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Media must cut through witness spin on police brutality reports – KDRTV

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Journalists reporting casualty figures from police brutality face similar problems whether in America or Kenya.

Such reporting is often done after the fact and the journalists have to rely on information from the police, eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims to determine what happened.

That often results in confusion and uncertainties.

ELECTION

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This is what has happened in the current controversy with regard to the violence that broke out in Kisumu and Kibera and Mathare in Nairobi after Nasa rejected the presidential election results.

We do not know the exact number of people who were killed, because of the conflicting reports by the media and the police, as well as victims or their relatives.

The media have been unable to cut through the confusion, denials, exaggerations and spin of the various actors and interested parties.

DEATHS

In reports published on Saturday, Nasa claimed that more than 100 people had been killed by police in the protests.

But one media report said 12 people, including a 10-year-old girl shot dead in Mathare Area 2, have been killed in Nairobi and Kisumu.

Yet another media report said 14 people had been killed, including 10 shot dead in Mathare, two in Migori and two in Kisumu between Friday and Saturday.

The same report said earlier two children suffocated to death after tear gas was fired at protesters in Mathare Area 10, and two men were shot dead.

CIVIL STRIFE

But acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi denied the police had killed any protester.

We know from history that battle or civil strife casualties are difficult to ascertain either because of the confusion or unverifiable narratives given by authorities and law enforcement, or because the eyewitnesses might not have been available or able to give an objective account.

That is why we dont know for sure how many people were killed in the Rwanda genocide in 1994, though most accounts have settled on a figure of 800,000.

In Kenya, we do not know exactly how many people died during the Mau Mau uprising.

PROPAGANDA

Its fashionable to exaggerate, deny or downplay casualty figures for propaganda purposes, political or even financial gain.

Thats why, for example, holocaust revisionism denying the genocide of Jews and other groups after the Second Word War has persisted.

Thats why Rwanda has a similar phenomenon of genocide denial.

The tendency to exaggerate is common when there is something to be gained.

For example, it was often said that Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa until 2009, when the French Institute for Research in Africa and Keyobs, a Belgian firm, using geographical information systems (GIS) methodology and a ground survey established that there were 200,000 residents, instead of the 700,000 to one million figures that were often quoted.

FACTS

The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census confirmed the findings.

Hopefully, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, which has promised to investigate what happened during the protests, will shed light on the casualty figures and whether there was police brutality.

Ipoa chairman Macharia Njeru has said he will rely on evidence and facts.

COMMUNICATION

In the meantime, there are useful lessons in the confusion.

One is that the police need to streamline their public communication and to realise that transparency is the best policy.

It is, of course, true that police tend to defend their own and officers may even lie.

But thats why Ipoa was set up to provide civilian oversight over the work of the police and prevent impunity.

MEDIA

Another lesson is that the media need to do more than just listen to narratives from interested players.

Every report needs to be rigorously cross-checked.

If its not possible to do so immediately, the media stories should carry qualifiers such as unverified reports, unconfirmed reports, according information available so far, and so on.

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Media must cut through witness spin on police brutality reports – Daily Nation

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Residents of Obunga slum in Kisumu read the Daily Nation on August 16, 2017. Every report needs to be rigorously cross-checked. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Journalists reporting casualty figures from police brutality face similar problems whether in America or Kenya.

Such reporting is often done after the fact and the journalists have to rely on information from the police, eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims to determine what happened.

That often results in confusion and uncertainties.

This is what has happened in the current controversy with regard to the violence that broke out in Kisumu and Kibera and Mathare in Nairobi after Nasa rejected the presidential election results.

We do not know the exact number of people who were killed, because of the conflicting reports by the media and the police, as well as victims or their relatives.

The media have been unable to cut through the confusion, denials, exaggerations and spin of the various actors and interested parties.

In reports published on Saturday, Nasa claimed that more than 100 people had been killed by police in the protests.

But one media report said 12 people, including a 10-year-old girl shot dead in Mathare Area 2, have been killed in Nairobi and Kisumu.

