Protests in the Face of Racism and Fascism During an Epidemic

I stopped going to demonstrations that had any potential for violence or confrontation back in the early 1970s.

Any interaction with the Police that might possibly include arrest, which invariable results in severe emotional abuse and degradation along with the possibility of physical abuse, is not a situation I choose to put myself in.

Dare I say it.  I am afraid of the Police and rightfully so. I’m also old and walk slowly so running from danger is not an option.

These demonstrations are extremely dangerous.  We have a truly evil man in the White House who has pretty much given Police the authorization to use lethal force.

He is backed up by various ultra right wing paramilitary groups of thugs who want to start a race war.  One thing some seem to be doing in order to recognize each other is carrying an umbrella.  They are breaking windows and setting fires.  Many are armed and ready to kill people of color and liberals, progressives and people of the Left.  Numerous antisemitic incidents have been reported.

People…  Just last week we were sheltering in place to try to avoid infection with Covid 19. Trump was trying to prevent measures to allow voting by mail.

The right wing would like nothing better than to cancel the elections.

I am a gun owner.  Many people on the left don’t even have the shotgun or 9mm which I have for home defense.  Many of these people who are actively promoting a race war, they call the Boogaloo, are heavily armed and have practiced with those firearms.

Consider the risks before running into situations that may put your lives at risk from either violence or Covid 19.

I’m old I do my fighting with words and by voting.  I was young and crazy brave too once upon a time.  Don’t get killed or thrown in prison.  We need your votes come November.

One Response to “Protests in the Face of Racism and Fascism During an Epidemic”

  1. Charlie Says:

    I’ve had people say I’m “privileged “ because right now my full time job (a factory worker requiring me to work on site), living with my aging parents, and current custody battle apparently are “excuses”. Anywhere that many people could have me bringing home the virus. Any rally I choose to attend has the potential for violence or chaos, and if I land in jail that means not showing up to work and thus loss of crucial income, and risk losing any chance of regaining custody of my son.

    “Well, protesting will teach your son to stand up for others.” He’s a young kid who doesn’t live with me, so I don’t know what values my ex’s extended family are teaching him. They may teaching him these are protests of a new civil rights movement; they may be teaching him these are riots of negative association—and that later interpretation could be argued at the hearing later this summer against me.
    It’s just so goddamn hard to do anything in this age and then get chastised for it.


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