by ABNER HAUGE & SEAN BECKNER-CARMITCHEL
EDITOR'S NOTE : Sean Beckner-Carmitchel is an independent videographer, stringer, journalist and wine-and-cheese boyfriend local to the Los Angeles area. He wrote the section in this article titled ‘THE GUNFIGHT.’ You can see his work at @ACatWithNews on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. His Venmo is @ACatWithNews.
All indications were that antifascists already won before the day even started.
Richard, a beloved Portland local who shows up to nearly every damn protest, sat down next to me. I asked him how he’s been and he sat down on the bench next to me and started explaining, out of the blue, something I think is called a ‘short rush game’ in American football. The idea, if I’m remembering it right, is you make a bunch of short, quick pushes forward in the first one or two quarters to exhaust the other team and then really go for it in the last half of the game while they’re worn out.
“Sort of like Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope strategy right?” I asked Richard.
“Yeah,” he said, before getting up to join a bunch of others yelling at some passerby to stop taking pictures of the 300 or so kids decked out in black bloc.
It was all downhill from there.Read more →