Marc Bray: Trump and everyday anti-fascism beyond punching Nazis

Trump and everyday anti-fascism beyond punching Nazis

Marc Bray, Roar Magazine, January 23, 2017

The goal of everyday anti-fascism is to increase the social cost of oppressive behavior to the point where those who promote it see no option but to hide.

“Either change their views  

Or change your friends

If you have a racist friend

Now is the time, now is the time

For your friendship to end”

   — Racist Friend, The Special A.K.A.

 

Much attention has been directed toward the anonymous avenger who slugged the white supremacist “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer at the Trump Inauguration protest in Washington D.C., and with good reason. Yet the punch heard round the internet was far from the only anti-fascist action taken in DC this weekend.

In order to develop a broad anti-fascist agenda that aims to rip this weed out by the stem, we mustn’t overlook more seemingly mundane, even trivial, examples of what I argue amount to everyday anti-fascism that rely on developing an anti-fascist outlook that can hopefully stem the tide of bigotry unleashed by “everyday Trumpism.”

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