One of the earlier posts to this blog concerned me feeling “stuck in the middle” between the Sanders and Clinton backers. I was too old to be part of Bernie’s Millennial base, but seemed too young for Hillary’s base. I like to say I have seen things from all sides; I backed Bernie in the primary, Hillary in the general, and now see myself as a member of “The Resistance”.
But could there be a “Generation Gap” among “The Resistance”. The actions of the “AntiFa” in places like Charlottesville, Berkeley, etc seem to have exposed one. On one side, you have those who seem to say “Let the ‘alt-right’ speak,” their rhetoric will show them as the bigots they are. Alas, Trump may have helped give the deplorable confidence to come out and spread the message. A second group advocates for the kind of non-violent, pacifist, resistance of Martin Luther King, etc. I more and more think that this approach may better be called passive-ism, as I have stated before, I think the “Community Defense” model of the Black Panthers, etc is a superior tactic.
These first two approaches are that of an older generation. Some of the activists of the Millennial Generation and the trailing end of “Generation X” have gone “all in”. They are the “Black Bloc”, the ones taking to the streets to battle the “Alt-Right”. They are the folks recording the police, or “doxxing” fascists. With the ideas of White Supremacy, or at least White Superiority, resurgent, resistance through direct action may be the best option. As an old anti-racist poster I once saw said “Pull them up–before they take root”. Perhaps a better phrase for now if “Cut them down, before they spread”
Choosing My Battles
I had a guest for part of this past weekend. One of my Facebook friends came to visit some of his family. I had to pick him up at the train station and we did go out for a late dinner. The conversation centered around two things; the McGregor-Mayweather fight and my life.
I felt at times like I was being analyzed and interrogated at the same time. But there was one thing I took away, I need to put me first a bit more.
One aspect of this may be me scaling back on my resistance activities a bit. Fear not, I am not giving up the fight. I just may be picking my battles based on two separate, but related questions; “Do I have the time” or “Can I make the time”.
And much of what I do when I’m not on the streets may still be helpful when I do take to the streets. I want to learn how to search for information that can be used to out fascists, yes I want to learn how to “doxx” people. I want to be able to better defend myself and others against fascists, etc. I may even want to finish starting my app–again.