Mark H. Airgood, Special Education teacher from Oakland, CA, incites violence against free speech advocates on Berkeley campus.
When trying to break the law and generate a violent mob against those exercising their right to freedom of speech on American soil, one would think most people would exercise a little caution. After all, incitement to riot is a criminal offense in the United States.
Alas, Mark Airgood has no shame to speak of in such matters and has made his activities with BAMN public, along with the phone number (510-502-9072 for the curious) he featured in fliers spread across Berkeley campus. Confirmation that Mark Airgood, who works with special needs children (presumably to groom them as Hillary-style cannon fodder in the violent events he organizes), is the Mark Airgood in question can be found on news site Oakland North and East Bay Express as well as youtube videos posted by BAMN specifically.
What is BAMN? Well it stands for By Any Means Necessary. Besides advocating equality of outcome over equality of opportunity (an extra cultish presentation of communism), as their own webpage explains they are explicitly violent protest advocates.
They discuss this in particular on point #8 of their page describing the organization’s principles:
8. BAMN will employ whatever means are necessary to oppose and defeat these attacks on the democratic and egalitarian aspirations and struggles of our people.
Specifically, BAMN will employ the methods of independent mass organizing and struggle, of mass education and action, of democratic discussion and decision-making, of telling the truth and only the truth, of rooting our fights in the courts or in elections in the growing movement on the streets, of building the leadership of the disenfranchised and oppressed.
National organizer Yvette Felarca proudly expanded upon this point to KTVU news in greater detail:
“Now what I think was so important about our success on Wednesday [Berkeley riots in February], which is why it should be the model for how the movement needs to take things now in the future, is because we need to make sure the millions of people out there who are angry and who are scared under Donald Trump and everything that he’s doing now know that there are people who will stand up and fight the way the movement needs to.”
Another gem from Felarca includes an address to business owners and other unrelated parties who became victims of vandalism:
“Chancellor Dirks is responsible for anything that happened. And if the business community is upset they should join the professors and students and community members who are demanding that Dirks step down immediately. Because he had the chance to cancel the event. There were hundreds of professors who demanded that for safety reasons. He didn’t listen. Two, a few broken windows is nothing compared to the lives that are at stake. And if that’s what it takes in order to make sure that more people don’t get targeted, if that’s what it takes to make sure that Milo Yiannopoulos or another white supremacist is not welcome or allowed to come to UC Berkeley and attack our community, then good.”
There’s a feminist strawman story about rapists who argue that they just can’t stop themselves, the girl was asking for it, men’s bodies so different that expecting any form of self-control is delusional, so on and so forth. Yvette appears to be saying that BAMN members actually do work that way. They can’t help but be violent at the sight anyone they don’t agree with. Impulse control is a fantasy and using words instead of fists is a completely unreasonable expectation for them. We should really blame the victims who stepped into their line of sight, along with any school officials who didn’t send those victims home to hide in the kitchen.
A cursory facebook search for Mark Airgood from Oakland only further confirms that yes, this is precisely the fascist we’re looking for. Dear Yvette was even kind enough to give him a shout out.
Mark Airgood has direct, personal responsibility for any violence that occurs during Free Speech Week. He made the choice to enlist on the behalf of a violent organization with violent goals in mind. He outright broke the law in the United States, where he is a citizen. For this, he must be held accountable.
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