I've seen so much propaganda that it's Antifa causing the violence at protests. At first I assumed it was true, but then I started picking at threads to see what came loose.
It turns out, the violence has a lot to do with right wing extremists looking to stir the pot. For example, one of the shootings that prompted Trump to declare he was sending in the troops was of Patrick Underwood in Oakland by Steven Carrillo, who has ties to the Boogaloo movement.
On June 2, DHS circulated tweets that Antifa was storing bricks at protests sites to fuel them. It took a while to track down the source of the tweet, and it turned out to be a far right pro Trump biker by the name of Wolfman.
Reports from across the country are filtering in of arrests made of people with tactical gear, ammunition, guns, etc., with ties to the Boogaloo bois. https://theintercept.com/2020/07/15/geo ... ht-antifa/
-You have people like Kyle Rittenhouse, whose reckless vigilantism only inflames both sides.
-The three arrests early on in Vegas who were far right extremists.
-Two boogaloo boys were arrested on rioting charges in Columbia, SC.
-Trump supporter Matthew Lee Rupert from Galesburg setting a building on fire.
-The Antifa twitter account “Identity Evropa” actually turning out to be a white nationalist group trying to stir the pot.
-The right wing group Three Percenters had a member seen near the Minneapolis protests with an assault rifle. He was the only one with markings. Many others in camo carrying assault rifles were seen around those protests, including groups in trucks all armed.
-Between 2010 and 2016, about 35 percent of terrorist attacks in the US were found to be right-wing, versus 12 percent by left wing: https://www.adl.org/murder-and-extremis ... y-findings
-There’s quite a bit more as well, with evidence that there’s a modicum of organization to some of the groups: https://www.snopes.com/ap/2020/06/03/fa ... -s-cities/
Of course, opportunists who aren't extremists are found to be guilty of looting and vandalism every bit as much. But the flames of opportunity are being fanned by the extremes.
I saw a quote on social media stating “Just to be clear, when there are protests, there may be looters. When there are hurricanes, there may be looters. When fans celebrate a championship, there may be looters. Looters are not protesters, hurricanes, or fans. They are looters. Don’t equate or confuse one with the other.”This post isn’t intended in any way to say that left wing extremism isn’t a problem.
The point is that extremism, both from the left and the right, is the problem. Those of us on the left and right who are close enough to the middle to reach a hand across the aisle, we need grasp hands and stay united against the extremes. If we don’t, we’re going to be ripped apart. We can see it happening before our eyes.