There have been several violent conflicts in demonstrations against police violence and racism. Last Sunday in Seattle, a man drove a car into the crowd and fired at protesters as they were allowed to stop the car from advancing, The Guardian says.
On the same day in the state of Lakeside, Virginia, police arrested a man suspected of driving a flatbed truck on peaceful protesters and hitting a cyclist. According to the Guardian, the man who drove the car has been linked on several occasions to the racist Ku Klux Klan, among others.
Over the past few weeks, protesters across the United States have been threatened by individual armed individuals. As a weapon, they have had, among other things, pistols, firearms and bows. In Texas, a man threatened protesters flocked to the street with a chainsaw, telling them to sink into their homes accompanied by racist insults. Some of the intimidators have been disguised and have later been associated with local neo-Nazi organizations.
Some of the boogaloo movement supports those who protest on behalf of George Floyd, while others oppose it.
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Some of the armed conflicts have been linked to the far-right “Boogaloo movement”. The movement’s actions appear confusing, with some of them appearing to be strongly defending the Black Lives Matter message and supporting the protesters, while some have turned against them.
The anti-state boogaloo movement is loosely organized and armed. Its members, the so-called “boogaloo boys,” are fueling chaos that would lead to a new civil war in the United States. They take advantage of the widespread riots that followed George Floyd’s death and seek to harness the publicity they receive to pursue their own intentions.
“Extremist thinkers see the unrest as an opportunity to incite terror and divert attention away from the protesters’ message, ”Deputy Director Joanna Mendelson of the Anti-Extremist Movement (ADL) tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
According to Mendelson, extremism exploits social disorder to gain visibility on its own agenda.
Other blatant clothing has also been seen in demonstrations under combat vests.
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Many members of the boogaloo movement have, by common accord, dressed Hawaiian shirts under their combat vests. At the 2017 Charlottesville demonstrations in the U.S., pro-white supremacists wore pressed khaki pants and polo or collared shirts. Scholars believe that the purpose of dress codes is to break free from the clichés of the far right.
According to Cynthia Miller-Idriss, a professor at American University, the background story of Hawaiian shirts is based on internet humor and memes. Miller-Idriss tells The Washington Post that Hawaiian shirts reflect the diabolical sense of humor that smokes in the structures of the boogaloo movement.
- The Hawaiian luau celebration traditionally eats roasted pork. Pig, on the other hand, is a mockery of the police. So the shirt kind of reflects violence against the police in the coming civil war, Miller-Idriss analyzes for the Washington Post.
In addition, a cheerful Hawaiian shirt makes heavily armed boogaloo boys seem like an absurd revelation, which can reduce criticism of them.
“It’s hard to talk about the dangers of Hawaiian-shirted men without sounding even a little ridiculous,” says Howard Graves of the Poorest Human Rights Center in the South, for the WP.
The members of the movement are called boogaloo boys. The name has its roots in the 1984 breakdance film.
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Boogaloo is known to have no national leaders. It uses social media to communicate, organize, and recruit. Before the popular movement that arose with the death of George Floyd, the group sought to cause chaos and chaos in protests against, among other things, coronavirus actions.
In early June, three members of the movement were arrested in Las Vegas and charged in federal court, USA Today reports. They suspected of preparing a violent attack during the demonstration. The arrested trio of men have previously been members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The name of the movement comes from the 1984 film Breakin '2: Electric Boogaloo, which premiered. The breakdance film directed by Sam Firstenberg is generally considered so bad that it has given rise to a joke on internet discussion boards. The movement uses “boogaloot” as a code word for a future civil war, which they see as a kind of sequel to the first.