In this April 18, 2020, file photo, members of the boogaloo movement, attend a demonstration against the lockdown over concern about COVID-19 at the State House in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)AP
Many Americans heard about the loosely organized “Boogaloo movement” for the first time on Thursday, following the arrests of three men on charges including conspiring to “cause destruction during protests in Las Vegas.”
Adherents, sometimes called “Boogaloo Bois,” supposedly want to bring about a second American Civil War. Hence the name, a jokey reference to the 1984 sequel “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo” that was essentially a remake of the first movie.
Some Boogaloo followers refer to a new civil war or the collapse of civilization as “the Big Luau” and have shown up at protests wearing Hawaiian shirts. They may be trying to push peaceful demonstrations toward violence. Boogaloo backers appear to have taken part in protests against coronavirus stay-at-home orders as well as the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality.
The movement apparently was seeded and grew on a message board devoted to weaponry on 4Chan, a website that’s home to many far-right conspiracy theories. It then moved to mainstream social-media platforms.