Boogaloo?

In my previous post, I mentioned “the boogaloo bois”.

There’s some nuance here. In the context of who is responsible for violence in the protests, you’ll find that the term “boogaloo” is more of a movement than an organization — similar to how “antifa”, the anti-fascists, are a movement, and not an organization.

A Washington Post article attempts to dig into the specifics of this movement. A quote from AG William Barr:

“I do think it’s important to point out the witches’ brew that we have of extremist individuals and groups that are involved,” he said. “And that’s why in my prepared statement, I specifically said, in addition to antifa and other extremist groups like antifa, there were a variety of groups and people of a variety of ideological persuasions.”

Barr is very eager to put Antifa — the anti-fascists — out there. He wants to make them the boogieman. More of this is echoed by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray:

“We’re seeing people who are exploiting this situation to pursue violent extremist agendas,” FBI Director Christopher A. Wray said during the same news conference. “Anarchists like antifa and other agitators.”

To further quote from the article:

What’s particularly telling about Barr’s comments May 31 is that an FBI document obtained by journalist Ken Klippenstein indicates that the bureau had “no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” at the protests in Washington that day. The bureau did, however, identify calls, possibly online, for “far-right provocateurs” to attack federal agents.

One group of far-right provocateurs identified as being at the fringes of the protest violence are members of the “boogaloo” movement. Taking its name from the cult movie “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” the right-wing group seeks to hasten a second Civil War, with some members seeing the anti-police anger that is part of the protests as a mechanism for spurring that conflict.

So in a nutshell, Barr is trying to blame “Antifa” — the anti-fascists — but in fact, it is a “group of far-right provocateurs” who are more likely responsible for the demonstration violence.

But even further, it turns out some of the “Boogaloo bois” aren’t far-right or alt.right. Instead, far-right agitators have (tried to?) hijack the movement for their own extremist ends. This nuance will be covered in the next article.

For now, I’ll leave you with another possible source of the “boogaloo” name — this quote:

“Stand your ground. Don’t yeet unless yote upon, but if they mean to have a boogaloo let it begin here” -Captain John Parker to his Minute Men on Lexington Green, April 19, 1775. (Quote in dispute.)

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