you might have picked up on the fact that the cops don't need some excuse to target people and projects for surveillance and repression. They don't rely on IGD's website to make policy or to exercise their class-based function to stifle any and all forms of deviance relevant to property relations and hierarchical institutions. The police will be police in the absence of IGD and other "insurrectionary" websites.

The code words you deploy are straight out of the Marxist anti-anarchist playbook: "racist" "reactionary" "reductive" "counter-revolutionary" "nihilist"... These are the same canards (except "racist") deployed since the days of the Marxist coup in the First International. You'll have to try harder if you want your insults to have any weight. You know, things like facts instead of sectarian opinions.

Your insinuation that the SF Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair canceled their event because of what Bay Area Antifa did is just stupid; look at the statement from the organizers elsewhere on this site (and plenty of other places).

Oh, and you're not "asking" -- you're making demands. Don't you know that since Occupy, we aren't interested in demands?

"I believe that the liberation of the Palestinian people is inextricably tied to the liberation of all people of color in the world."

Nationalism... Ethically-exclusive identity politics... suspicious denial of past Nazi collaboration... nothing here has anything to do with liberation. PFLP have bombed several synagogues... outside of Israel. This is the kind of massacres that Neonazis do. But they're still hailed by most of the Western Left as radical socialist comrades who're really just against the "Zionists".

And liberation of all POC of the world from WHO, exactly... the Jewish conspiracy!?

Though I probably have no intellectual affinities with this writer in question. As to the Marduk affair https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGhmrutv8no

Everybody here knows full well on your taste for youtube vids by White racist suburban scum, SE, that's fine but no thank you.

please don't generalize.

what i do know is that here there are dramatic posters that like to use hyperbole to character assasinate those who don't believe in leftist sacred cows, instead of trying to understand people and continually undermine the rigidity of their own thinking.

i can't wait until i get called a 'follower' for pointing this out.

and that's all you can try and label me as, because it's a discomfort to come into contact with people that don't want to bow down to any ideology. but, as what zerzan projects onto us, we must be hiding one, right?

to me, the discomfort of needing to abstract people by labeling them shows how far removed from contact posters like you are from ordinary people.

anarchy endures mental gated communities

Who's generalizing? Dude was pointing out something that people have been bringing up at least once a week for years now, which is about as long as Einzige has been posting this alt-right crap. Right or wrong, it's hardly uncommon, nor unsupported by evidence. You accuse people of not "trying to understand people", then accuse them of "character assassination" when they make an entirely reasonable assessment of where he's coming from based on the kind of stuff he posts. What assumptions are we supposed to make when someone posts nothing but a youtube video from some amateur video game critic slash aspiring talk radio host who can't even pronounce "antifa"?

I knew it would get a rise out of you leftard lobotominds, that's partially why I posted it:) Also, it makes the basic points for me my feelings for his greater politics aside. He actually has some decent video game and musical tastes and I am somewhat impressed with his shock jock abilities. Hey you can like Dali in spite of the fascism

Ok so you posted some alt-right fuckbag's ridiculous tirade against antifa in order to "get a rise out of you leftard lobotominds"... that's pretty much the definition of an "alt-right troll". Just sayin'.

And yes, you can appreciate Dali's paintings in spite of the fascism, but if someone were posting only his fascist-friendly political rantings I would have to wonder about their intentions.

That's why I posted it irrespective of the man's politics. I also post all kinds of things. Also, there are all kinds of people beyond alt-rightists that dislike IP SJW leftard lobotominds. In case you're not getting it the general zeitgeist is against them which isn't all fascist. Obviously it includes post leftist anarchs like moi.

Dude, it's plenty ridiculous. The guy couldn't pronounce "antifa" and seems genuinely surprised by the notion of an antifa action at a black metal show. He makes no real mention of the actual allegations against the band and insteads chastises antifa for not just believing the band and some random fans. He totally dismisses the idea that a black metal band might actually be Nazis (it's not like NSBM is a genre, right?). Really doesn't sound like he knows *anything* about either black metal or antifa, and all that's left of his argument without this crap is a bunch of absolutely standard alt-right fare ("Hitler hurricane") and insults like "aspie". You clearly didn't post this "irrespective of the man's politics". That might fly if you posted one of his video game reviews, but this is an explicitly and entirely political rant which responds directly to the subject of the article we're commenting on. Your preface "as to the marduk affair:" really kinda suggests that you feel "the man's politics" to be a relevant addition to this discussion. Why? What about them?

