The Threat Of The Berkeley Riots

The Threat Of The Berkeley Riots

"Today is the day!" you say to yourself. "Today is the day that we will stop the fascists."

The light is no longer filtering through the windows as you wake up. "Today is the day!" you say to yourself. "Today is the day that we will stop the fascists." You walk over to your neatly set out sweater that will keep you warm and the scarf that will protect your identity. Next to the clothes that will keep you warm and safe is your little league, aluminum baseball bat.

This bat is what you will use to break the shop windows in Berkeley while protesting. This is a movement against the misogynist, hate speech spewing Nazi Milo Yiannopoulos. You know that now is the time that he and his people pay for the evil of their actions. Nazis will pay tonight.

This fictional situation was inspired by the real events that happened the first day of February 2017. The protest gained traction when the accused fascist Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak in Berkeley about cultural appropriation. The outcome of the protest was well beyond the realm of free speech.

What started as a protest against hate speech turned into a riot. According to this CNN article, this riot in Berkeley caused $100,000 worth of damage to the campus. The article also states that rioters injured at least six people there who came to watch apart from the protest. Among the damage and the carnage from the riot stood a clear message to the people of the United States. Those causing the riot do not respect the law of the United States, and they do not respect the president.

Despite the anarchy that broke out at Berkeley that night, the message from the violence made things clear. People in the United States exist and are amassing to silence those with violence whose speech they do not agree with. Before now, it was not clear who were the people who led these destructive riots that seem to be occurring more frequently into the new year. With Berkeley's riot, a name has emerged from the violence. That name is ANTIFA or anti-fascism.

The part most closely associated with the Berkeley riot can be found here. A member of the website wrote an accord of the riots titled "Rubber Bullets and MAGA Hats: My Account of #MiloatCal." This article is the account of one present at the protest who claims it was peaceful and that he served as a medic for protesters at the event.

The anonymous poster would have you believe that the Berkeley protest remained a protest and that those there were respectful. He talked about police pepper spraying protesters and firing rubber bullets at them. He claims a part of ANTIFA called the Black Bloc was there to respectfully protest. In the wake of a $100,000 tab for the burning, broken glass, and destruction of property, it seems that the individual who wrote this article has a disconnect with the truth behind brutality of the riot in Berkeley.

This picture taken at Berkeley is of the Black Bloc. They are the militarized arm of the ANTIFA movement that goes on location and pushes the ANTIFA agenda through protest and violence. They can be seen waving the ANTIFA flag during protests turned riots. This red and black flag represents anarchy and communism. Not only does their communist through anarchy and violence principal go against everything that the United States has stood for over the past one hundred years, but these ANTIFA Black Bloc rioters are gaining power through prominent people and groups supporting their actions.

In the San Francisco Chronicle article where this picture is from, the author states, "I believe in freedom of speech, but openly vile, divisive and hate-filled commentary shouldn’t be tolerated." The author by the name of Otis R. Taylor Jr. does not use his article to detest the actions of the Black Bloc and their impediment to an individual's freedom of speech. Instead, this author focuses on how Yiannopoulos' speech was dangerous and how his power should be boycotted.

This peaceful protest made this country what it is. When protest turns violent, damages property, hurts people, and takes away constitutional rights, Americans must recognize that their way of life is threatened by the actions of anarchists. Otis R. Taylor Jr. is just one of many who does not recognize the evil of the rioters at Berkeley. Many more powerful people in Hollywood have proclaimed that the anarchists' actions in Berkeley were just because they removed a man's "hateful" platform.

Many men and women in the United states quote Evelyn Beatrice Hall who wrote, "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." Hall attributed this quote to the great philosopher and satirist Voltaire who wrote prolifically and was jailed for writing what he believed in. Hall's quote describes freedom of speech that the United States enjoys. I subscribe to this notion of free speech, and like Voltaire, I too see the hypocrisy in taking away an individual's right to freedom.

The citizens of the United States must recognize who their enemy is. Political parties will always disagree. The answer is not to eradicate those who disagree. Individuals with different opinions have lived together peacefully in the United States from its creation. The possibility to live in freedom and peace makes the United States a beautiful country. When rioters burn, loot, and destroy a town to eradicate freedom of speech, citizens must recognize the danger that these anarchists pose.

Know your enemy. Stand up for peace, freedom, and harmony in the United States.

Cover Image Credit: Occupy Oakland

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

Cover Image Credit: Danielle Balint

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If You Support This New Abortion Bill, I Don't Know You

Bob mistakes the new bills being passed as being pro-life. Be smart. Don't be Bob.


Dear every woman and every person with a uterus, every person with a daughter, wife, or sister:

I'm sorry.

There never should have come a day where women feel trapped in their own bodies, forced to live lives that they can't. The Disney Princesses never could have prepared you for this chain around your neck and rope around your hands, being led by the men of your life as well as those in the government.

I'm sorry you're living in a messed up situation and a messed up country.

Welcome to America, where we boast about greatness with nothing to back it up.

Welcome to the country where we yell about progress but leap back centuries.

Women are forced to shout from rooftops, streets, and stress on social media. Even if there is a difference of opinion on whether pro-life or pro-choice is better, these laws being passed are neither. They are pro-punishment. They are anti-women.

These laws are the beginning of a horrible story, let me paint that picture for you.

Orphanages are overflowing, even more than they were years before. No politician could understand what was going on. Every child is a gift from God but their horrible mothers can't see it that way. What do you mean they should have control of their bodies?


Women are incubators stuck in a world of black and white. There is no grey area. They were given rights and it was too much, they had to be stripped away. Women are mothers. Caregivers only. No doctor, therapist, retail worker, manual laborer is a woman. They couldn't handle it.

Women are useful for pleasure and birthing, nothing more.

They move in repetitive motion, forced into a life they never wanted and can do nothing about. They marry, get pregnant, have a child and raise it with the amount of love for a bug because it was never their choice. Their mothers died in childbirth because having them was too much for their bodies but couldn't get an abortion.

The funeral for their sister who was forced to carry her rapists' baby is the day after next. She had committed suicide. She was too mentally and psychologically scarred. The baby will grow up without a mother. She was too young, only 14.

The women cry in silence. It's a man's world and they're just living in it, not allowed to express themselves or save themselves from the torture of a known and unwanted future.

A woman was sentenced to prison because of a miscarriage. She cried for days without speaking because she lost her child that she loved and yet was still told that she was a murderer. That she deserved this punishment she couldn't prevent and didn't cause. She died inside that day and will likely die sooner than she should have.

Because the separation of church and state seemed to no longer matter and the women didn't matter to the men who wanted to control them all.

One girl was arrested after having a miscarriage due to her abusive husband beating her repeatedly, throwing her headfirst down a flight of stairs, kicking her in the abdomen. She felt horrible, psychically and emotionally but was relieved (on a small level) to see the blood because that meant her child would not be forced to endure the same pain as she.

These laws are not anti-abortion. They will not prevent abortion at all. The only question is how many women will die trying to get an illegal one to save their own lives, or to prevent a horrible one for their child.

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