The shoe bottom piece of filth who carried out this vicious attack was released (after being arrested) on his own recognizance e.g. based on the judge's decision, this rotten piece of horse manure was permitted to leave custody without having to post bail money. All of this should be overwhelming to most logically thinking people. The real kicker though is that the attorney for this idiot claimed in court during his arraignment that he has some psychological/medical condition that makes him take everything, including the U.S. president's statements, literally. The argument being that this person, hearing that anyone who doesn't "respect" the anthem, must be confronted and that is the official reason being given for why this loser took the violent action that he did.
This last point is the point we wish to focus on here. Obviously we don't believe anything coming from this attorney, but it is worth noting that when we discuss community defense, what we are saying is not just that we have to engage massive organizing efforts to stop drug dealing, domestic violence, police terrorism, etc., within our communities. We certainly see community defense as an element of revolutionary organizing to achieve those objectives, but we want to make the point that community defense can also be something as simple as our communities and the people within them being prepared enough to handle people like this deranged bully. For example, I know plenty of people who never stand for that so-called anthem. I, myself, have not stood for it since I was 17 years old, 40 years ago. I regularly go to sporting events, graduations, and other events that routinely play the so-called anthem and I and many others refuse to stand, remove our caps, or show any level of respect for an anthem and a country that has never respected me, my people, and any people from oppressed communities. Often, when I'm not respecting that anthem, I am wearing (because this is just how I've always dressed) clothes that make my political positions clear. This is true for me as well as countless other people. Still, no one has ever made a move to seriously question me and certainly not to physically attack me. The question we have to ask is why?
Of course, when we are talking about a 39 year old man attacking a pre-teenager, we are obviously talking about a bully and that is a central point to realize. Most of these people bullying colonized people, LGBTQ people, women, etc., are bullies. Yes, there are many who are just unhinged, but the overwhelming majority of these people challenging people for speaking a language other than English, calling us n words, telling people to go back somewhere, etc. These people are complete cowards. Clearly, the reason these cowards don't challenge people like me in those environments is because they know that we are not cowards. They know that challenging us will more than likely result in consequences for them and they are definitely not wrong.
What we have to be able to do is take examples like this to a higher level. We have to realize that what these cowards detect in people like me is a confidence because I am very capable of defending myself physically and intellectually. Imagine if we have communities everywhere who are organized to protect themselves the same way? If we had that, these types of attacks would subside overnight. They would disappear because people would be forced to respect us in ways we don't currently benefit from on a collective level. Our objective is to take individual levels of protection and extend them to collective levels of protection. Then to take those collective levels of protection and grow and develop them to international capacity organizing work to achieve revolutionary change. In other words, what I want to do more than anything is help people learn how to defend themselves as I've learned to do.
If we want to see this type of terrorism stop. If we want our children to be respected and safe. We have to stop acting like the pathway to make those things happen is relying on racist and violent police. Or thinking us being the most peaceful and cooperative people we can be will keep us safe. Or, that we can convince these terrorists to see our humanism. None of those things have been successful in 500+ years of people trying them. What will work is us finally understanding that power concedes nothing without a demand. When we are organized as the masses of people these cowards will leave us alone. Even if any of them are not actually cowards, they will still leave us alone. They will stop because they won't wish to deal with the consequences we will be prepared to inflict upon them for disrespecting us.
We can get there, but it will require us becoming focused and committed to engaging in that level of organizing work which is an entirely different level of work than that which is being carried out by the overwhelming majority of people out here claiming to be warriors for justice. We ask now, as we have continued to ask for quite some time, for those interested in hearing more about this to reach out and let us know of your interest. We will win the moment we become dedicated to standing up for ourselves.