Antifa and their witch hunts are what is ridiculous. This is even more retarded then the whole Death In June affair. The allegations are weaksauce. He doesn't dismiss the idea that a black metal band can't be a nazi band, just this one. You might be on to something if you were talking about Varg and Burzum(and even here there's an argument that the main guy's politics don't figure into the band). The Arizona band mentioned would be closer to the mark. Also, razorfist is a go to guy for a lot of things metal as far as social media goes. Black Metal happens to be his favorite genre with Bathory being his favorite band. I think he knows a thing or two.

Hitler hurricane is clever phrasing and aspie is a standard online insult. I'm actually an aspie in case you missed it with my neuroatypical post, I understand the context of that word unlike you. Anyway I posted the video partly because of the predictable leftoid response from your types. At this point I consider you my entertainment given your pathetic predictability. Hear you go though my friend, here's another video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8BnfvaO3Tw

Quite frankly I have much bigger issue with the hammer and sicklecell tankies that make up antifa then the phantom fascists that you hallucinate into reality.

"He doesn't dismiss the idea that a black metal band can't be a nazi band"

He completely DOES... and that's the part of this shit video were he's getting the most frantically absurd. The butthurt "metal head" is behaving as if NSBM never existed.

Dude... you're once again standing in defense of fucking Youtube White racists, who haven't got anything better to do in life than expressing hate as some kind of keyboard warrior virtue or something.

He mentions one in his own backyard for fuck's sake. The point he makes is that those said bands TEND TO BE EXPLICIT. Get it yet? And no pantyfatard I'm not defending white racists, keep making yourself and your clownish commie filled cantifa look like fools though:)

See how pointless it is to argue with Ziggy? The dude's brain is hardwired this way and he'll obsessively split the atom with cheap rhetorical tricks and tell himself how clever he is and how stupid you are until you roll your eyes and leave. Every … single … time.

To anon 11.06 -- Dali never made any " fascist-friendly political rantings ". They may have sounded as if to be favoring fascism, but you fail to take into account 1- artistic license 2 - the artist's apolitical and amoral precepts 3 - that he was a resident of Spain during Franco's rule. Thus, artists such as Dali, mostly surrealists, which in his era meant creating abstract conceptions outside of the rigid false reality of those times, which tested the waters and excited/incited discourse outside of the pendulum swinging within the binary field of political belief structure, to keep himself grounded in his own-ness, to reconfirm his unique position as ' the individuated ' the ' anartist ' , not a philistine nor a gentile, not caring about ritual and myth.

So people want to just write off antifascist action all together because a few people claiming antifa are recklessly labeling others? So what's the alternative then? Giving the far right a platform they don't deserve? Sure...people need to be called out in antifa when they are wrong and I think bay area antifa should acknowledge it rather than hide. Neo fascism or Proto fascism will lead to total fascism if we scrap anti fascist action altogether and give Trump a safe space. We should try to hold each other accountable and call each other out when we fuck up big. I think the Marduk incident was a big mistake. Unless you got some fuckin proof dont slander the metal community, well respected venues in oakland and bands. Provide real evidence proof first. and make sure that everybody in the bay area anarchist/radical lefist and direct action community or what ever is cool with it. Anarchism is supposed to be about consensus anyway.

A bay area death metal freak.

"Giving the far right a platform they don't deserve?"

"make sure that everybody in the bay area anarchist/radical lefist and direct action community or what ever is cool with it"

"Anarchism is supposed to be about consensus anyway. "

seriously? is this a representation of so-called anarchist perspective in the bay area these days? wow. just, wow.

Some of those things are not the same.

There's nothing useful about the liberal leftist specific born antifa tendency. Also for the umpteenth time the mere organizing of so-called fascists(many of whom antifa label are not) is not what determines whether a Hitler or Mussolini comes to power. That is more a product of the times.

