I never would have thought our American lexicon would suddenly become filled with words like "white supremacy", "white nationalism" and "AFA". But something's been happening in the USofA these past few years and, folks, it ain't pretty!
"Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) was a militant anti-fascist organization founded in the UK in 1985, by a wide range of anti-racist and anti-fascist organisations.
It was active in fighting far-right organisations, particularly the National Front and British National Party. It was notable in significantly reducing fascist street activity in Britain in the 1990s. AFA had what they called a 'twin-track' strategy: physical confrontation of fascists on the streets and ideological struggle against fascism in working class communities.
Among its more notable mobilisations were violent confrontations such as the 'Battle of Waterloo' in 1992 and non-violent events such as the Unity Carnivals of the early 1990s." ~ Wikipedia
Are such organizations useful in the struggle against fascism? That's a question I've been wrestling with these past few days. Based on my observations of this past Saturday's demonstration, I tend to agree with Andrew Gilligan of the Sunday Telegraph who said that "anti-racist groups fuel the very division, polarisation and tension they are supposed to counter."
I say that because I believe members of the AFA were largely responsible for the violence that broke out. To be sure, no encounter would have occurred if two members of the NPI had not decided to insert themselves and their hateful views into the demonstration. On the other hand, I believe it was members of the AFA who provoked and finally directly contributed to the fracas.
What do you think?