Yet another media report said 14 people had been killed, including 10 shot dead in Mathare, two in Migori and two in Kisumu between Friday and Saturday.

The same report said earlier two children suffocated to death after tear gas was fired at protesters in Mathare Area 10, and two men were shot dead.

But acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi denied the police had killed any protester.

We know from history that battle or civil strife casualties are difficult to ascertain either because of the confusion or unverifiable narratives given by authorities and law enforcement, or because the eyewitnesses might not have been available or able to give an objective account.

That is why we dont know for sure how many people were killed in the Rwanda genocide in 1994, though most accounts have settled on a figure of 800,000.

In Kenya, we do not know exactly how many people died during the Mau Mau uprising.

Its fashionable to exaggerate, deny or downplay casualty figures for propaganda purposes, political or even financial gain.

Thats why, for example, holocaust revisionism – denying the genocide of Jews and other groups after the Second Word War – has persisted.

Thats why Rwanda has a similar phenomenon of genocide denial.

The tendency to exaggerate is common when there is something to be gained.

For example, it was often said that Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa until 2009, when the French Institute for Research in Africa and Keyobs, a Belgian firm, using geographical information systems (GIS) methodology and a ground survey established that there were 200,000 residents, instead of the 700,000 to one million figures that were often quoted.

The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census confirmed the findings.

Hopefully, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, which has promised to investigate what happened during the protests, will shed light on the casualty figures and whether there was police brutality.

Ipoa chairman Macharia Njeru has said he will rely on evidence and facts.

In the meantime, there are useful lessons in the confusion.

One is that the police need to streamline their public communication and to realise that transparency is the best policy.

It is, of course, true that police tend to defend their own and officers may even lie.

But thats why Ipoa was set up to provide civilian oversight over the work of the police and prevent impunity.

Another lesson is that the media need to do more than just listen to narratives from interested players.

Every report needs to be rigorously cross-checked.

If its not possible to do so immediately, the media stories should carry qualifiers such as unverified reports, unconfirmed reports, according information available so far, and so on.

She says her goal now is to support the team that will be making IEBC’s case at the Supreme

The President said Kenyans should steer away from tension instigated by politics.

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How the alt-right got kicked offline after Charlottesville from Uber to Google – The Denver Post

The alt-right grew up on the Internet. Now, after Charlottesville, Viriginia, some of the far-right movements most infamous personalities are getting kicked off.

Off Uber, Google and PayPal in one case, kicked off the web entirely as tech companies rush to condemn last weekends violent white nationalist marches and penalize those who condoned them.

I havent seen them take this much action on all these platforms, ever, said Keegan Hankes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has long accused tech companies of tolerating hate speech.

I think the shocking images people saw have created enough attention that these companies are taking action, he said. It looks bad if they dont.

Heres our tally of which right-wing personalities have been blocked by which tech giants, and why.

The Daily Stormer, an infamous white supremacist website, has endured server-related humiliations from its online landlords in the past few days.

The sites Web host, GoDaddy, evicted it last weekend, after the site published an article disparaging a woman who was killed while protesting the Unite the Right rally.

GoDaddy, which had long withstood calls to ban the Stormer, accused the site of violating its terms of service. The Stormer quickly moved its servers to Google, which promptly evicted it, too.

By Monday, the Verge reported, the site had retreated to the dark Web forced to publish its white supremacist screeds through anonymous platforms that most people never see. Its also online in Russia, apparently.

Another white supremacist group, Vanguard America, was yanked offline by WordPress after its members rallied in Charlottesville.

Uber executives personally thanked and honored a driver who kicked three far-right celebrities out of her vehicle before the rally, accusing them of racist comments, someone with the company told The Washington Post.

The three men Baked Alaska, James Allsup and Millennial Matt caught an Uber ride in Washington a day before the rally.

Millennial Matt whose Twitter feed is full of Holocaust revisionist material said they were kicked to the curb after they called the Museum of African American History and Culture ugly.

