Boogaloo Bois: Setting fires and breaking windows, far right extremists are using the George Floyd protest to foment confusion, animosity against legitimate demonstrators, and ultimately civil war.
White nationalists, white supremacists, right wing militias, gun rights extremists, Proud Boys, and other far right extremists have adopted the code word “boogaloo” as a shorthand reference for a hoped for race-based future civil war.
These “boogaloo bois” have been infiltrating recent protests over the police killing of George Floyd, taking advantage of the crowds and the emotionally charged atmosphere to instigate chaos and disruption in an attempt to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement and further their goal of a race-based civil war.
SPLC reports on the “Boogaloo Boys”:
“Boogaloo Boys” – individuals associated with an online community characterized by calls for civil strife and ownership of firearms and tactical gear – have advocated for an armed revolution online and at public rallies for months.
… fringe movements including right wing militias and “patriot groups” had begun using the word “boogaloo” on social media as a thinly veiled code for a race-based or civil war.
Anti-Defamation League reports:
… a variety of extremist and fringe movements and subcultures adopted the word “boogaloo” as shorthand for a future civil war.
From militia groups to white supremacists, extremists on a range of online platforms talk about—and sometimes even anticipate—the “boogaloo.”
Reporting on the recent protests, CNN notes:
Most protesters have been peaceful, with people carrying “Black Lives Matter” and “I can’t breathe” signs.
But some have turned violent, torching buildings and police cars, smashing windows of businesses and looting. Federal law enforcement officials said groups including white supremacists and anarchists have fueled the violence.
NBC News reports on boogaloo boys making appearances at recent George Floyd protests:
… members of the “Boogaloo” movement, a loosely knit online collective of firearm enthusiasts, were seen at protests in states including Minnesota and Texas, and in Philadelphia. In private Facebook groups and chat rooms, several of which have tens of thousands of members, members called for looting police precincts and burning down government buildings.
Commenting on this under reported aspect of the story, Daily Beast explains that “white men with guns started showing up” disrupting the peaceful protests with violence and vandalism, noting that the protests are “attracting attention from heavily-armed forces on the right”:
(The protests are) attracting attention from heavily-armed forces on the right. Some of them, members of a growing white supremacist movement, openly hope to co-opt the protests to start a race war. Others claim to make common cause with anti-police protesters, but may be inclined to turn guns on protesters when they appear to threaten private property.
BET reports on the fact that white men are responsible for much of the violence and vandalism during the protests, explaining:
Demonstrations have been infiltrated by white extremists hellbent on destroying property, vandalizing businesses, torching police cars and leaving the blame with the Black community.
To be sure, not all of the vandalism and destruction at the protests is coming from far right extremists, but to fail to recognize that this movement exists and is using the protests to further their goals, is simply naive.
Bottom line: Far right extremists are using the George Floyd protest to promote the boogaloo, a longed for second American Civil War.