90 Miles From Tyranny : 'I Experienced Hate First-Hand Today': Bay Area TV Anchor On Berkeley Antifa

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

'I Experienced Hate First-Hand Today': Bay Area TV Anchor On Berkeley Antifa

"My wife told me I'm going to get crucified by posting this," KTVU anchor Frank Somerville wrote Sunday on his personal Facebook page after attending the "Rally Against Hate" at Berkeley.

"I told her I didn't care. This is what happened," Somerville said. "This is what I saw. This is what I experienced. This is the truth. Period."

"If people don't want to hear the truth that's not my problem," he said. "I have no agenda. I'm just saying that this is what happened to me today, think about it. And make your own decision."

Somerville wrote about his experience trying to speak with antifa members at Sunday's violent rally:

I experienced hate first hand today... It came from these people dressed in all black at a protest in Berkeley.

Ironically they were all chanting about NO hate.

Some had shields and gloves. Some had helmets. Some had gas masks.

I was watching them and taking it all in. I came there on my own time. Because I wanted to see things first hand. I was dressed in shorts and a tank top.

At one point I took out my phone to take a picture. And that's when it all happened. (And just to be clear they were playing for the cameras in front but I was toward the back. And since there were already so many people taking their picture I didn't think it would be an issue.)

I took these two pictures and afterward they started screaming at me. I thought for sure they were going to attack. I was just waiting for it. I wasn't scared.

But I stayed calm even though I thought this may not end well for me. Here's how the conversation went (and as you're reading this keep in mind that they were yelling at me and their words were filled with venom, anger, hate and intolerance.)

There's just no other way to describe it. I was stunned.

Them: Hey! No pictures or we'll take your phone!!! (At that point I'd already taken these shots)

Me (In calm voice): You're on public property and I can take a picture if I want to.

Them: Oh so you're a big man with a camera?

Me: No I just wanted to take a picture and talk with you.

Them (rushing toward me): We outnumber you and we will take your camera!

Me: You're not going to take my camera and you're not going to tell me what to do. Why can't we just have a respectful conversation. (I then touched one of them on her hand to say it's okay I just want to talk)

Them: Don't touch me!!

Me: I'm not trying to do anything. I just want to try to understand and have a respectful conversation.

Them: We'll block your shot!!!

Me: That's fine. All I wanted to do was have a conversation.

Them: Now is not the time. (In fairness he was the one person who was respectful)

Then as I started to walk away a woman started screaming at me saying: We're not interested in talking to you!! We're not interested in talking to you!!

I walked away stunned. I grew up in Berkeley. I marched in anti-war protests during the sixties.

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  1. A lot of this is the same stuff, minus the head-busting, the anchor's pals pulled back in the 60s.

    Hell of a thing to look in a mirror and see what you really were. And are.

    Dr Evil thought creating his own SA would work. Didn't work for his Fuhrer, either.

  2. This guy would have to be at least 70 to march in the Berkeley anti-war protests in the 60's. Is he really that old?

  3. No, he was 12 years old when the 60's ended. Did his mommy take him?


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