But the driver accused them of worse. In curbside video, the men argue with her about whether they made racist comments in the car.

The company permanently banned Allsup, invited the driver to give a speech to thousands of other employees this week, and defended her in statement to The Post.

The events surrounding the white supremacist rally in the City of Charlottesville are deeply disturbing and tragic, the company wrote. We stand against this hate, violence, and discrimination. Ubers community guidelines require riders and drivers to treat each other with respect. When a rider or driver doesnt follow these guidelines, we take swift and decisive action, as we did in this instance.

That statement aligns Uber with its sedentary counterpart, Airbnb, which cracked down on people suspected of using its service to rent rooms for white supremacist parties during the rally, according to Gizmodo.

Discord, which is supposed to be a voice chat program for online gamers, had by 2017 become the alt-rights favorite chat app, as the New York Times put it.

A Times reporter monitored a far-right Discord server as it organized for the Charlottesville rally and saw swastikas and praise for Hitler in the chat rooms.

Discord executives knew about such hate groups before the rally, the Times reported, but cracked down only after the marches devolved into violence.

Now the Daily Stormers Discord server no longer works, among unspecified others.

The most prominent site to be muted may be AltRight.com, which told the gaming site Kotaku that people in our movement will simply find other alternatives to express their views.

One of the largest crowdfunding sites, GoFundMe, told Reuters that it shut down several campaigns to raise money for the man accused of driving a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the rally, killing one and injuring many.

Those campaigns did not raise any money and they were immediately removed, a spokesman told the outlet.

Kickstarter, meanwhile, said it hadnt seen any fundraisers for the suspect but had similar policies banning hate speech and the promotion of violence.

The online payment giant PayPal was accused by the SPLC of allowing hate groups to raise funds for the rally and announced late Tuesday that it would bar users from taking donations.

The events in Charlottesville are yet another disturbing example of the many forms that racism and hatred manifest, the company wrote. Prejudice, however, does not always march in the street.

The social media behemoths Twitter and Facebook have been less active in the backlash against the alt-right.

Twitter didnt respond to questions from The Post about its stance on Charlottesville. Earlier this year, the site cracked down on users accused of hateful conduct, including an avowed white nationalist.

Although Facebook hasnt released a statement on Charlottesville, a company representative told The Post that it took down an event page for the rally over the weekend, after threats of violence and links to hate groups became clear.

Since then, the representative said, Facebook has blocked people from sharing a Daily Stormer article attacking the dead protester, unless the person who shares it explicitly condemns it in the same post.

Limited as that move was, it seemed remarkable to some.

The Verge is unaware of any previous moderation effort in which individual employees have assessed every shared caption for a given URL, the tech outlet wrote.

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Rawlings Proposes a Task Force on Dallas’ Confederate Statues – D Magazine

Addressing mounting calls to tear down the citys Confederate statues, Mayor Mike Rawlings on Tuesday proposed the creation of a task force that will study the issue in order to come up with a resolution that will see Dallas united.

While saying that he personally viewed the statues at Lee Park in Oak Lawn and at a memorial near the convention center as dangerous totems and monuments of propaganda, Rawlings declined to support their immediate removal at a press conference.

Its easy to jump on the bandwagon and say, Tear them down, because its, frankly, politically correct, and in many ways it makes us all feel good. I feel that way, he said. But I hesitate, and the reason is because I realize that the city of Dallas is better, is stronger, when we are united, and not divided.

Rawlings said he relied on the city charter and policies on public art to support his decision for a slower, deliberative process. The task force, whose members would be appointed by city council members, would work for 90 days before presenting its findings to the board of the Office of Cultural Affairs, which would then make a presentation to the City Council. Dallas residents and the citys Quality of Life Committee would be allowed to weigh in before any final decision was made about the fate of the statues, Rawlings said. The mayor has asked two organizations to advise the task force: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, a national grant-funded effort to support just that, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education & Tolerance.

Rawlings said there was, as of yet, no City Council agenda item for his proposal, but that he was moving on it rapidly.

