Grosse Pointe Antifa is real

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On Thursday, the words "Grosse Pointe Antifa" started trending on Twitter, because — oh shit, where do we even start with this one.

Grosse Pointe, the well-do-do neighboring communities of hardscrabble Detroit, came under the national spotlight during Tuesday's contentious Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting. In an unprecedented move, the board's two Republicans — Monica Palmer of Grosse Pointe Woods and William Hartmann of Wyandotte, another one of Detroit's more prosperous neighbors — voted against certifying the county's election results due to minor and typical discrepancies in the tally of the votes. After intense public backlash, including calls that they were attempting to disenfranchise the nation's Blackest big city, Detroit, the two Republicans changed their votes.

But on Wednesday, they changed their minds again and rescinded their votes, reportedly after Palmer received threats from "Antifa from Grosse Pointe." (And also after President Donald Trump reportedly called them.)

Understandably, this combination of words — "Antifa of Grosse Pointe" — caused metro Detroiters to collectively lose their shit.

The thing is, Antifa of Grosse Pointe is really real. We have proof.

When we attended one of the protests against police brutality in Detroit this summer, a young person taught us how to use a bucket to thwart police smoke bombs. They said they learned this technique from the internet while reading about the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. At the end of the night, they told us they were going home to their parents' in Grosse Pointe.

It should come as no surprise that some of the highly educated children of some of the richest people in the world, living next to one of the most famously economically devastated big cities in the world, would become radicalized.

How can you not?

Plus, "Grosse Pointe Antifa" is real because they have a T-shirt. You can buy one here.

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Lee DeVito

Leyland "Lee" DeVito grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, where he read Metro Times religiously due to teenaged-induced boredom. He became a contributing writer for Metro Times in 2009, and Editor in Chief in 2016. In addition to writing, he also supplies occasional illustrations. His writing has been published...
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