Antifa in Germany support Isreal,Largly in part to their countys Nazi past.

It is clear you did not attempt to carry out any research. in regard to other groups postions elsewhere in the world.

That's anti-Deutsche, a different tendency than antifa that often shows up to the same thing, but that anarchists and the left are generally embarrassed of

What's even more embarrassing than that not-so-relevant weird branch of antifa are anarcho-leftists who're giving mindless support to an ethnic nationalist movement consisting of Islamist organizations who always want more sacrifices for the cause of getting rid of the Jews in the Middle-East.

uh, hi, I'm the person you're replying to and I have no idea what the fuck you're talking about. how about some context and clarification if you want to be part of a conversation.

What talking about what who how when!? The context of this *discussion* is about one part of this text promoting the cause of Palestinian nationalism -a movement of several organizations who have murderous antisemitism and Pan-arabic nationalism -and to a lesser extent past Nazi collaboration- as common traits. As much as Israel has become a fascistic, White supremacist ultra-militarized State, those presenting its antagonist elements as any more "progressive" or liberatory are quite misguided.

So what the fuck does that have to do with me correcting someone who confused antifa for anti-deutsch in Germany?

Because comparatively, for the Western Left and anarcho-left, Israel and "zionism" have been almost unilaterally established as the new Nazism, while this very worldview (I take the precaution not to use this stupid "weltanshauung" buzzword for a notion that completely exists in Western English language) only helps casting a TROUBLING and paradoxical dead angle on the reality of Islamic fascism and its uninterrupted hate of the Jews.

Really... I'm a fan of Arabic cultures, even if they tend, as most other mass popular cultures, to be binary, conservative and boring. The humor of North African Arabs is quite cool, especially for not needing to be cynical about anything.

But how these cultures have been polarized and manipulated over the decades... how especially German fascist imperialism, then CIA fascist imperialism (more or less the same), after British imperialism of course, have used and twisted them into something brutal and inhuman (read: Al Qaeda and ISIS), this is something anarchists should worry more about. Pan-arab nationalism is, like, completely the result of Nazi-Muslim collaboration. That was the Plan B of a post-Allied victory for Nazis... Islamic movements offered with so much disciplined fighters and suicide bombers, that no other nation could rival with.

Also anon 21.34, the term Weltanschauung has particular relevance to the whole middle-eastern cultural narrative, since it describes the cognitive formation of a specific Semitic consciousness, described be Sapir/Whorf in their theories concerning psycholinguistic relationships and the formation of evolutionary cultural traits determined by the language one speaks. In the Arabic/Jewish context, all politics evolving in that region are seen as an irreversible sequence of events resembling fate/destiny obsessed narratives and their associated eschatological myths which originated from that region on earth.
I know this may fly over your heavy and bloated political theory parameters, but given time, you may come to realize the eloquent and descriptive power of this word in certain contexts.

Is definitely not a Middle-Eastern narrrative, but a very Western/Middle European imperialist one, even if it made the US invade the ME several times and bombard it. Like people using German terms on Turtle Island in a context of predominant use of English, which is another level of Euro jingoism.

What is the Anishinabe term for "worldview", again?

Damn I can't recall it, but translated from ancient texts it means " maggots on penis "

And doing a quick search, I found that there's this NSBM band from Ukraine, Nokturnal Mortum, that named one of its albums "Weltanshauung".

Interesting...

Their "Voice of Steel " is awesome. They are totally post-baroque.

This has nothing to do with their ideologies, death of the author etc, I'm referring to the aesthetics within a genre.

Sounds like a RCP flunky is mad that they can't see their favorite shitty metal band. Yawn.

"Antifa has no place in Oakland because it is a racist, reactionary, reductive, counter-revolutionary, and nihilistic organization that has attacked workers and community members " ahahaha what a fucking joke article

They're both jokes.

Concern troll is probably fascist trying to sow division troll.

You lose troll: this website divided everyone into unique egos years ago!