The mayors call for a task force, in some ways, resembles that of a memo originally supported by council members Philip Kingston, Scott Griggs, Casey Thomas, Mark Clayton, and Adam Medrano. Thomas withdrew his name from the resolution shortly after the mayors press conference, according to Griggs, which would prevent a vote on the memo at a Sept. 13 City Council meeting. (Update:West Dallas council member Omar Narvaez has since added his signature to the memo, apparently providing the five votes needed to place an item on the agenda.)

That resolutioncalls for the city to make opposition to Confederate monuments and public places named for prominent Confederates an official policy. It would also create a task force of diverse community leaders and scholars to determine whatto do with monuments and symbols after removal from public spaces, and to propose new commemorative markers.The resolution, which Kingston would have liked to have seen on the agenda for an upcoming council meeting, similarly allows for educational public meetings on the issue.

Kingston, speaking on the phone after Tuesdays press conference, said he was confused by elements of the mayors proposal, but he applauded Rawlings description of the monuments as racist propaganda. I really hope were on the same page, Kingston said.

Heated conversations over Dallas Confederate monuments have been a mainstay of the citys public discourse for years, and Kingston has long been a supporter of removing the statues. But last weekends events in Charlottesville, Va., where violence ensued at a white supremacist rally in support of that citys Confederate statues, seems to have accelerated the discussion.

I feel more of a sense of urgency, Kingston said. Its time to have this debate and get it behind us, so that we can move on to the racial healing that I think the mayor quite rightly calls for.

Rawlings himself addressed the racist violence in Charlottesville, saying that the involvement of a Dallas native, the white supremacist and St. Marks alumni Richard Spencer, in the hate rally, made it extremely difficult for me as mayor of Dallas. He said the Dallas Police Department would ensure public safety and the peaceful exercise of free speech at a Saturday protest urging the removal of the monuments.

We will not have street brawls in our city, he said.

Rawlings comments were especially pointed in light of Dallas ugly history with racism, which he talked about in his opening statement.

We know about this bigotry and hate all too well in Dallas, a place that for so long was a bastion of the Ku Klux Klan and was dubbed the City of Hate. A place that 13 months ago a madman came here to kill certain cops just because they were white, Rawlings said. As we try to grow as a city, we can never ignore the fact that race and our racial injustices of the past continue to haunt us, and the institutional racism we see economically every day keeps us from the goal that we have as a city. One symbol of those injustices are public art and statues in some parts of our city.

The mayors press conference was streamed live on his Facebook page. You can watch it in full below:

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Fitting reminder of need for humane outlook in troubled times – Independent.ie

Dr Hoffman, author of ‘Lost in Translation’, spoke of her youthful identity crisis as a 13-year-old Polish migr to Canada, who could not communicate with her English-speaking peers. She spoke of learning English, yet retaining the cultural identification of a Polish formation, as a bifold identity developed. She spoke of developing an internationalist worldview, appreciative of multiple cultural and social forces. She also, however, spoke of her fear of how the ‘humanistic’ ideals of freedom, both personal and political, that engineered the downfall of communism and drew her native Poland and eastern-block states towards a nascent liberal democratic system post-1989, was in mortal peril with the rise of hard-right, ultra-nationalist factions.

She spoke of how political revisionist projects in the region are moulding collective memory to create a national identity of victimhood under firstly National Socialism, immediately followed by communist totalitarian rule. This revisionist worldview subjugated the suffering of minorities – including the three million murdered Polish Jews of the Shoah – as ultra-nationalist rhetoric retrenched freedoms of the post-communist era.

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Lincoln Memorial vandalized with spray paint – The Hill (blog)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington wasvandalized with red spray paint.

The graffiti found on a pillar at the monument appeared to say”f— law,” the National Park Servicetold local stationNBC 4 News.

A preservation crew is already working to remove the graffiti, which was discoveredearly Tuesday morning, the NPS said.

The crew is applying a “mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper” to remove thered paint without damaging the underlying stone, according to the report.

The park service is still investigating the matter.

