Posted 4 years ago on Feb. 7, 2012, 1:12 a.m. EST by DKAtoday
from Coon Rapids, MN
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A black bloc is a tactic for protests and marches, whereby individuals wear black clothing, scarves, ski masks, motorcycle helmets with padding, or other face-concealing items. The clothing is used to avoid being identified, and to, theoretically, appear as one large mass, promoting solidarity.
The tactic was developed in the 1980s by autonomists protesting squatter evictions, nuclear power and restrictions on abortion among other things. Black blocs gained broader media attention outside Europe during the 1999 anti-WTO demonstrations, when a black bloc damaged property of GAP, Starbucks, Old Navy, and other multinational retail locations in downtown Seattle.
"The Black Bloc" is sometimes incorrectly reported as being the name of a specific anarchist group. It is, rather, a tactic that may be adopted by groups of various motivations and methods.
Boy is My Face RED!
But that is still better than my neck being red.
Seriously who knew. I'm not a hardened campaigner of many protests, and I don't think that there are many experienced campaigners here.
Which is all the more reason that I still stand by comments I made elsewhere. We must separate ourselves from those who would promote or support or do violence.
My take on wearing black is that it is an American traditional color of Mourning. If Occupy and 99% want to wear black in mourning I have no problem with that.
In fact I think if we wore Black arm-bands to show we were in mourning for the sorry state of affairs that our Government, Country and Economy is in that that would be appropriate.