Antifa’s Identitarian Ideology

While the “Antifa” movement may defy easy characterization, one of its most animating goals is to oppose right-wing racism allegedly practiced or condoned by millions of “white nationalists.” They rightly condemn any such endorsements of so-called identitarian concepts. But who are the real identitarians? And to which movement is identitarianism both the centerpiece of their rhetoric, and a smokescreen to hide their true agenda? A look at online material promoting an upcoming Antifa type action offers clues.

According to a recent tweet by embattled journalist Andy Ngo, “Antifa is leading a ‘Border Resistance’ militancy training that will converge on a 10 day siege in El Paso, Texas.” The website Ngo references is BorderResistance.com, with the tag line “Call to Action in El Paso September 1-10.” The homepage displays a graphic poster headlined with the words “CALL TO ACTION,” followed by the somewhat nebulous phrase “Border Resistance Convergence.”

Nowhere on this website are the words “Antifa,” or, for that matter, anything that might be remotely construed as synonymous with the violence that anyone paying attention would know accompanies Antifa protests, whether they’re in Portland, Berkeley, Charlottesville, or countless other places. But the “Border Resistance” website does contain language offering insight into the ideology of these organizations, whether they are directly backed by Antifa or part of the collection of local and regional groups that align themselves with Antifa. It is an ideology that is as steeped in identitarian divisiveness as it is riddled […] Read More