The vandalism comes amid a public debate over Civil War statues and memorials honoring the Confederacy.

White supremacist groups converged on Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a state of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Saturday, which led to violence.

One person was killed and at least 19 were wounded after a man who took part in the white supremacist rallies drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.

Protestors toppleda Confederate statuein Durham, N.C., on Monday night. And in Boston, police arrested a suspect accused of vandalizing the citys Holocaust memorial.

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How to Tell If You’re a Neo-Nazi – Gizmodo – Gizmodo

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Internet personalities Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt had a lot of fun at this past weekends white supremacist rallies. Well, until Baked Alaska was maced, I guess. They used tools like Twitter and YouTube to bring their online followers into the heart of the racist action. But curiously, the two still insist that theyre not neo-Nazis. So what the hell is a neo-Nazi?

The rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia were the largest collection of white supremacists in the United States in at least two decades. It left one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, dead and dozens more injured. So its curious to see both Baked Alaska (real name Tim Gionet) and Millennial Matt (real name Matthew Colligan) insist that theyre not neo-Nazis and that theyve never advocated violence. Im starting to think that maybe they dont know what words mean.

If youre in the same boat, and dont know if youre a neo-Nazi, Ive made a helpful guide to determine if you are. To be clear, the neo in neo-Nazi is simply meant to differentiate between Nazis who were around in the 1940s versus those who subscribe to Nazi beliefs today but werent alive during Hitlers time. Sadly, there are still old school Nazis around, like 98-year-old Michael Karkoc who massacred women and children and currently lives in Minnesota.

If you answer yes to any of the questions below, youre a neo-Nazi.

The so-called 14 Words were coined by the late white supremacist David Lane and became a slogan for neo-Nazis around the world. The 14 Words read, We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Its not exactly subtle as far as Nazi slogans go.

In 1984, David Lane helped plot to kill Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, and acted as the getaway driver when he and his fellow neo-Nazi scum shot and killed Berg in his driveway. Lane was sentenced to 190 years and died in prison in 2007.

Baked Alaska loves to tweet the 14 Words. He sends it to President Trump and he makes videos of it. Lots of videos of it.

Yesterday, Baked Alaska tweeted his defense of the 14 Words, saying that theres nothing wrong with the slogan and that just because others have used them doesnt change the meaning. Its unclear if he understands the origin of the phrase, but he certainly understands that it means white advocacy.

But even if he has no idea that it was coined by a murderous white supremacist thug, its still a poisonous idea that has no place in society.

If you tweet the 14 Words youre a neo-Nazi.

Some people insist that Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt cant be neo-Nazis because theyre simply saying outrageous things to get a rise out of people. One of those things is that Hitler did nothing wrong. But at some point youre no longer trolling and youre simply stating what you believe.

Millennial Matt has said Hitler did nothing wrong so many times that its become his catchphrase. He says it on radio, in tweets, and in videos.

But what the hell does such a phrase mean? Adolf Hitler systematically killed millions of Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Saying he did nothing wrong is an endorsement of those deaths.

Amazingly, Millennial Matt says that hes never advocated for violence against anyone. In a weepy YouTube post he whined that people were now threatening his life after he attended the rallies in Virginia. Theres nothing funny about threatening peoples lives, he said.

But when you say that Hitler did nothing wrong you are explicitly advocating for violence against nonwhite people. Thats explicitly what Hitler did. Its kind of what hes known for. When you say Hitler did nothing wrong, and you say it so many times that people start to riff on it with jokes about other people who did nothing wrong youre advocating for violence. Thats kind of how this works.

If you say Hitler did nothing wrong, youre a neo-Nazi.

The salute goes by a lot of names: The Roman salute, the Hitler salute, and the Bellamy salute. But it only has one meaning since it was adopted by the Nazis in the 1930s. It means youre a neo-Nazi.

