The Boogaloo Boi Brigade: Using semi-automatic rifles and Hawaiian shirts to trigger America’s second civil war
Seeding violence, murdering cops, rocking floral print
Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, was, by almost all accounts, a flop.
The film was made in 1984 and it follows a jazz dancer named Kelly, who turns break dancer against her father’s wishes. It’s a pretty basic film, and such a lackluster follow-up to the first Breakin’ that the term “electric boogaloo” has become an internet meme-phrase used to describe a low-quality sequel.
It’s also a term that’s been adopted by America’s latest home-grown libertarian People’s militia, known as the Boogaloo Bois (aka the Big Igloo Boys, Boogs or Boogjahideens). These extreme right-wing, anti-government, pro-gun activists are easily recognizable by their colorful Hawaiian patterned attire, their tactical vests and openly carried semi-automatic rifles. They’re stepping out of the shadows of the internet and into the spotlight dystopian America 2020.
And they’re doing so with some depraved bravado.
JUST CONFIRMED: Denver Police seized these guns and tactical gear from two men who showed up to the protest on Friday. One of them, Chevy McGee, tells me he didn't break any laws. McGee is part of the "Boogaloo" movement. #9NEWS pic.twitter.com/A5K8psce4j— Jeremy Jojola (@jeremyjojola) June 1, 2020
The Boogaloo Bois whole schtick is that they believe the second American civil war is a’coming — America’s Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo — and they want to help grease those gears of war. They’re trying to widen the divide in this country, and use the current civil unrest, to create civil warfare. They are loosely organized via different social media groups.
As Black Lives Matter protests, riots and opportunistic chaos have consumed cities across the country, the Boogaloo Bois are making moves (and headlines) seeding violence. Recently, Steven Carillo, an Air Force sergeant connected with the Boogaloo Bois, was arrested for murder and attempted murder of two police officers near Santa Cruz, California.
"Use their anger to fuel our fire.” Carillo allegedly wrote in a post online, shortly before the attacks. “Think outside the box. We have mobs of angry people to use to our advantage.”
Which was exactly what Carillo and his accomplice Robert Alvin Justus did. While protests against the murder of George Floyd were raging on several streets over, Carillo and Justus pulled up in front of the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in a white van, threw the sliding door open and open-fired at the security kiosk, spraying the police officers within with silenced gun fire, killing one of them and severely wounding the other.
After the shooting, Carillo carjacked someone, and fled the scene in the stolen vehicle. What happened next, is fuzzy, but reports suggest that Carillo was somehow apprehended by Ben Lomond residents and held by them, until police arrived.
And the car Carillo had stolen? Apparently, he had covered it in Boogaloo phrases, scrawled in his own blood.
“I became Unreasonable” He’d written, in crimson on the hood.
“Stop the Duopoly”
No doubt about it, it was a bizarre and creepy scene to come upon. But the police who showed up were likely more than happy to arrest the man who had just killed one of their brothers in blue in cold blood.
The suspect in the killing of two Bay Area cops is tied to the right-wing Boogaloo group, prosecutors allege. https://t.co/ueUf25JWTV— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 16, 2020
This was clearly a coordinated and pre-meditated attack. A terrorist attack on home soil. A false flag attack, meant to make BLM protests seem murderous, and to spark even more unrest — to fuel the Boogaloo civil war fantasy. This is what they do. These are merchants of violent division, and their goal is to seed mayhem and conflict, cultivating a garden of discord.
And their movement is growing by the day. What started in 2019, as a libertarian 4Chan firearms bulletin board, has become a widespread and leaderless organization with different branches and localized doctrines. Some Boogaloo subsets reject racism as part of their credo, while others welcome it with open arms. Some within the Boogaloo movement are (obviously) anti-police, while others don’t share the same resentment towards that authority.
There are really only two fundamental Boogaloo beliefs, required for admission: 1) the government is evil and must be overthrown, and 2) guns are essential and you can never own enough of them.
And the Hawaiian print? No one’s really sure exactly what that’s about, but the prevailing theory is that it’s a tongue in cheek allusion to luau parties — festive wear, for the coming festivities — which, to the Bogaloos, means all out civil warfare. They’re just dressed early for the party.
Or, hell, maybe they all just really like hawaiian shirts.
Call them what you want: extreme libertarians, agent provocateurs, a People’s militia, wolves in sheep’s clothing, domestic terrorists, or violent activists. The label doesn’t change their basic function: to drive America apart and to initiate a civil war — an uninspiring sequel to the first one we had in 1861 — a goal it seems, that some of the Boogaloo’s are willing to murder for.
We can only hope that in the pursuit of that end, their movement flops as hard as it’s namesake.