This post is clearly meant to sow division

Which came first? Do you feel that Richie Blackmore originated the frenetic 12 bar blues on ice sound and evolved the proto-metal 4 chord sound before Tommy Iomi?

Yeah October 22nd is an RCP front group. RCP is viciously trying to undercut other visible resistance to become the only game in town. Don't take this fucking clown's critiques seriously, they are disingenuous.

I think he's Musicians against Mussolini

"I'm not a Nazi. Yes, I'm proud of my Nazi Grandfather, but that doesn't make me a Nazi!"
"Yes, I've said some 'controversial' knee-jerk-racist anti-immigrant things, but that doesn't make me a Nazi!"
"Yeah, we turned a Nazi propaganda poster into a t-shirt, but that doesn't make me a Nazi!"

Uh, if it walks like a duck . . .

Ja ja... and "Panzer Division Marduk" does not symbolizes anything Nazi. It is only a second level ov symbolic figuration of the band honoring Germans fighting for the preservation of Nordic culture, up against der invasions of the cultural marxist and their hordes of Kazar Jooooz, mein fräu!

lol some guy at a bar said that antifa was zionist and this shaped this person's worldview.

there are black and latinx antifascists in the bay area.

The performances at the opera house for the next month almost exclusively with white performers.

White people can organize autonomously and the idea that they have to submit to movement leaders (aka al sharpton and liberals) is wack. This is the same old outside agitator bs. Dear white people, please dont wait for my approval to act.

As an anarchist involved in the Bay Area metal scene for a long time I can say for certain that there are way more brown (especially metalero) metal heads in comparison to antifa.

It's true that some of the most legendary southern US metal bands had prominent latino band members. Think of the great Slayer, Terrorizer, Possessed, Morbid Angel (probably the first closest thing to BM in the US), Death, Fear Factory...

But I'll say "Possessed" one more time. These guys were pure satanic metal and just as much latino.

So Marduk are not Nazis, but hella NSBM fans dig their music and they have songs praising Panzer divisions, but i can see why ppl would critique shutting them down. Also the German zionist antifa have very little to do with the rest of the antifa movement. NeoNazis are making big moves in Black Metal scenes and Mexican NSBM(national socialist black metal) is particularly on the rise even in the bay area. Golden Dawn in Greece were largely started by NSBM types too. For the most part all the antifa I've encountered in real life have a nuanced opinion about metal and blackmetal, but I'm sure there are some folks out their with ignorant opinions.

So the actual points of this article are drowned out by the over generalization and obvious ignorance and bias against anarchists and antifa.

This is borderline ZOG conspiracy theory.

"On Bay Area Antifa’s Facebook page they post frequently from the website https://itsgoingdown.org/ (aka IGD) which is an insurrectionary anarchist website advocating the formation of Antifa chapters across the U.S. IGD is encouraging anarchists to form Antifa chapters and proclaim themselves “allies” of marginalized people and claim leadership for themselves rather than work directly as true allies. IGD’s motto is “Choosing Sides Getting Organized”. Accordingly, IGD and Antifa are “choosing sides” supporting Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

This foisting of a racist Zionist organization upon movements emerging in response to the election of Donald Trump is reminiscent of infiltration of movements by agent provocateurs such as COINTELPRO. Antifa’s parent organization in Germany supports the occupation of Palestine which is interconnected to a larger foreign policy by the U.S. and its allies to invade and occupy lands in West Asia. We should not let our movements be infiltrated and coopted by organizations supporting U.S. military aggression.

For its part, Bay Area Antifa is perpetuating the anarchist pattern of claiming leadership on issues affecting marginalized people while simultaneously excluding marginalized people from their efforts. This is particularly true in Oakland where anarchists are commonly viewed as outsiders by historic organizers. "

So you ran into the infamous anti-germans who are a marginal group of antifa and than started saying everyone you disagree with who is related to antifa is a zionist. Also I'm pretty sure IGD never called themselves allies and antifa strategy isn't some monolithic whites only thing. I'm usually suss about most formal antifa groups, but this is just wildly unfair and ignores the fact that in PDX and Seattle in the 80s and 90s antifa and antiracists organized directly with groups of revolutionary people of color to drive the Nazis out.

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