We say all of that because we want to contextualize the current framing in the U.S. of anti-fascist work. We also want to question the tendency of too many on the White left to so easily permit the struggle to be defined by state issued parameters or by other dysfunctional concepts burped up by white supremacy.
First, we state again very clearly that showing up to those rallies and protests is good. People should show up. We say this because when we offer a critical analysis of these rallies, the only thing limited thinkers take away from our critique is that we are saying don't do anything. Anyone who knows us knows that cannot be what we are saying. Our point again is its good to show up, but that should be seen as the absolute bare minimum of what needs to be done. Just because you showed up and physically pushed open white supremacists into the evening is not a cause for celebration. You are only just now doing what we have been doing for centuries and the white vision of this struggle is not the default vision of what needs to take place.
Show up, but then recognize that your work is just beginning. After showing up, you must take time to carefully map out how you can cut off violent white supremacy from the base. And, that is by developing and advancing a program of organizing within White communities. This means going door to door and talking to your White family and community members. Educating them on the contradictions of this society and how its core objective is to turn working people against each other with the myth of white supremacy. Teaching them that capitalism is a backward system that oppresses the masses of human existence. White people need to hear that message because guess what? They are not hearing it. That's why so many of them are so open and willing to accept the sorry white supremacist message because those racist forces don't just show up at rallies to confront you. They are organizing in White communities. So, any White person who is serious has to acknowledge showing up and running them out is just the first step. The second and much more difficult and dedicated step, is devising a plan to organize White people against capitalism and white supremacy. This work requires time, patience, and commitment. Something too many of these people running around today lack. Also, since you will need to facilitate education around these issues, that means you will have to develop a comprehensive understanding of them yourself. That requires a strong and consistent political education program. And, that requires you belonging to an organization that can facilitate that program and your efforts to reach these communities. All of these requirements are the reasons this work isn't taking place because this work will need much more than the simple act of showing up for a day very couple of weeks of adrenaline based excitement.
The reason we can say this is because we are directly involved in the organizing work. And we have been for decades. So, we know that since we have to organize our people against this system, we are never worried about how the system portrays our people. We know that we would be insane to expect our enemies to portray us fairly and with truth. That's why we have such a difficult time understanding why so many people in the white left are so shocked at the capitalist media's most recent negative campaign against Antifa movements. Did you except fairness from the corporate media? Did you expect that this capitalist media machine would really honestly educate the public about the forces that oppose this system? If you did you are living in a fantasy world. And when you react that way you expose us to your naivete about this system. Even if you naively believe that you have rights and there is a constitution that protects you, and that you have a voice, and all that other bourgeois nonsense. You still cannot escape the necessity for organization because even to get the push against the system required to get the small victories of getting your vision articulated, you must have some level of organization to make that happen.
Any way you slice it, organization is the key. There is absolutely no way of getting around it. And if you are tired of seeing the forces of evil seem to come out on top, its because we continue to resist the necessity to become organized. We continue to believe that one person can be an individualist with no discipline, and defeat this highly organized system that demands discipline. And your continued belief in this fallacy exposes your arrogance and your egoism while people are suffering.
On another note, why are so many people on the White left continually outraged by the unwillingness of the capitalist media to legitimize you? Did you just start engaging in this work last night because only a very inexperienced organizer/activist would actually think the capitalist press is there to present any type of argument that contains a grain of integrity. We have news for you. If you take yourself out on the streets in any way whatsoever, to the state, you are a threat against its interest. And if you are a threat, it is not going to let its appendages, like its media, present you in any light other than that of a terrorist and social deviant. Maybe some of you thought your white skin would protect you from being disrespected as we are as policy, but you are finding out that simply wearing black is enough to turn them against you when you take any type of stance against them.
Finally, when are you going to accept that there's no fundamental difference between the white supremacist capitalist system, and the violent white supremacists represented by the Klan, neo-nazis, etc? I get it. The "traditional" white supremacists are an easier mark, but we aren't concerned with easy. We're concerned with justice. To focus just on the street level white supremacists is like killing all the bugs infesting a house that is completely rotted out. The focus cannot just be the street level racists. It has to be the sky level racist system. It has to be the capitalist system. The capitalist system moves all the street level racist activities, organizations, everything. When are you going to stop settling for the easy work? For every person the street level white supremacists kill, the racist system kills millions of us.
Its time to move to those who want to change this system, not just make peace to live side by side with it.