The Age of Rage: Police in Minnesota and Georgia Charge Individuals Pretending to be Members of the Far Right and Far Left to Fuel Race Tensions

We often discuss our age of rage and how many people seem addicted to rage. That concern was evident this week in two stories in which individuals are facing criminal charges for fueling rage by pretending to be KKK or BLM supporters.

In Minnesota, Ivan Harrison Hunter, 24, pleaded guilty to a count of rioting. He is a member of the far right Boogaloo Boys group so that is hardly surprising. However, he was not rioting as a Boogaloo Boys member but rather pretending to be a Black Lives Matter member.

Hunter fired 13 rounds from an AK-47-style rifle into the 3rd Precinct police station as rioters set the building alight in May 2020. He was then filmed yelling “Justice for Floyd!” He was later identified by a distinctive skull mask that matched to a video on his Facebook page.

In the meantime, in Georgia, Terresha Lucas, 30, is charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats. In a release posted on Facebook, the Douglasville Police Department in Georgia alleged that she left “racially-charged” notes in mailboxes in December posing as a KKK member.  The note threatened to burn down homes and kill people.

The notes also described the author as “a six-feet-tall white male with a long, red beard who did not live in the neighborhood.” According to news reports, one note “threatened to burn their houses down and kill them and said that they didn’t belong in the neighborhood.” Lucas is African American.

There are many who traffic in rage today in politics and the media. It can drive votes and ratings. There are others who simply enjoy watching rage tear apart society or see it as a means for social change.

The question is how the vast majority of society will respond to such efforts to convert them into rage-filled marionettes. The people driving much of our divisive news and politics are on the extremes of our politics. Yet, this country remains distinctly moderate and non-violent. It is that vast center of our politics and society that protects this country from this type of orchestrated chaos.

 

152 thoughts on “The Age of Rage: Police in Minnesota and Georgia Charge Individuals Pretending to be Members of the Far Right and Far Left to Fuel Race Tensions”

  1. When is Jussie Smollett going to stand trial for his theater-infowarfare plot? That 29 months ago. He’s still indicted by the Cook County Grand Jury on 6 counts of making false police reports. Do you think the apparent lack of accountability for Jussie might have emboldened these other false-flag attacks? I do.

  2. Why do you assume Lucas is not an actual KKK member just because she is black? I mean, look at Candace Owens. You cannot always judge a book by its cover.

  3. It’s a thankless job, but I commend your fighting spirit! We would not have to refute these lies and prejudices of his followers if only Turley would take it upon himself to denounce them, for there is no way that he countenances the vile attitudes as daily expressed on this blog. One of these days, he will be asked to account for the fact that he made no effort to disabuse his Trumpist contributors of their repugnant attitudes, for he well knows that silence in the face of hate allows it to fester.

  4. “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.”–Gospel of Mark 3:25.

    “Divide, Conquer, Control”–Motto of Deep State.

  5. NATURE ABHORS A VACUUM – DESTROY AMERICA AND COMMUNISM WILL FILL THE VOID

    The FBI and police agencies should be working on this, addressing it as a crime. The FBI is, instead, focused on defeating and destroying President Donald J. Trump and free America, as we speak, on orders through Obama to President Susan Rice from the communist Deep Deep State. The global communist Deep Deep State “swamp” is large and dangerous.

    Without extreme vigilance, self-governance is impossible. The first acknowledgement of the need for vigilance, and the effort to do so, by the Founders was comprised of the severe limitations and restrictions imposed on immigration and the vote through legislation and on Congress by the Constitution – turnout was 11.6% in 1788 by design – Article 1, Section 8, allows Congress to tax only for “…general Welfare…” and allows Congress to regulate only money, commerce and land and naval Forces, while the 5th Amendment right to private property keeps Congress completely out of private property.

    America lost its initial vigilance and has descended into communist chaos. There is no one at the helm. The communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) love it.
    _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    “This is not a democracy. Everybody doesn’t get to do what they want to do. Everybody doesn’t get to do what they feel like doing.”

    – Nick Saban
    __________

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”

    – Alexander Tyter/Alexis de Tocqueville/Henning Webb Prentis Jr.

      1. Mespo agrees with George:

        “NATURE ABHORS A VACUUM – DESTROY AMERICA AND COMMUNISM WILL FILL THE VOID
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        Well, George, that is the plan.”

        You guys are absolutely nuts! The only vacuum is between your ears.

          1. Mespo says:

            “Think about us when they’re lining you up against a wall”

            Hey, Darren, you gonna throw a yellow flag on Mespo’s execution threat? If it does not go over the civility rule line, certainly he got chalk on his shoes.

            1. JS:
              I guess the pronoun “they” eludes your trap-like mind along with such complexities as “us.” . Watch the video to see your fate and at whose hands if your side wins – which it won’t. Oh and “run tell mommy” isn’t really a good look for a man.

  6. Fred says:

    “You [Turley] work for an organization at the core of the ‘age of rage’. You carry their talking points and censor, mostly through omission, but actively to a smaller degree as well….”

    It’s disheartening to witness Turley losing his reputation as a Fox employee. I look forward to the day when he is confronted and directly ask about his opinions of the rage-inciting false narratives of Hannity, Carlson and Mark Levin.

    The fact that he NEVER mentions his Fox colleagues proves he is ashamed of them and does not want to have to defend their bad speech. By not bringing up their names, he is hoping no one else will. But Turley won’t get away with it. His day of reckoning will come.

  7. There have been multiple allegations of similar agitators, including FBI informants who generate the lawbreaking that gets busted, being in among the Jan 6 rioters.

    1. But the question is: what is there evidence for, not just allegations of?

      The NYT reports that they have evidence of an FBI informant being among those who were at the Capitol on Jan. 6, but their evidence also indicates that this person showed up late (discussed here: https://www.emptywheel.net/2021/09/26/the-fbis-proud-boy-informant-showed-up-late/), so it seems he participated, but wasn’t an instigator.

      Do you have any additional evidence?

    2. Karen says:

      “There have been multiple allegations of similar agitators, including FBI informants who generate the lawbreaking that gets busted, being in among the Jan 6 rioters.”

      The conspiracy theories keep coming from you.

      By the way, I notice you keep evading answering my question whether, you, dear Karen, believe that the election was stolen from Trump. Are you afraid to answer?

    3. including FBI informants who generate the lawbreaking that gets busted, being in among the Jan 6 rioters.

      Had you asked 10+ years ago, the liberals, who detested J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI, would have sung your praises. Now they are agents of J Edgar Hoover’s FBI. …..”journalists”….

      😎

      Matt Taibbi nails it.

      https://taibbi.substack.com/p/reporters-once-challenged-the-spy

      Reporters Once Challenged the Spy State. Now, They’re Agents of It

      News companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting, partnering with spy agencies they once oversaw

      Rather than take on those issues, the press is taking the easy way out, pinning deputy badges to their chests and diving into the lives of ordinary people in search of secret sins. That’s not journalism, it’s a Crowdsourced Inquisition, and by the time reporters realize what they’ve signed themselves up for, it will be too late. People like Brennan and Clapper must laugh themselves hoarse, to think they ever had anything to fear from this press corps.

  8. That’s the point, exactly. People are being manipulated to act out. A mob can be aimed like any weapon.

  9. Uh, the Boogaloo Bois are not a “far right” group. The only thing approximating a coherent political philosophy they hold is a belief the country is on the brink of civil war. I don’t see how that puts them in any particular partisan or ideological camp.

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