Baked Alaska documented his trip from his home in Los Angeles to Virginia on Twitter and YouTube for all the world to see. And one of his most frightening videos came from Friday during the infamous tiki torchlight riot. Baked Alaska shot video as his fellow marchers viciously assaulted non-violent counter protesters. They can be seen in the video beating people with their torches. The counter protestors later described fearing for their lives.

And when Baked Alaska pans around in the crowd, you can clearly see people giving Nazi salutes as they chant white lives matter.

If you attend a rally with people giving Hitler salutes, youre a neo-Nazi.

Did you see footage of people shouting hail victory at the rallies this weekend? Its the English translation of sieg heil, the notorious Nazi slogan. Baked Alaska shot video of himself saying just that.

They thought we werent going to stand up, Baked Alaska shouts into the camera. Guess what, were standing up for our rights! Were proud to be white!

Were proud to be white, brother, he continued while shaking hands with another white supremacist. Hail victory! Hell yeah! Thank you, love you guys.

If you shout hail victory while carrying a torch in public, youre a neo-Nazi.

Holocaust denial is pretty much textbook neo-Nazism. And Millennial Matt peddles in it constantly. At the 52-minute mark during the livestream from Virginia, Millennial Matt encourages viewers to look into revisionist history. Revisionist history often hinges on the belief that historians are lying about the fact that Nazi Germany executed millions of people.

The history that they taught you in middle school is not factually accurate, Millennial Matt tells his viewers. The reason that they teach you the civil rights movement and slavery in middle school is because you havent fully developed your brain yet.

If you wonder why people emotionally react when you talk about slavery, when you talk about the Holocaust, the reason people emotionally reaction is because they taught this to you before you were even old enough to realize what it is they were teaching you, he continued.

The history that they teach you about the Holocaust is not factually accurate whatsoever, he says.

The truth is, the Holocaust is one of the biggest hoaxes in world history, he said. Its one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated against the human race.

If you deny the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi.

Aside from believing that the history of the Holocaust isnt accurate, Millennial Matt also believes that Nazi soldiers were treated more poorly than Jews during World War II. He goes so far as to compare Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million people were systematically tortured and murdered, to a 5-star resort.

If you believe Americas treatment of Nazis was worse than the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi.

Baked Alaska also enjoys publishing photoshopped photos of Jewish people he doesnt like in gas chambers. President Trump is often depicted as the one administering the gas, dressed in Nazi regalia. Baked Alaska was even temporarily banned for doing it, but insists hed do it all over again.

If you publish photos of Jewish people you disagree with in gas chambers youre a neo-Nazi.

Youre never going to guess what WWII-figure Millennial Matt has in his Twitter header. Yes, thats Joseph Goebbels, easily one of the most evil men in history and responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews.

Oh, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke is also in there. Ironically, no doubt.

If you have a photo of Joseph Goebbels in your Twitter header youre a neo-Nazi.

New footage has emerged overnight of the vicious assault endured by 20-year-old Deandre Harris at the hands of white supremacists in a parking garage. Its brutal to watch.

Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought [the racists] left, but at one point they came back. Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us, Harris told The Root.

Harris is lucky to be alive. Judging by the video, it doesnt appear like Baked Alaska or Millennial Matt were anywhere in sight and had nothing to do with the beating. But if youre marching with these people, this is what youre marching for.

If you march with people who physically assault others because of their race youre a neo-Nazi.

Do you want to hear the good news? You dont have to be a neo-Nazi forever. What youve done in the past doesnt have to define your future if youd like to live a happier life. How do you stop being a neo-Nazi? Just stop doing all of the things above. You dont even have to join a new organization or donate to a nonprofit. Just stop being filled with irrational hate for people that are slightly different than you.

Its really as simple as that. Members of the alt-right have tried to rebrand their particular flavor of hate as new and stylish. But its the same old Nazi shit. If you do the thing above youre a neo-Nazi. If you stop doing the things above you can stop being a neo-Nazi.

So give it a try! I promise it wont hurt. In fact, it might give you time to pursue things that are more fun. Do you enjoy making memes? Try making anti-Nazi memes. Or you can forget about Nazism altogether. Watch a movie, or build a tree fort, or go jerk off. I promise that theyre all more fun than spreading the hatred of Nazism.

