What is Antifa?

Antifa and far-right group the Proud Boys had a violent encounter in Oregon that put a prominent conservative blogger in the hospital. But who are the American "anti-fascists?"

Anti-Facist Crash Course

8 people were injured in Portland, Oregon during a clash between right-wing groups and “antifa” during a right-wing rally. The conflict between conservative marchers and black-clad protesters in Portland, Ore., which left a conservative journalist roughed up and bloodied, has put new attention on a movement dedicated to confronting white supremacists and right-wing extremists, sometimes with violence. Antifa members campaign against actions they view as authoritarian, homophobic, racist or xenophobic. Although antifa is not affiliated with other movements on the left — and is sometimes viewed as a distraction by other organizers — their members sometimes work with other local activist networks that are rallying around the same issues, such as the Occupy movement or Black Lives Matter.

Short for “anti-fascist,” Antifa refers to a collective of leftist groups employing militant or radical tactics to protest oppression of minorities and the disenfranchised people by the wealthy elite or racist governments. Antifa has its roots in resistance to neo-Nazism in Germany. Following the fall of the Berlin wall, groups have been active in the United States since the late 80s and 90s, where they were originally known as “anti-racist action” groups. It is impossible to know how many people count themselves as members. Its cohorts acknowledge that the movement is secretive, without official leaders and organized into autonomous local cells. It is also only one in a constellation of activist movements that have come together in the past few years to oppose the far right.

They notably wear all black and are often linked with other progressive groups as the Black Bloc. In response to the 2016 election, the Antifa movement in the U.S. has grown to approximately 200 groups. Many factions protested at President Trump’s inauguration, the 2017 Berkeley protests and the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville. Despite being linked to “anarchist extremism” by political groups, the U.S. government does not classify Antifa as a terrorist organization according to The White House. Many Antifa activists say their goals are to ensure neo-Nazis and fascists can’t spout hateful rhetoric in peace.


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  • Alex B.
    07/02/2019 12:06

    Until they throw a milkshake with quickcrete(caustic as hell) at a gay Asian reporter and then beat him so badly he gets a brain hermorage while screaming they are progressive

  • Anthony B.
    07/02/2019 12:07

    they look.racist 🤥

  • Caryn K.
    07/02/2019 12:09

    Anything radical is stupid in my book

  • Keith S.
    07/02/2019 12:12

    Biggest bunch of cowards going

  • Barry M.
    07/02/2019 12:15

    Isn't the " U S Military " ------ANTIFA ????

  • Korey C.
    07/02/2019 12:22

    Antifa = Anti-(F)irst-(A)mendment. Bunch of coward little pukes.

  • Frederick T.
    07/02/2019 12:24

    They should just wear hijabs and bhurkas then they cant be touched because its racism 😂

  • Ammu S.
    07/02/2019 12:27

    Antifa woowow! Go and fuck kkk and all like minds

  • Beth O.
    07/02/2019 12:28

    Our Grandfathers were ANTIFA.

  • Dorothy R.
    07/02/2019 12:29

    THEY are the violent ones. smh

  • Ryan K.
    07/02/2019 12:32

    They same ones to blame for Charlottesville- Antifa

  • Valerie F.
    07/02/2019 12:34

    Do any americans remember Idi Amin? He was looked on as a buffoon by most of the world. Remember? Do any of you remember how dangerous he became? Only he dudnt threaten world security. Well....just take a long look at trumpanzee because he has all the makings of another Idi Amin. Just as stupid but much more dangerous because he is a threat to the whole world.

  • Mary A.
    07/02/2019 12:39

    Trumps assholes

  • Guilherme N.
    07/02/2019 12:42

    "prominent conservative blogger in the hospital" is the kind of headline that brightens the day

  • Endy L.
    07/02/2019 12:45

    Funny cuze Neo nazis actually ran over ppl with a car. Yeah remember Charlottesville... But none of these conservatives said shit when that happened... Throw them a milkshake n they have a mental breakdown lol

  • Ronnie L.
    07/02/2019 12:52

    We the people are against the fascist movement, antifa.

  • Richard E.
    07/02/2019 12:54

    would it be possible to get one of these protest groups to do a group dance like M. JACKSON THRILLER .. Maube like in first musical where gangs fight

  • Jan L.
    07/02/2019 12:57

    ANTIFA is an American terrorist group funded by George Soros and Obama’s OFA group that organizes riots around America.

  • Don H.
    07/02/2019 13:04

    Antifa themselves are a reincarnation of the “Sturmabteilung” of Nazi Germany.

  • Marit M.
    07/02/2019 13:08

    So people that protest against facsism/nazis are now the theat...