Antifa Manual Found at The Evergreen State College Campus-Unproven!
Summary of eRumor:
An Antifa Manual that outlines the Anti-Fascist (Antifa) movement’s agenda was found on the campus of Evergreen State College in Washington State.
The Antifa Manual first surfaced on August 8, 2017, in the infamous Politically Incorrect, or /pol/, board on 4chan. Its authenticity has never been verified.
4chan’s /pol/ board has been responsible for various political stunts and diversions. It’s where the idea for a Starbucks “Dreamer Day” hoax was hatched, and where users advanced the (false) idea that Bernie Sanders drives a $180,000 Audi R8 to his rallies. The /pol/ board has a long history of these types of stunts, which its anonymous users do for fun, or “lulz.”
The anonymous 4chan user who posted images of the Antifa Manual commented: “Found this on the campus of The Evergreen State college. Not sure if real or satire. Will post the whole thing here for lulz.”
Some anonymous users who commented on the original post appeared to confirm that the Antifa Manual was meant to be a work of satire. One person wrote, “Did you write all that yourself? Pretty funny.” Another person commented, “I know this is fake and all, but even I admit that this level of stupidity is something ANTIFA might write.”
The Antifa Manual appeared at the image-sharing website Imgur on August 9, where it was quickly viewed nearly 70,000 times. The fringe right-wing site 100percentfedup.com picked up the story on August 19. The post didn’t question (or mention) the manual’s suspicious origins and reported the unproven claim that it was found at Evergreen College as fact. The post, which had been shared more than 73,000 times on social media within two weeks, claimed the Antifa Manual offered rare perspective into the “radical group” and its ideology:
This copy of the Antifa Manual, that is used by the George Soros funded, violent, anti-American, anti free-speech radical group, was allegedly found on the Evergreen College campus. The content of this manual is disturbing and should be read by every American, so we understand what we are up against. It helps to explain why these groups call our President and his supporters “Hitler” or “racists” or “homophobes.” It’s not that Trump or his supporters are any of these things, it’s just part of a campaign to humiliate and shut down any opposition to radicals whose ultimate goal is a one world order and the destruction of capitalism in America.
In the end, there’s not enough available information to confirm whether or not the Antifa Manual is real or fake. It appears from initial reaction from 4chan users that it was meant to be a joke — but given that it was posted by an anonymous user who provided few details, there’s no way to confirm that.