We all remember going away to camp during the summer, whether it was just day camp or one of the lakeside-cabin variety. It was good times. Playing basketball. Doing crafts. Learning to look forward to the day when workers of the world (with the help of a bunch of academic-minded, street-fighting radicals) throw off their shackles and ruthlessly shiv the ruling class, the bourgeoisie and pretty much everyone who disagrees with them.
What, you don’t remember that last part? Well, clearly you haven’t gone to Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Massachusetts. No, that sentence isn’t exactly on the agenda there, but given that one of the activities is having kids make antifa flags, I’m going to guess it’s not too far of a leap.
According to The Daily Caller, Camp Kinderland is a social-justice themed summer program for kids in one of America’s most liberal states.
“Camp Kinderland is a multicultural summer camp and community that honors our progressive secular Jewish roots through our commitment to economic, racial, and social justice,” the camp’s description on its website reads.
“Kinderland’s summer programming and year around activities integrate progressive values with arts, recreation, and activism in a compassionate and caring environment.”
Okay, so not someplace I would send my kids. But nothing necessarily violent or horrible. And then came this tweet from Dartmouth lecturer Mark Bray involving the, ahem, crafts they’re making this summer:
Oh boy. I can’t wait to participate in the bike-lock swinging exercises on the lawn after an organic lunch.
It’s unclear what role Bray might be playing at the camp. However, a copy of his book “Antifa: An Anti-Fascist Handbook” — a tome which was heavily praised by the media for heavily praising antifa — can be seen in one of the photographs. Bray is currently writing the introduction to an antifa comic. He also donated half of the proceeds of his book to antifa groups, just in case there was any question where his loyalties are.
Before we go any further, let me address the one argument I keep on hearing from soi-disant antifa members on social media: “We’re not violent, we’re just against fascism. What’s so hard to understand about that — unless you’re a fascist?”
Well, several things. First off, I’ve seen enough actions which have ended in violence to conclude that there is a very distinct element of the antifa movement that embraces preemptive violence. Secondly, antifa alone decides who’s a fascist, and the decision is hardly an objective one. Sometimes it’s actually white power or neo-Nazi groups.
More often, I’ve seen violence perpetrated against people simply for supporting the president. Antifa has been in a long process of deliberately defining down what constitutes a fascist so that they can put it under the aegis of anti-fascism — and thusly police it, often with violence or intimidation.
This all being said, why anyone would be indoctrinating kids into making antifa flags (to be exact, the dual red-and-black flags are actually the symbol of Antifaschistische Aktion, a German antifa group led by socialists whose logo has been appropriated by antifa groups worldwide) is beyond me. If, say, a vacation Bible camp started having kids make their own GOP logo, people would be flipping out — and I would totally be one of them.
There’s something significantly different when you enjoin children into a political party or movement they don’t understand, particularly when that movement is involved in street violence against individuals because they think those individuals’ protected political beliefs constitute violence against them.
Thankfully, children turn into a rebellious lot. One hopes that the parents who turned their children over to this outrageous camp are faced with a legion of teenage Alex P. Keatons. It would serve them right.
As for Camp Kinderland, it’s time for these radicals to radically rethink their decision to include in their camp activities a paean to a loose association of groups that have openly declared they aren’t above violently policing what people say in public.
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