Antifa is the new black, and according to The New York Times, they are setting the latest fashion trend in the Trump era. Rick Paulas writes all about it in his piece, “What to Wear to Smash the State.”
“Anti-fascist activists believe in dressing for the job they want,” he says. “Right now, many think, that job is punching Nazis.”
Here’s the basic outfit to be a part of “black bloc fashion,” according to the article: “By now, you know the look. Black work or military boots, pants, balaclavas or ski masks, gloves and jackets, North Face brand or otherwise. Gas masks, goggles and shields may be added as accessories, but the basics have stayed the same since the look’s inception.”
Unfortunately, Paulas left out all the possible accessories such as rocks, bricks, spears, fireworks, and bike locks to smash against the heads of conservatives. But he does point out the many benefits Antifa members have because they dress in all black and cover their faces:
The creation of mass anonymity protects practitioners from the threat of post-action doxxing by white supremacist groups, a process by which their identities and contact information, including addresses and places of employment, are publicized. People at home can use this information to harass and threaten. Similarly, police and other agencies have staff devoted to documenting demonstrations, and they work to identify people on film and video. These are among the reasons that some anarchists and anti-fascists advocate smashing cameras at demonstrations.
There are some “fashion don’ts” included in the article, like choosing “organic or synthetic gloves before participating in an action: Wool and cotton may allow chemical contaminants, like pepper spray, to absorb, while nylon can melt if you grab something hot, which historically has included some kinds of tear-gas canisters but can include various things on fire.” Also, cellphones are a bad accessory, because they are trackable.
Yet, the best part of wearing all black, according to the violent leftists who do, is that it breaks down barriers. Paulus introduces his readers to a young activist named Min who helped explain how that allows them to do whatever they want and get away with it:
Min said this anonymity, where she was unable to identify even people around her, had a way of purifying her actions… For her, this is one of the most unappreciated aspects of black bloc as a style. It’s tactical, and practical, and it’s also an art form with the effect of building solidarity long after the boots go into the closet. The experience of being enveloped in anonymity helps retain the movement’s ideology, after the balaclavas get folded up and stacked in the drawer.
“In spheres where we don’t have uniforms, we really embrace individuality,” Min said. “But black bloc creates a feeling of ‘Who you are is who I am.’ Of ‘It doesn’t matter who I am when we’re fighting together.’”
So, Antifa represents the epitome of the leftist utopian dream: an autonomous society where no one differs in thought, everyone looks the same, and the second someone strays from the groupthink, physical violence is employed and no one is blamed because they're all clones fighting for a singular goal.
Hmmm, where have we seen that before?