Counter-protesters shout down nazism and fascism, support #BlackLivesMatter and rights for all people of color.

The so-called “White Lives Matter” protest scheduled for yesterday in Fargo, N.D., was a total bust, but about 200 counter-protesters showed up strong. I was proud to be one of them.

Photo of Antifa protesters in Fargo, N.D., April 11, 2021
Photo by C.S. Hagen, The Forum.
See Old Glory? Yeah, that’s me.

Thank you to the organizers, OneFargo ND-Stand for Change and Black Lives Matter – Fargo/Moorhead, and the couple of hundred people who showed up to demonstrate clearly that we won’t stand for nazism or fascism here.

“No hate, no KKK, no fascism in the USA!” was a common chant during the protest and march.

A few white fascist hangers-on heard the chant as they kept their distance from our group of peaceful counter-protesters, taking photos and videos, presumably in an attempt to intimidate. Which totally failed. Counter-protestors demonstrated clearly and loudly what our community’s priorities are (or, at least, what they need to be), completely unabashed.

Yes, I am Antifa (anti-fascism), and damn proud of it. Isn’t everyone? In my judgement, one cannot claim to be an American patriot if they’re not Antifa.

Which is why I carried my USA flag proudly throughout the protest and march, as I have in many protests and marches. It’s part of my long-running effort to take our national symbol back from the right and the white –

“I’m Takin’ Our Flag Back. Who’s With Me?”

Anti-white-supremacy graphic posted by Faith Shields-Dixon on the Black Lives Matter – Fargo/Moorhead Facebook page.

Organizers asked counter-protesters and other community members to attend the April 19, 2021, Fargo City Commission meeting in support of people of color and their rights in our community. The group will meet in the Fargo City Hall parking lot at 4:30 p.m. and enter the City Commission chambers en masse.

I hope to see you there.

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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.

7 Comments

P.M. Roche · April 13, 2021 at 11:13 am

Yes, we are, but militant anti-fascists play fast and loose with their definition of fascist. They also act as judge and jury vigilantes engaging in the same tactics as the fascist black shirts and brown shirts.

    Martin C. Fredricks IV · April 13, 2021 at 11:37 am

    That’s an interesting take. Care to elaborate?

      P.M. Roche · April 13, 2021 at 11:45 am

      Well, they believe that Jordan Peterson is a fascist, which is an absurd suggestion. And there are plenty of other examples of people being inaccurately accused of being fascist. And they dressed in black and rioted to prevent Peterson from speaking publicly. Silencing opponents with violence is a fascist tactic. There are numerous other examples if you were only to Google them

      Martin C. Fredricks IV · April 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      Oh, you mean the guy The New York Times calls “Custodian of the Patriarchy,” and about whom The Guardian observed, “…his arguments are riddled with ‘pseudo-facts’ and conspiracy theories”? That’s the guy you want to hold up as an example of victimhood?

      P.M. Roche · April 13, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      The New York Times and The Guardian are full of pseudo-facts and conspiracy theories. Even if what they are saying were true, it doesn’t make him a fascist, and it doesn’t justify using violence to silence him. I’m not calling him a victim, I’m calling Antifa what they are, self-righteous, criminal scumbags.

      Martin C. Fredricks IV · April 13, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Well, OK, then, P.M. Roche, thank you for participating, and have a nice day.

      P.M. Roche · April 13, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      You’re welcome, thanks for providing no counter argument at all, makes it much easier.

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