I want to be perfectly clear. I do not for a second WANT to attribute all of this silliness to Russia. At some point, however, all the trails leading to this conclusion make it pretty clear.
They are simply leveraging the divide that already existed in America.
It is a brilliant operation from a strategic perspective, but it really sucks to be on the receiving end of.
They are playing both ends of the spectrum... as a good disinformation campaign should.
Remember to question your own beliefs and sources. They may not be what you think.
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Once you've gone through it a couple times your instinct is to ban outright immediately. But most people are not white supremacists, they might have some cultural baggage or poor taste.
And almost everyone will push back on you when called out, the fight gives you the feeling of legitimacy and you reach for the ban.
And it is another reason why you can't suffer the bad and obvious ones. You need the energy to maintain empathy.
I ran a small community slack for a a niche community in my city. We got one dude who would not stop.
It starts simply enough, some off color remarks, profile pics with guns pointing at you, starting political arguments. Then it ramps up to more and more.
Every time we time we asked him to chill he would stop for a bit and then come back harder and in a new way. Ultimately I quit the slack shortly after banning him permanently because he harassed me outside of slack.
I don't think people realize why its important to remove white supremacists from your board/forum/web community.
- They are extremely motivated.
- They have a tradition of recruiting via meme(in the classic sense).
- They have centuries of effective propaganda.
- They will take over. Slowly at first then suddenly.
- They will always create more moderation work for you. They will never stop pushing.
Every society struggles with this. And it's not some conspiracy.
Not only in the US is the threat of right-wing terrorism very real. In the Netherlands, many #farright sympathizers show eagerness to put their regressive ideals into violent action.
Millitant antifascism is more necessary than ever. If those who fight against all forms of oppression don't actively organize to combat these fascist thugs, the #capitolriot will be the beginning of many attacks.
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These traitors need to be denied the leisure of secrecy and complacency which is how they were able to pull off their attempt at murdering their political opponents. These plotters can't live with open criticism, or suffer long the derision of their neighbors. They most especially fear insecurity, which is why they try to spread that fear to their victims.
So when you see their hate, confront it openly. None of their victims should feel alone in this.
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