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America’s Far Right Has Global Roots – New York Magazine

The white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend were in one sense a manifestation of the ghosts of the Confederacy, but they also borrowed heavily from another, more recent philosophy of racial superiority: national socialism. In its blending of neo-Confederate and Nazi rhetoric and ideology, our contemporary white-nationalist movement is both distinctly American and part of a frightening international phenomenon.

In its neo-Confederate garb, the alt-right reflects the specific history of racism in the U.S., steeped in the history of slavery, the Civil War, the failure of Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement and the reaction thereto. In other words, it is a direct consequence of long-simmering tensions in American race relations and our national unwillingness to state unequivocally that the Confederacy was the villain of the Civil War, enabling revisionist histories that cast it as the victim. For all our protestations that this is not the America we know, this brand of racism and white supremacism is in our countrys very DNA.

The alt-rights Nazi imagery, rhetoric, and ideology, by comparison, are anything but American (though Hitler drew inspiration for his model of race-based lawmaking from Jim Crow). Indeed, Nazism is so un-American that, as Senator Orrin Hatch and others pointedly recalled, hundreds of thousands of young American lives were sacrificed within living memory in a war to eradicate it. To understand the neo-Nazi tendency in alt-right politics, one must look beyond the U.S. It turns out that the nationalism of the alt-right has an unmistakably international flavor.

Currently, Europe is also seeing an uptick in right-wing extremist activity, driven mainly by a backlash against the influx of migrants from Syria and other Middle Eastern conflict zones. Some of this activity ranges from the pointless to the silly: In July, thousands of literal Nazi punks descended on the tiny German town of Themar for a concert called Rock Against Foreign Domination, and this month, a group calling itself Defend Europe, made up of young right-wingers from Austria, France, Germany, and Italy, took to the Mediterranean Sea on a mission to block refugees and migrants from invading Europe with the help of humanitarian organizations that rescue them when their rickety crafts sink or they are set adrift by smugglers. In the end, the immigration vigilantes boat had engine trouble and they had to be rescued by one of those very same organizations.

Right-wing violence, however, is also on the rise. Germany recorded 3,500 attacks on asylum seekers and the places that house them last year, while in the U.K., the number of far-right and neo-Nazi extremists arrested for plotting acts of domestic terrorism doubled from 2015 to 2016. In Sweden, three members of that countrys neo-Nazi movement were recently jailed for a series of bombings targeting a left-wing bookstore and two asylum centers. Two of the perpetrators had previously traveled to Russia for paramilitary training with an ultranationalist organization that prepares civilians to fight in the all-consuming civilizational conflict they believe may be just around the corner.

The Russia connection is salient for the American far right as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin who styles himself as a defender of Christendom and traditional values against globalism, secularism, feminism, gay rights, and Islam has won as many fans among the alt-right as he has among their European counterparts. Steve Bannon, the chief ideologue of the Trump administration and a hero of the alt-right, has expressed sympathy for Putins national-hegemonic ideology of Eurasianism, and Alexander Dugin, the intellectual godfather of that philosophy, says the feeling is mutual. Alt-righters have also become fans of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom they see as a nationalist icon defending his country to the death against Islamism and Zionism.

This new wave of right-wing nationalism is definitely gaining strength, but so far, Western Europe has proven reassuringly resistant to backsliding into racism and xenophobia. Far-right candidates were defeated this year in national elections in France and the Netherlands, and the Euroskeptic, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is pulling just 8 percent in the latest polls for Germanys upcoming vote on September 24.

A vivid memory of the original catastrophe of Nazism helps keep its 21st-century imitators at bay, particularly in Germany, where every schoolchild is required to visit a concentration camp, Nazi symbols are outlawed, and even vague, implicit valorization of the Third Reich or Holocaust revisionism is met with swift and universal condemnation. The AfDs inability to gain traction in national politics has much to do with it stepping too close to the red lines Germany has drawn around ideologies it never wishes to see in its political mainstream again.

