Activists and Violence … Life as an activist…

I am a peaceful protestor …. I have joked in the past about punching nazi’s … and to be honest … I really want to … however I am not as fast as I use to be … and I have an internal rage that I have fought for years. I have tried to learn from my peace activist peeps… but deep down… I struggle…

    My parents were smart enough to realize this and let me take martial arts classes that had a great instructor.  They found outlets for physical excercise … and kept me pretty busy… I never got in a physical fight except 2 times…unless you want to count sparring…which I don’t …

Once in 6th grade homeroom class …  when a little shithead … was pulling my hair and whispering niggerlover …. He got punched in the face and stuffed into his locker with my padlock with my one of my best friends helping When Mr Dorsom our principal heard what had happened … he let me go and expelled the little nazi ass … Eddy my buddy got suspended for 3 days  … the next night several rocks went through our homes window and a cross was burning  on our front yard… …  My Dad went running down the stairs in his underwear and my grandfathers  shotgun in hand … Mom chasing after him yelling where did you get that gun… Milton come back here … I heard the boom and then tires squealing and then police cars and fire truck … no one was shot and my mom who hated guns … yelled at my dad … who had hidden it for 12 years in their closet … all of this because my parents were fosterparents to a biracial 4 year old kid… the kid I stuffed in the locker had seen my little brother and it turned out his dad was involved with the KKK.  

  

    The 2nd time was in highschool when a kid spit on me… I had been taking karate classes for a while and kept my cool… but later in the day … he said something as he brushed past me in the hall and I realized that the dumbazz bully had decided to bully me… so when he decided to do it again … I tripped him and leaned down and said parking lot across the street after school… after I beat the crap out of him … which took about 2 minutes… he was much taller but could not fight and tried to back out it … saying he wouldn’t hit a girl … he could spit on one but hit one…oh no….  ( I was trained well by my instructors and family members )  I looked down at him with his bloody broken nose and broken hand… and said … speak to me again .. look my way and I will beat the shit out of you…

of course the next day I got called into the principals office .. expecting to get expelled or at least suspended … I was given only a warning as it was not on school grounds …  when I got home … my mother told me go to your room and don’t you come down untill your father gets home … ( this did not bode well for me ) 

When I heard my dads work van pull into the drive at 5pm… I thought  oh crap I am in trouble now… because my dad normally didn’t get home until after 6 or 7 pm at night…  I heard the front door open and close and then my mom yelling my full name… ( this also did not bode well for me)

     My dad said “have a seat young lady…and tell me what happened …”  I told him and he looked at me with a really strange look and said “go to your room until dinners ready.”  After dinner, I was once again called into the living room and dad said … I have thought about this and am not going to punish you because it was basically self defense but I do not want to hear of you fighting again young lady… you have been brought up better than that … now go to your room and I will think of your punishment … as I turned to leave and was climbing the staircase to my room… he said “Michelle … did you really have to break his nose ???”  I looked at him and said … umm yeah I didn’t mean to… he just ticked me off…” “and he had a foot advantage on me…” My dad nodded at me and said … go to your room… 

       My punishment was to split and stack 21 cords of wood … (thats a lot of wood and I had to carry in wood for the 2 fireplaces that they had added to the house )

But later in the year the kid that I had beaten up showed up in my earth science class taught by a short little teacher named Mr. Vanderhoort … and this kid decided to mouth off at him…when he decided to call the teacher a little nazi and do a nazi salute …..Mr V was having none of that and headed for the back of the class yelling get out of my class right now….. (I have never seen someone his size move so quick ) The kid swung at the teacher and missed and threw a desk and escaped out the back door… with Mr. V chasing him… one of the kids looked at me and said … you should go beat him up again… he’s a nazi… It turned out his dad was also a member of the KKK…

   So here I sit 40 years later and watching whats going on … and yeah I do know activists that will punch a Nazi … 2 years ago I and 2 friends went to an event in Lansing MI … mainly to protect and support friends who was standing up against the anti muslims hate group aka (white supremacists aka proud boys aka prayer patriots aka  aka nazi’s)  we stood against maybe 50 to 75 of them … it was very ugly and you knew that if these guys caught you in an ally you would be injured or killed … for so called “christian patriots ” my mama would have washed their mouths out with soap…  there were a few there I would have liked to punched.       

