What's boogaloo movement?

The boogaloo movement, members of which are often referred to as boogaloo boys or boogaloo bois, is a loosely organized American far-rightextremist movement. Members generally identify as a libertarian citizen-militia, and say they are preparing for a Second American Civil War, which they call the "boogaloo".[Widespread use of the term dates from late 2019, and members use the term (including variations, so as to avoid social media crackdowns), to refer to violent uprisings against the federal government or left-wing political opponents, often anticipated to follow government confiscation of firearms.
The movement consists of pro-gun, anti-government groups. The specific ideology of each group varies, and views on some topics such as race differ widely. Some are white supremacist or neo-Nazi groups who specifically believe the impending unrest will be a race war; others condemn racism.[ The boogaloo movement primarily organizes online (particularly on Facebook), and members have appeared at in-person events including the 2020 United States anti-lockdown protests and the May 2020 George Floyd protests. They are often identified by their attire of Hawaiian shirts and military fatigues, and are heavily armed. In May–June 2020, Facebook acted to limit the movement's activities and visibility across its social media platforms.
Naming and identity
The term boogaloo alludes to the 1984 cult film Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, an unsuccessful sequel to a poorly reviewed predecessor. Following the film's unfortunate box office, the phrase "2: Electric Boogaloo" became a verbal templateappended to a topic as a signal of pejorative parody. The boogaloo movement adopted its identity based on the anticipation of a Second American Civil War, popularly known as "Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo" among adherents.
Members of the boogaloo movement also use other similar-sounding derivations of the word, including boog, boojihadeen,big igloo, and big luau, and have created logos and other imagery incorporating igloo snow huts, and Hawaiian prints.[ The names and the broader imagery are used by members of the boogaloo movement to avoid crackdowns and automated content flags imposed by social media sites to limit or ban boogaloo-related content.[Members attend protests heavily armed and wearing tactical gear, and sometimes identify themselves by wearing Hawaiian shirts along with military fatigues.[ They have also used other imagery popular among the far-right, such as the Pepe the Frog meme.
Beliefs and structure
Groups in the boogaloo movement do not have a strong unifying ideology. The groups are generally described as far-right or alt-right, although some groups have also been described as libertarian or anarchist. Members of boogaloo groups typically believe in accelerationism, and support any action that will speed impending civil war and eventually the collapse of society. According to The Economist, to this end boogaloo group members have supported the "spreading of disinformation and conspiracy theories, attacks on infrastructure (such as that on New York’s 311 line) and lone-wolf terrorism." J.J. MacNab, a George Washington University fellow researching anti-government extremist groups, notes that opinions on racism and attitudes towards law enforcement are among the views that differ the most between groups in the movement. Some groups are also white supremacist or neo-Nazi and specifically believe that the unrest will be a race war, but there are others that condemn racism. Attempts by some elements of the Boogaloo movement to support anti-racist groups, such as Black Lives Matter, have been met with wariness and skepticism.
Some members of the movement claim that the group and its ideology are nothing more than online jokes, however, law enforcement and researchers maintain that people connected to the groups have been implicated in plans to commit real-world violence. The Tech Transparency Project has observed that, while public posts on boogaloo Facebook pages tend to be satirical, members of private boogaloo groups "exchang[e] detailed information and tactics on how to organize and execute a revolt against American authorities." Some of the private groups ban the sharing of memes to keep conversation focused on serious topics. The NCRI has also commented on the mix of serious and joking content, writing, "This ambiguity is a key feature of the problem: Like a virus hiding from the immune system, the use of comical-meme language permits the network to organize violence secretly behind a mirage of inside jokes and plausible deniability."
According to the non-profit Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), groups belonging to the boogaloo movement organize on mainstream online platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Reddit, as well as on more obscure platforms such as 4chan.


By: Chief Queef (2215.00)

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