The Thin Blue Line flag – a national symbol of police support – has joined the list of symbols Antifa deems as “fascist.”
This past Saturday, August 19, a “free speech” rally was held in Boston in protest of the riots in Charlottesville, SC. Of course anti-protestors showed up, which included Black Lives Matter and Antifa. Prior to the event, AntifaBoston posted a flyer on Twitter displaying various symbols with the headline “Beware of Fascists coming to Boston Aug.19”. This flyer included the Thin Blue Line flag.
Most people would not think of police when considering groups that Antifa finds fascist, but the confusion is cleared up in the comments below; one user posts “I’d like to know more about the inclusion of the Thin Blue Line,” to which AntifaBoston replied, “The police are inherently a function of white supremacy. Blue line is often associated with ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ antagonistic toward BLM.”
Let that sink in for a moment.
Police are inherently a function of white supremacy. How?! Because police forces are predominantly white? In New York City, the police force is 47% non-white. This is the same police force that claims it’s difficult to hire African-Americans because they tend to have criminal records. So if departments are lacking in diversity, it’s not for lack of trying. A quick study in history will show that it was typically the elite that managed policing, so perhaps this is what Antifa means by it being a function of white supremacy. Unfortunately, this is just another case of Antifa being ignorant. Policing is necessary. In order to have a free, civilized republic, we must keep order -- and for that we need police. Police enforce the laws, and they provide protection. Without them, it would be a free-for-all. There would be no room for enjoyment or leisure in your life because you would constantly be protecting your possessions and your life.
Secondly, let’s review the definition of Fascism, since that’s getting thrown around a lot lately:
A political philosophy, movement, or regime (such as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
Autocratic/Autocracy: government in which one person possesses unlimited power
Dictatorial/Dictator: one holding complete autocratic control: a person with unlimited governmental power
Obviously, we do not have a dictator, nor an autocratic government. If we did, we wouldn’t have presidential elections, and we wouldn’t be having all these riots exercising our freedom of speech in the first place. If you don’t believe me, perhaps you need to read your Constitution and take a short course in American government.