Frank Somerville is a straight up TV reporter who I’ve watched for decades on KTVU out of Oakland. The station with consistently the best local news coverage for the last few decades. Basically he is about as straight as they come. And he grew up in Berkeley. Everyone who is from the Bay Area and who has paid any attention to the local news over the last few decades would recognize him immediately. There are four or five instantly recognizable (to locals) Bay Area TV anchors/journalists. He is one of them.
This is what he saw in Berkeley on Sunday.
I’ve run into quite a few “Antifa” types over the years in the Bay Area. They are a political cliche locally. Almost without exception they are either nasty vicious violent psychopaths, thugs pure and simple, or just seriously deranged and / or mentally ill. They disproportionately come from very comfortable if not wealthy families, the vast majority in my experience, and they love to act out their violent nihilist fantasies if given a chance. Its got absolutely nothing to do with politics. Beyond simplistic slogans they are profoundly ignorant of politics and history. Its all about using politics as an excuse to act out their violent fantasies. Narcissism in its purest form.
In day to day life they are little better as individuals. Vicious, lying, manipulative, abusive scum. All the most horrific cases of domestic violence I’ve run into locally were committed, without exception, by these type of people. One of the most high profile “Antifa” types at KPFA almost beat to death one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known. After years of abuse. And they welcomed him back after he was released from prison on a legal technicality. I’m sure he was one of the people in black in Berkeley. Thats very much his scene.
So based on a pretty large sample over the years I think pepper spray and tear gas is too nice a way of dealing with the street thugs in black. Live rounds, preferably heat shots, would make the world a much much better place. Fucked up rich kids cause far too much misery in the world. Which is who the “Antifa” people mostly are.
Fucked up poor kids might become white supremacists. Who are scary little fuckers in their own right. But I’ve yet to meet a right wing loony who is purely obsessed with violence and causing pain and GBH to others whereas with the “Antifa” types its all about the violence. Pure and simple. And nothing else. They are the true totalitarian fascists. Who try to use power in its purest form, the overt threat of naked violence, to suppress and intimidate anyone they perceive to be their “enemy”. Which by definition is any who dares not to agree with them. I’m absolutely certain that if I was not 6ft 1, 220lb, and built like a brick shit house, over the years at least several of them would have taken a swing at me. But one on one, like all bullies, they are all just sniveling little cowards. For all their violent braggadocio when assembled in a braying mob.
Utterly worthless little shits. And mostly parasites of one form or another.