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Homophobic Vigilantes Chased from TSU Rutgers

On the night of April 22, a gang of homophobes harassed and attempted to assault participants at TSU Rutgers. Anti-fascists confronted and repelled them. Later that night they returned, but instead of a "hippie love-fest," they got more than they bargained for.
Shortly after 12 am on the night of Friday, April 22, a gang of homophobic assholes, assumed to be members of one of Rutgers' many fraternities, began shouting homophobic slurs and threats of physical violence at TSU campers from the sidewalk along College Avenue.

A security staffer and member of the IWW approached them and told them to leave. The group of about 8 homophobes then surrounded the security staffer, shouting at him and saying things like, "What are you going to do about it, faggot?"

At this point, other IWW members and anti-fascists in the campsite noticed the situation and ran to the sidewalk. Faced with this immediate opposition, the homophobic assholes began to withdraw, but not after spitting on several individuals, grabbing and shoving others. As the homophobes fled, police arrived.

Later, TSU staff organizers and anti-fascists held a meeting to resolve long-standing concerns and miscommunications that had arisen over the course of TSU Rutgers (see: Feel-good Complacency or Direct Action...) between radicals and reformists. The discussion was moderated by a Zapatista organizer from the Committee for Indigenous Solidarity who had presented a workshop earlier. The discussion acknowledged the right to physical self-defense from assault and the right to confront racists, sexists and homophobes and call them out on their bullshit. However, many left the discussion wondering exactly what, beyond that acknowledgement, had been accomplished.

During the discussion at around 2 am, the same security staffer who confronted the homophobes earlier noticed that they had returned to the main entrance and was attempting to enter the camp with four other homophobic thugs. Immediately, TSU staff organizers and anti-fascists alike swarmed the homphobes, surrounding them so that they could not assault anyone or enter the camp.

The homophobic assholes were completely caught off guard, with organizers and antifas linking arms to confront them. The homophobic assholes could not run fast enough down the street, pushing and shoving people along the way. Anti-fascists followed them until police arrived, whereupon police warned the homophobes that if they or any of their group returned, they would be charged with inciting a riot and bias crimes and arrested.

Only by directly confronting homophobic, racist, sexist and bigoted assholes who threaten and assault the victims of their bias can we begin to create a space open to all, in respect for tolerance and diversity. It is a connection we cannot forget: no safe space exists when bias is unchecked and ignored; we maintain the right to defend ourselves and our communities in order to exist without fear. We must do this ourselves. While it is tempting to believe that police will act in our interests, no true autonomy or empowerment exists when the state must be relied upon for protection.
 
 


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On the night of April 22
This was a Friday; we'd already left. The confrontation occurred Wednesday night, the 20th; by the anti-fascist league's own admission, the same night as our Affirmative Action bake sale. Who needs accuracy, though?

..a gang of homophobes harassed and attempted to assault participants at TSU Rutgers.
We had our own tent, and most of us were asleep.

Anti-fascists confronted and repelled them.
Repelled us from where? We were sitting at our own tent, hopelessly outnumbered by anyone we might have wanted to "intimidate." There were no more than ten of us at any point.

Shortly after 12 am on the night of Friday, April 22, a gang of homophobic assholes, assumed to be members of one of Rutgers' many fraternities, began shouting homophobic slurs and threats of physical violence at TSU campers from the sidewalk along College Avenue.
Wrong, wrong, wrong. Friday we had returned our tent and had left Tent State. Saturday morning everyone at TSU packed up and left. Also, none of us - not a single one - is a member of a fraternity or sorority. If you want to vilify them, you'll have to find another way.

A security staffer and member of the IWW approached them and told them to leave. The group of about 8 homophobes then surrounded the security staffer, shouting at him and saying things like, "What are you going to do about it, faggot?"
No one asked us to leave; we had been there all week, we were not interlopers.
On a personal note, I am not a "homophobe." As a good friend of a lesbian and with a gay uncle, I take offense at being called such. Whatever my religious feelings on homosexuality are, it does not affect my ability to treat people as human beings. And I speak for the rest of us who were present when I say that we judge individuals on their character, not on their sexuality or professed political philosophy. As the "tolerant," I fail to see why you are incapable of the same.

"the homophobic assholes began to withdraw, but not after spitting on several individuals, grabbing and shoving others. As the homophobes fled, police arrived."
This event simply never happened. One wonders if the author was present at all.
Doubt me? Call the Rutgers police, or the New Brunswick police, and ask them if there was any disturbance recorded that night. Go ahead.

What I will say is this:
Barred from the Tent State event, where we wanted to join our fellow students, liberal or otherwise, in protesting high tuition. You don't need a political ideology for that. We were told curtly that we were not welcome.
We set up our tent out of the way, across the pathway from the rest of Tent State. There we handed out literature, conversed, and yes, held an affirmative action bake sale.
Quite the opposite of what the author described above, we were the constant targets of hurled insults, and on Wednesday night were surrounded by no less than twenty masked Tent Staters, some armed with wrenches. Here the organizers of Tent State intervened, telling those in masks to disband. The police, having returned from a distracting explosive device that someone set off on the other side of the grassy mall, threatened to jail everyone there. Again, if you don't believe me, call the municipal offices and ask.
No one, at any point, called anyone a faggot. Or "Tokyo," for that matter.

I don't understand why it is necessary to lie so boldly about conservatives, your fellow students, just in order to prove some political point. If you believe so strongly in your revolution, then tackle the issues and the policies head on. Why you need to come after us personally, and so blindingly falsely, should concern all of you deeply.

But whatever; I doubt many of you have taken this at all seriously. I'll be at Tent State this year, too, and then you can come see me and the rest of us for yourselves, and how dastardly we really are. Wrenches won't be required.
 

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