There’s a new movement on social media. #FacesAgainstRacism is an invitation to publish selfies alongside the ubiquitous hashtag to show your opposition to odious groups like Britain First. It’s laudable, it’s courageous, it’s an idea full of integrity and mutual support. It’s also dangerous.
So far as we can tell it began in response to taunts from neonazis who, tired of trying and failing to identify anti-fascists have adopted a different tack. They taunt people into revealing themselves. The fact that many of the people taunting us to reveal ourselves do so from fake accounts is ironic but that’s not the point of this post. This is a warning.
We don’t want to tell people what to do but we do believe in making informed choices. It’s too late to lock the stable after the horse has bolted.
Every member of the team at Exposing Britain First is anonymous. We use psuedonyms to conceal our true identities. There’s a very good reason for that. Britain First, the English Defence League, the National Front, the North West Infidels, the British National Party, the Pie and Mash Squad, Knights Templar International, English and Proud, Combat 18 and the rest are desperate to know who their opponents are. They aren’t interested in having discussions about the rights and wrongs of neonazism. They want to know who you are so that they can hurt you.
Golding and Fransen, thanks to the donations of their followers and their wealthy backer, Jim Dowson have been able to afford a bunch of violent thugs as bodyguards. Can you do that?
Golding and Fransen have aligned themselves with the violent against the peaceful. Would you do that?
Golding and Fransen are well aware that those who oppose them tend to oppose violence so their risk is minimal. You oppose those who use violence as a routine way to get what they want. Are you prepared to deal with that?
Some very vocal antifa like the veteran John McKnight have repeatedly spoken out against Britain First without reprisal. That’s true but the likes of McKnight are ex-military and more than capable of looking after themselves in a scrap. Can you do that?
We’ve had more messages than we know what to do with reporting intimidation, violence, threats, spurious complaints to employers, trumped up legal letters and abuse of relatives from those anti-fascists who were unfortunate enough to end up on the fascists’ radar.
We’ve witnessed many innocent people face intimidation and abuse simply because Britain First and their ilk have mistaken them for our own team members. Some of our followers have reported needing formal police protection as a result of being ‘outed’ across far right networks. Known anti-fascist protestors can find themselves featured on a number of social media platforms such as RedWatch, sites that exist only to publish photographs and contact details of people who the neonazis think deserve a good kicking – or worse. Trust us – there is nothing straightforward about outing yourself to the far right. These people are vicious and they do act upon the information that they receive.
It may feel good to out yourself but please don’t do so lightly. These people are desperate to identify the main players in the antifa movement. Remember – they’re neonazis. Neonazis are just like the old nazis of the last century. They crush opposition whenever they get the chance.
Outing yourself through #FacesAgainstRacism is a gift we’d strongly advise you not to give them.