BLM protesters want a separation between themselves and Antifa, because of their white privilege.
It has been discovered that many of the Antifa protesters come from well to do families and they have a tendency to get bailed out as opposed to those in the Black community. There are many in the BLM movement who are tired of being painted with the same brush as Antifa.
The violence in many BLM protests in Portland come from antifa. They will shout obscenities into the face of police but BLM always ends up sharing the blame.
Not that the BLM movement is peaceful but they could be considered to be when compared to the fascists in the antifa movement. No one gets support from the masses through violence.
Look no further than Martin Luther King Jr. He knew that violence was not the answer and that is why he was able to capture the hearts and minds of people even until this very day, long after his assassination. However, I am not suggesting that BLM will ever hold the sway that MLK had because they do not follow the same non violent attitude that he held.
Oregon Public Broadcasting reports :
“Tensions between Black activists fighting for racial justice and anti-establishment protesters have bubbled beneath the surface for months.”
“This week marks six months since Floyd’s death, and protests continue in Portland. But now, activists in the city are divided as to whether they are still fighting in a racial justice movement centered on Black lives, or if an unfocused, anti-establishment fight against capitalism and state power has usurped the initial cause that brought thousands of Portlanders into the streets.”
One activist told OPB:
“Most Black people in our community don’t feel like they have the privilege to go straight to the police and yell in their face. If you’re privileged, if you’re white, you care less about whether or not a protest is going to result in reforms that might save even just one life. And you have the ability to be a purist in a way that Black and brown communities really do not.”
The divide between the two groups has grown as antifa has dredged up old quotes and tweets by BLM activists in order to paint them as abusive to women and of sexism.
Perhaps they should shut down part of Portland and allow the two groups to go at it with the winner getting exclusive protest rallies in the future.