Antifa’s plans for this weekend’s Patriot Prayer rally were ruined after San Francisco police made a bold announcement. In the wake of recent protests, security will be on high alert with special emphasis on preventing the use of the alt-left’s favorite makeshift weapons — sticks and clubs.
Using the recent Boston free speech rally as a positive example, City officials are working hard to protect San Francisco residents from violence, starting with police being ultra-visible. “Every available officer is expected to be working on Saturday, so no discretionary time off.” Announced Police spokesman Sgt. Michael Andraychak.
Not only will there be a lot more officers on the street, in order to clamp down on Antifa’s violent hate tactics, they will be enforcing a prohibition on weapons of any kind. “no weapons — not just fire arms — no baseball bats, no clubs, no knives.” Backpacks will not be allowed either.
The Orwellian doublespeak used by the alt-left is not an accident. “Fascists,”– real hard-core, cross-burning KKK and Neo-Nazi types, have historically been known to use violence. Anti-Fascists can use violence too, they say. Not just for self-defense either.
Antifa gets to decide what fascism is, so they use it to label anyone with views different from theirs. For example, Heather MacDonald is a Manhattan Institute think tank scholar, well known as an expert on law enforcement. MacDonald specializes in the “complex relationship between law enforcement and minority communities.”
One of the first to conclude that anti-police protests like the ones that happened in Ferguson, Milwaukee, and Baltimore have had the result of increased urban crime in those cities. The “Ferguson Effect” is now considered valid by both sides.
After she was scheduled to speak at Claremont McKenna College. A group of students objected. MacDonald should not be permitted to speak; she is “a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, a classist, and ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live.” Worst of all, they wrote, she was “challenging “the right of Black people to exist.”
MacDonald supports the theory that when police are afraid of the community, more young black men are being killed by each other. She does not oppose the right of black people to exist, she maintains that their right to exist “is being threatened by militant anti-police sentiment.”
Backing up the claims MacDonald is a “fascist” was not even necessary. Picking the right emotionally charged language to make the college administrators believe she might not make a good guest did the trick. They didn’t need to prove the claims to get what they wanted. MacDonald was “physically blocked from the auditorium.”
Philosophers say the purpose of words is to convey reality. For Antifa, words are used to distort reality. The reason to call someone ‘fascist’ is not because it is true, but because it is “politically advantageous.” The same goes for racist, sexist or the latest catch all, “White Nationalist.” Antifa are “in effect claiming to oppose everything that is bad — and, of course, it is Antifa who decide what is bad.”
Antifa then goes one step further. They are willing to get tough.
The day Trump took office was a key date for Antifa. They started the morning off right by torching trash cans. As the day progressed, they threw rocks and bottles at cops, tossed pavement chunks through business windows and set a limousine on fire. When Breitbart correspondent Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at Berkeley, the alt-left “set fires and stormed buildings.” Ann Coulter pulled out of a similar invite, fearing violence.
Patriot Prayer is a conservative Christian group led by activist Joey Gibson. The rallies he holds “are for the promotion of free speech.” He says. This is about promoting freedom and promoting spirituality. Conservatives and libertarians have to get off Facebook and get onto the streets because we’ve let the left have them for too long. Antifa has had no impact on me and my free speech, but they’ve had more of an impact on others’ free speech because they try to make threats,” he said.
Gibson says the same way that not all White Americans are Klansmen, not all liberals are violent. “To be honest, some of the people in that group are really good, passionate people, but the rest of them are just kids who cover their faces up and run around burning stuff down.”
Without coming out and actually saying it, Antifa are only trying to convince the world that anyone who thinks like them should be exempt from the law in order to accomplish their goals. Anyone who thinks differently from them deserves no legal protection at all.
By prohibiting anything that could be used as a weapon from this weekend’s protest, San Francisco is out to prevent a repeat of what happened in April at Berkely, when “hundreds of Antifa activists and Trump supporters brawled using homemade shields, sticks, batons, pepper-spray and other makeshift weapons.”
Antifa Spokesperson Yvette Felarca was one of the organizers. According to her, “violence against people on the far-right is ‘not a crime.’”