(The following article is an opinion piece and does not necessarily reflect the views of iFIBER ONE News, iFIBER Communications, or it’s staff)

Regardless of who wins the election, I hope this country can start seeing each other as individuals, instead of representative of groups that we either belong to, or fear.

When we start seeing people only as members of a particular group, we tend to see them as less human. I think we need a bit more humanity in Eastern Washington.

Let’s start with a simple phrase from an iFiber story written by Shawn Goggins and printed on November 2: “The Antifia member who spoke with KIMA says Antifa is an idea, not an organization.” What could be clearer than this statement? It bears out what the DOJ has said about Antifa—it’s not an organization, it’s an idea.

Once again, the entire point of this event was to dismiss the idea that there is a frightening, violent organization called “Antifa” which is behind the protests in America.

Calling these non-violent protesters a “sect” implies that they are plotting something, fomenting violence, undermining the American way of life when in fact, all they’re doing is passing out Milk Duds. 

It seems that the reporter missed the entire point of the folks standing on a corner in Ellensburg on Halloween, dressed in black and handing out candy.

They weren’t “Antifa members” any more than the kids downtown were pirates, zombies, or ninja turtles.

They were people, dressed in black, giving candy to kids because that’s what people do on Halloween.

And their signs should tell us only one thing: they reject fascism—as we all should!