What Is Antifa?

VICE News takes a look at what has become a convenient boogeyman in U.S. politics.
May 28, 2021, 8:45am
Demonstrators clashed with Federal police in the fifth month of protests, after protesters approached an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) building in downtown Portland, Oregon, on October 28, 2020.

Is Antifa even a thing? Ahead of an election positioned as “us” versus “them,” the specter of Antifa has become an easy boogeyman. VICE News takes a serious look at what it is, and what it’s not. VICE News Correspondent Alzo Slade reports.


  • Watch VICE News Correspondent Alzo Slade’s documentary about Antifa here
  • Join Slade in a conversation with Philadelphia Antifa activists engaging in "Black Bloc" actions. Find out more about their ideology, tactics, and reasons for participating in a high-risk form of activism. 
  • When police in Portland killed Michael Reinoehl, then-Attorney General Bill Barr said that “cities are safer.” One of the Portland’s Antifa groups says Barr’s statement gives law enforcement a “greenlight” for more killings. 
  • How to talk about Antifa with people who are freaked out about it.   
  • The right is trying really hard to blame Antifa for storming the Capitol on January 6.


This episode was produced by Julia Nutter and Jen Kinney.

VICE News Reports is produced by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Jen Kinney, Janice Llamoca and Julia Nutter. Our senior producers are Ashley Cleek and Adizah Eghan. Our associate producers are Sam Eagan, Sophie Kazis, and Adreanna Rodriguez. Sound design and music composition by Steve Bone and Kyle Murdock. 

Our executive producer and VP of VICE Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is senior production manager for VICE Audio. Production coordination by Steph Brown. Fact checking by Nicole Pasulka.