What is the ‘boogaloo’? How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream

Image: Gun rights advocates wearing body armor and carrying firearms leave a rally organized by The Virginia Citizens Defense League near the State Capitol Building Jan. 20, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.

An anti-government movement that advocates for a violent uprising targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement has moved from the fringes of the internet into the mainstream and surged on social media in recent months, according to a group of researchers that tracks hate groups.

The movement, which says it wants a second Civil War organized around the term “boogaloo,” includes groups on mainstream internet platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit, as well as fringe websites including 4chan, according to a report released Tuesday night by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), an independent nonprofit of scientists and engineers that tracks and reports on misinformation and hate speech across social media.

While calls for organized and targeted violence in the form of a new Civil War have previously circulated among some hate groups, the emergence of the term “boogaloo” appeared to be a new and discrete movement. NCRI researchers who analyzed more than 100 million social media posts and comments found that through the use of memes — inside jokes commonly in the form of images — extremists have pushed anti-government and anti-law enforcement messages across social media platforms. They have also organized online communities with tens of thousands of members, some of whom have assembled at real-world events.

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9 Responses to What is the ‘boogaloo’? How online calls for a violent uprising are hitting the mainstream

  1. Hope says:

    Is this any worse than Antifa? Or any of the other leftist groups out there?

  2. Gryphon says:

    The “Boogaloo” is an Internet Meme, not ‘propaganda’, and this group “NCRI” is Late to the Party.
    Couple of months ago, the (((ADL))) labeled the Meme as a ‘White Supremacist, Naziracistantisemite’ creation. don’t have a link, but you can find it at the ADL website.
    It is a typical Anti-White screed by (((god’s (not) chosen people))) in pursuit of (((their))) goal of Total Disarmament of non-(((kosher))) People.

    Face the Facts -- the ‘synagogue of satan’ is the driving force (and money) behind EVERY ‘gun control’ organization today.

  3. Rabbi Will says:

    ADL. What a joke. Completely misguided. They couldn’t identify a white supremacist if their lives depended upon it.

  4. mikelad says:

    I can’t wait for it to start.

  5. Fred parks says:

    A boogaloo is a pro government movement, pro government because we the people ARE the government. A boogaloo would rid the government of communists, fake government position usurpers, and anti-Constitutionalists. Own the language, attention to detail, get it right.

  6. Bob Bobbington says:

    Liberals getting trolled again

  7. Ticy Spime says:

    I thought the loogaboo started when Hussein Hopenchange got (s)elected and vibrants around here were walking down the sidewalk throwing empty plastic pop bottles at cars and saying we run this mofo now.

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