Boy, are they awfully . . . pale for members of the “New Afrikan Black Panther Party”: We’re talking, of course, of the eight “comrades” arrested last week for rioting at a demo planned by the NABPP and its allied “Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement.”
Not just white, but, in several examples, highly privileged: Clara Kraebber, 20, is a wealthy Upper East Sider (with a second home in posh Litchfield County, Conn.) whose mom is an architect and dad a child psychiatrist who teaches at Columbia.
Elliot Rucka, 20, of Portland, Ore., is the son of a famed comic-book writer and best-selling author. Claire Severine, 27, seems to be a signed model and actress who has lived in Canada and Ireland. Etkar Surette, 27, summered in Austria as a child. Frank Fuhrmeister, 30, is a freelance art director who’s done work for Pepsi, Samsung and Glenlivet.
We’re not sure even the late satirist Tom Wolfe could top these portraits of poor little white kids trashing regular folks’ workplaces in the name of social justice.
“Every city, every town, burn the precinct to the ground!” the group chanted as it moved up Lafayette Street on Friday, smashing windows and racking up what police say is at least $100,000 in damages during a three-hour rampage.
It sure looks like these young people are just getting high by smashing stuff in the name of a good cause — relishing both the violence and a smug “moral superiority.”
They are cosplay revolutionaries, undermining the very movements they claim to represent.
Vandalism isn’t going to get new laws passed; it’s not going to “tear down the system,” either.
What it will do is win a lot more support for President Trump than for policing reform. Indeed, their comrades, who’ve kept the tragic farce going all these weeks in Portand, might as well be the Antifa Committee To Re-Elect the President.
In this, we’re on the same page as those marching: Rich white kids, quit your privileged posturing and grow the hell up.
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