Skip to comments.While MSM Focuses on Insignificant Alt-Right, They Should Be All Over the Black Bloc
Posted on 04/23/2017 5:39:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
As a regular reader, you would know that after the election I spent some time investigating the Alt-Right which was supposedly a major force in the Trump election. My column put a damper on the relevance of this group despite all the hoopla. Since the election, the Black Bloc has become a major disrupter in our country yet it is barely written or spoken about.
A friend asked me if I was aware of the group which in itself speaks volumes. The group traces its roots back to Europe during the 1980s. It had its most pronounced debut in the United States during the 1999 Seattle riots during the World Trade Organization meeting, but really traces back to 1991 protests at the World Bank building during the Persian War.
To be fair, while doing research I did find that the MSM has written about the Black Bloc. But in their inimitable style, the publications write one or two columns to cover their butts and say they have addressed the issue only to drop the subject. Reading accounts in the beacons of the MSM the New York Times and the Washington Post -- did not really address the lawlessness of the group and tended to romanticize the group because of their anti-Trump strains.
It is fascinating how, when covering Republican activities, the MSM almost always injects colorful adjectives or adverbs to characterize the subject. When addressing the Black Bloc, they seem to revert to being reporters. A February 2nd NYT article gave the Black Bloc a platform to define and defend their actions. They quoted the following about their actions in Berkeley, CA, on February 1: Yes, what the black bloc did last night was destructive to property wrote Eric Laursen, a writer in Massachusetts who has helped publicize anarchist protests, using another name for the black-clad demonstrators. But do you just let someone like Milo go wherever he wants and spread his hate? That kind of argument can devolve into just sit on your hands and wait for it to pass. And it doesnt.
The group is characterized by showing up to events dressed head-to-toe in black. The only thing you might see are their eyes. The idea is that the players retain anonymity. They typically meet near a planned protest like the one that occurred in Berkeley to protest Milo Yiannopoulos' speech. They were the ones responsible for the violence there and the violence at the Trump Inauguration. Though the police were near useless in stopping the violence in Berkeley, over 200 people were arrested in D.C.
A recurrent theme that the press repeats is that the group is not an organization, but kind of an ad hoc spontaneous activity. An article in The Nation by Natasha Lennard who participated in the January 20th violent protests amplifies this idea. She starts her column by heralding the beauty of actual Alt-Right leader Richard Spencer being sucker punched in the face. She goes on to state The black bloc is not a group but an anarchist tactic—marching as a confrontational united force, uniformed in black and anonymized for security. Once deployed, the tactic has an alchemic quality, turning into a temporary object—the black bloc. This theme was repeated throughout multiple articles in the MSM as if it were fact. Notice elements of the MSM who abhor violence throughout the pages of their publications accept violence against Trump supporters, Republicans and in general white men.
If we may, let us go over some concepts regarding the Black Bloc:
The police need to get serious about apprehending and imprisoning these criminals. If there is a protest planned, they can count on the fact that the Black Bloc will piggyback onto that protest and the police need to plan accordingly. The FBI should also be tracking the activities of the ring leaders. If some of these anonymous people are tried and imprisoned, it could deter the others from diverting their lives into this organized hooliganism. Also, the peaceful protesters have an obligation to either help the police or disband once these criminals show up.
The police and the MSM need to start some hysteria about these people before the violence escalates even further. That is what we do in a civilized society.
The MSMS won’t be “all over” the Black Bloc because they are just as fascist as them. America hating birds of a feather, IMO.
LSM probably funds the BB to generate stories to further their agenda.
...when they are arrested,photograph and reveal their names...you’ll find most likely,just a bunch of rich kids making themselves available to whatever leftist
movement is the flavor of the week....
Just make sure their charged with a felony,so they can’t run for office...
Frankly both the Alt-Right, and the Black Bloc are full of fruits and nuts that are going to end up getting people killed with this escalation.
I just wish those idiot leftists would have just left people alone. Now we have two factions spoiling for a fight. Someone is going to get killed because EVERYONE is showing up for the specific reason to wail on each other!
anarchists by any other name.....
Isn’t the black block the base of Obama’s community organization, representing the civilian military?
Why should they be? They are on the same team.
Yes, somebody is gonna get killed. They are emboldened because so far there have been no consequences or law enforcement allowed to do their job. It’s domestic terrorism.
They are all masked for anonymity. So it would be really easy to infiltrate their little club, now wouldn’t it?
The masks vary, but somebody is supplying them with dark watchcaps, at the very least. Not everyone has "the new black" in the wardrobe closets.
"Felony" is no bar to federal office, and is a bar to state office on a state-by-state basis.
I don’t see the “Black Bloc” acting out in 2A friendly areas. Let them try their nonsense here and many will be killed. Come to think of it, that just might get their attention.
They forgot the “K” on the end of their name. I think they are trying to sound foreign. Or going for fake Russian, like the way some TV shows turn the K around backwards to look like ersatz Cyrillic.
I have the list of the 200 arrested in DC. I was trying to keep track of the court cases. Some of them are lawyers. Some had prior arrests. Some share lawyer and some are from the same town/school, etc.
question: is “black bloc” the same as “antifa?” or are they different groups?