I have a serious question that I already asked several antifa blogs and they all ignored it, maybe you can answer. Why do I see so many antifas directly participate in cultural appropriation (e.g. wearing dreadlocks or keffiyehs) while advocating against racism? To me it looks like most antifa are against racism because it is a part of facism, but ultimately they are not truly interested in the struggles of poc and they don't truly care to fight against all forms of racism. I don't trust them!
I’ll respond since I’m one of the Official MOC (mods of color)™ so here we go…
It’s just the same thing we see on every aspect of the political spectrum where white people fail to see how they’re contributing to the oppression of POC. Honestly the response I get from most antifas when I (or others) call out racism is that whole “we’re on your side,” bullshit, and “why should we be fighting each other when there are bigger assholes/issues to deal with.” Like they call themselves anti-racist and say shit like “make racists afraid again,” but that’s because they see themselves different from those other racists. They throw around this shit thinking that it absolves them of racism and it doesn’t.
However, I think it’s most telling when we see the reactions from those who we voice our concerns to. Are they going to listen and learn why their actions are racist/harmful or are they going to throw a fit and invalidate our concerns? Like, I don’t want to hear the excuses or why you’re not as bad as ____, or hear the “we’re all one,” bullshit.