One of the funniest things a copper ever asked me was when did I first join Unite Against Fascism and how did I hear about the fascist counter protest I was now kettled in. They were police medics, attending to me after one of their lot had swiped me with a truncheon. I had spent half an hour telling them I could not stay in the kettle as I was not long out of surgery for a slipped disc and they eventually relented. One of them was particularly curious about my attendance. “So how did you hear about them then? Have you been to meetings? Who’s in charge? Where did you get your information from?” I laughed at him. I asked him why he was a copper, and what inspired him to join, as he was being quite caring and how that seemed at odds with his profession. He went quiet after that.
I laughed not only at the absurdity of these coppers expecting an honest answer from me, but that they would do so under the guise of caring whilst I was having my blood pressure and temperature checked. Even more hilarious was this notion that I had anything at all to do with Unite Against Fascism, I had quite publicly disowned them, alongside other centrist influenced fronts ‘fighting’ fascism (I’m thinking of you English Disco Lovers), who’d just as quickly shop you to the cops (state fascists) for not abiding by their rules, and ostracised people of colour (including myself) who objected to their inadequate defense. One of them even laughed at me for using the term poc, because “no BME person would ever refer to themselves as coloured”. So no, I had never joined UAF and I was not there by their instruction. I was not aligned to any other group either, there had been no meeting and I wasn’t reporting back to anyone, I was there of my own volition. I motivated myself.
See, that’s the thing about antifa, we are not affiliated to any groups, we are not a structure, or organisation of a subset of society you can eventually learn, understand and contain, you cannot proscribe an idea or a feeling. We are autonomous individuals united by a shared repulsion for fascists. We learned about the Jewish holocaust and vowed Never Again. We stood by as children at the horrors of Bosnia and Rwanda, and questioned the futility of Geneva conventions. We are upstanding citizens of our communities, and believe in one human race. We are not violent by default, tolerance is a peace treaty not a moral absolute. In criminal law, we have the right to defend ourselves against a violent attack yet the state expects us to quietly let fascists run amok in our communities, targeting entire peoples for the purpose of genocide and yet somehow WE’RE the problem?
If you’re not antifa, you’re a fascist. If you’re not antifa, or a fascist, you’re a coward and most likely a fascist underneath it all. There is no fence-sitting in the struggle for our humanity, and fascists can’t be re-branded, whatever the mainstream media has to say. How long will the majority world stand around and witness the dehumanisation of minorities in the west?
Perhaps this time the narrative will accurately reflect the race to the rise of fascism in all western countries instead of blaming it all on Germany, whilst claiming the rest of them saved the Jews. How odd that the UK received credit for saving the Jews around the same time they had condemned 11 million Indians to death by famine. Hitler had in fact styled his administration on the British Raj yet this kernel of truth remains hidden from view. Perhaps this explains in part the pernicious nature of fascism, how it skulks away and hides under a rock until conditions are optimal, because white supremacist narratives are dishonest and even when they purport to be in opposition, they’re actually not.
Rather it is a tool by which they measure their own power and reach, to see how many can be mobilised to defend this most treacherous of assertions, that white people deserve to rule the world and reap the lion’s share of resources.