Teaching The Top Profession In Antifa According to FBI? – False
A recent viral Facebook post claims that teachers are the number one occupation of the Antifa member according to the FBI. The post has been shared over 1 thousand times at the time of writing. Antifa (short for anti-fascist) is a label for several loosely connected far-left groups that operate independently while working to fight against threats such as white supremacy. Several other posts have been made with the exact verbiage, including this Facebook post with 9 thousand shares and this Instagram post with over 4000 likes.
However, none of these posts offer any sources for their claim. While FBI Director Christopher Wray mentioned Antifa in a press release, he makes no mention of teachers or possible occupations of Antifa members. This is the only mention of Antifa that is available on the FBI website.
Reuters.com investigated the claims. The FBI told Reuters in a statement that “Our focus is not on membership in particular groups but on individuals who commit violence and criminal activity that constitutes a federal crime or poses a threat to national security.”
“The FBI has not made any such statements about the occupations of people who are attracted to particular ideologies,” the statement clarified further.
The Associated Press also reached a similar conclusion, reporting that the FBI has not made any statements regarding the occupations of Antifa members. Therefore we rate the claim made by the posts as false.