First off, this may be the wrong place to ask this question because I know most of the people here don’t like the protesters to begin with, but I have a serious question:
Do the protesters really believe that they will inspire a mass revolution through vandalism, arson, and by shouting rude and hateful things at police?
The majority of people in this country don’t hate police - or POC, for that matter. I understand that people on the far Left have been taught that our society is inherently and structurally racist - and that people that don’t believe they are racist are simply blind to their own racism. I understand their point of view. I don’t agree with it, but I understand it.
But “tactically speaking”, how do the Leftists/Anarchists/Communists expect to create a popular movement when so much of what they do is alienating and off-putting to the majority of people?
Look at what’s happened since May.
~ Major national protests against police brutality - that brought a lot of people to the “party”.
~ As the rioting and looting progressed, and as the violent aspects of protest became de riguere, the protests got gradually smaller and smaller - except in very Left places like Portland and Seattle.
~ It seems like the antagonism - “Fuck the police!” “1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-FUCK 12!!” “Go home and beat your wife!” “I hope your children die!” - is meant to antagonize the cops into violent action so that the protesters can say, “SEE!! SEE!! WE’RE BEING REPRESSED!” But I don’t think it’s having that effect. I think most people think, “Damn, these cops are patient. That guy/girl/whatever yelling that shit in the cop’s face deserves to get their ass kicked.”
With MLK, the peaceful protest strategy was successful because it garnered sympathy. “These are good people that are being beaten for marching, wanting to go to school, or wanting to sit a lunch counter.” These modern day protests don’t engender any sympathy. If anything they engender antipathy - people want to see these people get steamrolled.
Is there a strategy behind this or is it simply what it appears to be: a self-sabotaging, nihilistic rage that is garnering less and less sympathy the longer it progresses?