Make no mistake, the exploits done by antifa lately, especially around the Inauguration Day, are highly enjoyable, from a distance. And I get to do my own antiracist/antifascist actions whenever I can...
But neofascism, police violence, racism, antifeminist sexism are only tips of a deep, supermassive iceberg that we are all connected to, and we keep making it colder day after day, as we refuse to bring some warmth and open cracks.
The iceberg is still there. It's like that Pink Floyd's Wall. To paint an @ sign, or "ntfa" over it, just like your usual shitty contemporary art/commodity, won't change a shit at the end of the day. May even make it bigger and heavier. And I think it does... or maybe it's just me getting old.
After watching all this is sheer, mute silence, I FEEL that it's not graffiti we need the most these days, neither posters, slogans, banner protests, and smashy-smashy. Not even setting valuable shit on fire or punching Nazis. Just as the countless posters and zines on consent, on stopping sexual harassment, countering rape... No one can argue, negotiate or discuss with sheets of paper and painted walls. But I NEED TO TALK about my sexism, to people opposed to it, and look for how to overcome it. I don't need to be judged, shamed and excluded for it. I don't need your judgemental stone-faced silence.
Neither of these things help break the machinery of ordinary hate that predominates in the capitalist world.
Something else entirely is needed... a human, UNMEDIATED communication. One that leads to a stream of mutual love, understanding and development of our potential. Creating openings on each other. This communication still is not happening, beyond the mostly-invisible walls of hatred that separates us all. Screens are not openings, but walls with nice, colorful moving graphics. And don't look for those smug exchanges, these dehumanizing assemblies and demos were you simply can't have a talk.
But there is a felt need to communicate (I think... maybe I'm wrong), yet only the most socially-skilled achieve to do so. Social selection keeps happening, and thus is causing even more hate in this downward spiral. The lesser socially-apt, the atomized, the dismissed, the dispossed, the freak, the under-priviledged, will keep mass-shooting people around.
How long do you think it will take before one of those Sinked Ones decide to "surface" by attacking one of your social centers, your community projects, your artist lofts, your student bars,
In a world where identities in the form of social categories are enclosing people together and allowing for privilege accumulation. We are going in a terrible direction... and just as Xmas and Valentine's Day are still being celebrated, every year, un-challenged, un-disrupted, as celebrations of the totalitarian order's persistence through time, we are losing grasp on time, on history... we are becoming "useless eaters", waiting to be discarded, at the bottom line of years and years of hard labor and stress to "win", to expand and rise socially.
I know this is not how you wanna end... so why are you pursuing it in the first place? We do not change the world, the world changes us. Nearly two decades of smashing windows did not destroy the world, but it didn't keep us away from destroying each other, anyways...