     I watched my friend as she stood there in silence and smiling as the nazi’s kept moving the ” 30 ” foot seperation ropes the cops had set up to get closer and closer untill they were 5 ft away and another activist stepped up and told her she needed to step back as they were afraid of violence towards her… as we stepped back and others stepped forward … other white supremacist started going around the lines …  I had to block a crazy bible lady  screaming at my friend she was going to hell…  and then another guy showed up with a dog…and another crazy bible guy we stepped between them all …we ended up leaving after a few hours … and as we  all marched back to the cars I spotted a vehicle circling a parking lot … yep Confederate flags…then I notice there is a gunman on top of the roof of the home depot … and its not the cops … I flag down one of 3 bicycle cops (yeah like 3 cops can stop 75 people with ak47s or the 200 to 250 on our side) and snap photos as they force the guy off the roof … we went home and as I process it my head that night we hear that a fight  happened between some of the activist and the nazi’s.  

  I send a message out to see what has happened and of course the  Nazi’s  tried to drive down some activists and out came the Antifa to protect the activists … the Nazi’s got arrested and it was over…

   These days I see the white supremacist … showing up and sadly I see other groups who think they are doing good by showing up at marches …they have no clue what they are walking into ( normally its gun rights and fundamental  Christians who think they are protecting Christianity or children or are Anti abortion ) then when the crap hits the fan they are shocked … go do your own marches … unless you are white supremacists…

This past couple of weeks we have seen the deaths of a Patriot Prayer member … and activists protecting other activists after a stupid young kid caught up in this bullship shot and killed 2 and destroyed the life of  another … I have been trying to figure out how to educate people … YOU MUST KNOW what you are walking into … I am furious with the kids parents…

1. There is a difference between a protest and a march …. if you don’t know the difference … you might want to learn that. 

2.  Know who you are following … I recently saw an organization trying to draw attention to child trafficking show up in Portland … what the hell do you think you are doing … are you  aware you are being used by white supremists who can now say … oh we are protecting kids … or are you trying to legitimately trying to draw attention and thought you would co op an event …. or was  it the q anon fringe???  I have seen and talked to people who thought they were going to a gun rights rally … only to realize … oh crap we are hanging out with Nazi’s or white supremists… and if you want a political rally … go do one …

I have seen it on the other side … you might think you are going to a peaceful protest and a bunch of black block antifa shows up… or are there goverment or police involved in causing issues.. Trust me it happens… here in the US and abroad ..

during Occupy Wallstreet days … “someone” donated jackets to a lot of the ‘organizers”  when they decided  to start  arresting people … they  just went for the people in those special jackets …

3.  Pay attention to where you are going and who surrounds you … I was at a protest and stepped to the racists side to photograph the protestors when a drunk 50 plus year old came up verbally yelling and spitting at me and shoving at me …… the cops came and guided him away and when he came back one of the protestors  jumped to my side and said ..”aww … you can’t have all of the fun… us activists have to protect each others ” 

Today as I write this I am hearing of 200 protestors being stuck on a bridge in London … kettled by the police… out of those 200 most of them probably thought they were going for a bike ride ( still researching ) but obviously the police has set them up… I have had more friends end up accidentally arrested than those who have planned to get arrested… and I have had a lot of people who planned on getting arrested. 

I am wondering how a 17 years old is going to spend the next few years of his life … did the Proud Boys  set him up knowing he’s a kid, (did they set up mom and dad ) and because punishment is more likely lenient used this kid .. and yeah I have talked to white supremists and gang members that would set you up… so don’t be stupid … Know who you are with and stay together.  Where the hell was his parents ???

4. Have an exit plan … these days … there are too many crazy people out there … do not count on the police… I am sure that Patriot prayer guy in Portland thought oh I am here to stand for cops … they will protect me … hmm did not happen …stay with the group but watch out for ketteling by police. 

  In my home state,  I watched an elderly guy get beaten by proud boys… I have met the guy … he’s a peaceful protestor who thought he was at a peace protest … we have probably been at 4 to 10 events together… not knowing that the cops were backing the proud boys who present themselves as back the blue …. every cop is not a good cop….

So if you are going to a protest or march … realize you are on your own … stay safe … and learn from more experienced organizers and activists… just know it’s a new ball game my peeps…  meanwhile … I am going to try and stay peaceful …

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.     

John F. Kennedy

One thought on “Activists and Violence … Life as an activist…

  1. Okay A.A., we’ve both lost a step or two. Like you I prefer peaceful means. So do a lot of people. However they lack the training.

    How about you and a few trusted veterans rent a hall and start classes on peaceful activism?

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