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Antifa at Work in Aberdeen

I told you antifascists were good Americans. There they were, the people Trump needs you to believe are terrorists, in downtown Aberdeen this evening, waving the American flag:

Protest against the murder of George Floyd, downtown Aberdeen, South Dakota, 2020.06.01.
Protest against the murder of George Floyd, downtown Aberdeen, South Dakota, 2020.06.01.

Turning into the last mile of my unexpected evening run, I survived the typical inattentive driver who would have blindly packed me into a pothole with his pickup and noticed a crowd gathered at 6th and Main. I stayed on the opposite of the street—not taking my chances with a crowded sidewalk with too few masked pedestrians or with the blind pickup driver again—and read the signs beneath their star-spangled banner: Black Lives Matter, End Racism. They chanted patriotic slogans: No Justice, No Peace! I Can’t Breathe! And they held aloft the American flag, the flag of a nation that attacked and killed a man without trial last week for allegedly passing counterfeit money, the flag of a nation they desperately, sincerely want to be better.

I gave both thumbs-up as I plodded up the block (84°F, the hottest, sweatiest run of the year so far… and one more reason not to get too close to civilized neighbors). At the intersection, I fist-bumped a good friend who was waiting to cross the street with his sign on his bicycle. Across the block, I passed the Dakota Freie Presse marker in the sidewalk next to Domino’s, turned around to snap a couple picture, then headed north, over the overpass and on home.

Spread out a bit, my fellow patriotic, anti-fascist Americans, and carry on.

One Comment

  1. Debbo 2020-06-01

    Good on ya, Aberdonians!

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