Juggalo lives matter

That title was taken from multiple signs at the Juggalo march in DC

I will admit that I have only ever tangentially paid attention to the Insane Clown Posse, but over the past few weeks I've been reading some really quite fascinating articles on them and have to admit that the rise of the "Struggalo Circus" is pretty amazing. They described themselves this way:  "We're the Struggalo Circus: a ragtag and messy coalition between radicals and juggalos. We're libertarians, socialists, communists, anarchists, and more!"

The communitarian vibe at the annual Gathering of the Juggalos is really striking. Watch one of the dozens of documentary looks at the gatherting available on Youtube (if you can get through them, it ain't easy). The top words in about a dozen of them I just watched are "family" and "love." It doesn't seem like a side aspect, it is central to the scene right alongside the partying and everything else.

  Now, with the march in DC, a pretty good case is being made in a variety of ways that they present a fairly significant aspect of anti-Trump politics.







"ICP’s first album, released in 1992, featured a song called “Your Rebel Flag” about violently murdering Confederates and racists. As today’s country’s pearl-clutching moderates wag their fingers at anti-fascist violence, and conservatives cling to Confederate monuments as proud symbols of Southern “heritage,” Juggalos have known where they stood for decades.
“Rednecks call it pride/ Pride for what?/ White pride for slavery it sickens my gut/ I see that flag as a challenge that you want to fight,” Violent J rapson the 2015 song “Confederate Flag,” warning listeners they’ll get “punched in their faces, reppin’ the racists.”
For liberal elites who want to see rural whites as irredeemable racists, Juggalos complicate the narrative.
“There’s Juggalos all over the South that don’t wave it/ Proud of where they’re from but that flag, they hate it/ Cause they understand it’s a symbol of slavery,” Shaggy 2 Dope raps on “Your Rebel Flag.”
Which is not to say that Juggalos are what a typical liberal would call “woke.” Beyond the sheer macho gruesomeness of ICP lyrics, the horrorcore rappers have been taken to task for casual misogyny and homophobia. The Juggalos’ yearly drug-fueled jamboree, the notorious Gathering of the Juggalos, is thick with a widely accepted show-me-your-tits ethos that’s unavoidable as a part of the festivities."

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