To help understand the term Antifa that is being tossed around so much this week, Dictionary.com sent this background info:
"Antifa is borrowed from the German Antifa, recorded in the 1930s. The German Antifa is shortened from Antifaschismus (“antifascism”) or antifaschistisch (“antifascist”). Antifa itself is recorded in English in the 1940s.
A notable antifascist movement emerged in the 1920s in opposition to the Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini. A German group—called Antifaschistische Aktion (“Antifascist Action”) and founded in 1932—was one of the first and most prominent organization to use the term in their name. Their logo features a red and black flag, imagery commonly used by Antifa groups today.
There is no one Antifa organization. Rather, the movement is made up of various groups and individuals united by their opposition to fascism, which is a” governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.” As an antifascist movement, Antifa especially targets people and groups that support the oppression of minority groups."