The members of Redneck Revolt don’t want you to sit in a circle, hold hands, and sing Kumbaya.
They want you to know you have an enemy – it’s just not who you think it is.
For some, this may be an even more confusing concept than the guns: Why would an anti-capitalist movement of poor, rural white folks dedicate so much time and energy to fighting racism?
George, one of the founding members of the Suffolk County branch, showed me how he would explain the topic to a fellow working-class white person. “He’ll blame [his low wages on] Latinx landscapers who are standing outside the 7-Eleven trying to find work.
The coalition lobbied the district attorney to upgrade the charges, marching in a protest that momentarily shut down the same highway where the bikers were killed.
The charges in the case were upgraded to second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide last month.
“We are willing to take on personal risk to defend those in our community who live under the risk of reactionary violence because of their skin colour, gender identity, sexuality, religion, or birth country,” the group’s mission statement reads.
“For us, that means that we meet our neighbours face-to-face, and stand alongside them to face threats whenever possible.” This summer, the Suffolk County branch rallied to the cause of Keenan and Anthony – two young, black men who were killed in a dirt bike crash on a local highway.
“It’s Brown people, Black people, and other working-class white people.
Members participate in everything from community gardens to counter-protests at right-wing marches.
Some even try to find new members at these marches, in a process known as “counter-recruiting”.
Witnesses said they saw a 27-year-old white man purposely run over the two bikers with his minivan.
The suspect, however, was charged only with one count of reckless endangerment. Shortly after the charges were announced, Redneck Revolt joined the Justice for Keenan and Anthony Coalition with the PSL and a local Black Lives Matter chapter.
The group counter-recruits in many traditionally white spaces, such as NASCAR races and gun shows.