In the U.S., however, we have no such red lines. As Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed out at The Atlantic earlier this month, whereas the ringleaders of Nazi Germany were put on trial, their crimes documented and adjudged in a public hearing, and most were jailed or executed, not one author of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. This weekends atrocious gathering in Charlottesville was billed as a coming-together not of the fringes of the American right, but of a movement so mainstream that its intellectual leaders work in the White House, where they have not only the ear of the president, but also the ability to put words in his mouth. Little wonder, then, that Donald Trump has had so much trouble uttering the words radical white-supremacist terrorism.

Kim Jong-un will observe the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees before firing missiles, according to state media.

The Donkey Party has been getting a lot more votes than expected.

After violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, more cities have announced plans to remove Confederate memorials.

As he dragged his feet on condemning racist violence this weekend, the president was thinking fondly of the nativist demagogue Joe Arpaio.

The 23-year-old would-be terrorist told an FBI informant that he wanted to start the next revolution.

Alabama GOP voters likely to vault the wheezing campaign of Trumps endorsee Luther Strange into a runoff with the grim celebrity theocrat Roy Moore.

In the White House on Monday, Trump said racism is evil and called out white supremacists by name.

Alt-right activists who would like to distinguish themselves from the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville will march against Google.

Blending neo-Confederate and Nazi ideology, our white nationalist movement is part of a frightening international phenomenon.

More than words are needed to absolve the GOP and Donald Trump of collaborating with racists. But very direct words are essential as well.

A far stronger response than the president has mustered.

Kenneth Frazier, who runs Merck, said leaders must reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy.

And helped its key player escape to the United States.

A former teacher said he expressed white-supremacist views throughout high school, and he was kicked out of the Army after four months.

We still dont know if Trump plans to sabotage Obamacare, which is whats driving up 2018 premiums.

Republicans need to do a lot more than say the right words about Nazis to atone for their role in the revival of the racist right.

Many sides are to blame for the haphazard defense of the presidents response to Charlottesville, but none more so than Trump himself.

The wounds are raw in the city.

It calls the media enemies of the president.

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Media must cut through witness spin on police brutality reports – KDRTV

– Advertisement – Journalists reporting casualty figures from police brutality face similar problems whether in America or Kenya. Such reporting is often done after the fact and the journalists have to rely on information from the police, eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims to determine what happened. That often results in confusion and uncertainties. ELECTION – Advertisement – This is what has happened in the current controversy with regard to the violence that broke out in Kisumu and Kibera and Mathare in Nairobi after Nasa rejected the presidential election results. We do not know the exact number of people who were killed, because of the conflicting reports by the media and the police, as well as victims or their relatives. The media have been unable to cut through the confusion, denials, exaggerations and spin of the various actors and interested parties. DEATHS In reports published on Saturday, Nasa claimed that more than 100 people had been killed by police in the protests. But one media report said 12 people, including a 10-year-old girl shot dead in Mathare Area 2, have been killed in Nairobi and Kisumu. Yet another media report said 14 people had been killed, including 10 shot dead in Mathare, two in Migori and two in Kisumu between Friday and Saturday. The same report said earlier two children suffocated to death after tear gas was fired at protesters in Mathare Area 10, and two men were shot dead. CIVIL STRIFE But acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi denied the police had killed any protester. We know from history that battle or civil strife casualties are difficult to ascertain either because of the confusion or unverifiable narratives given by authorities and law enforcement, or because the eyewitnesses might not have been available or able to give an objective account. That is why we dont know for sure how many people were killed in the Rwanda genocide in 1994, though most accounts have settled on a figure of 800,000. In Kenya, we do not know exactly how many people died during the Mau Mau uprising. PROPAGANDA Its fashionable to exaggerate, deny or downplay casualty figures for propaganda purposes, political or even financial gain. Thats why, for example, holocaust revisionism denying the genocide of Jews and other groups after the Second Word War has persisted. Thats why Rwanda has a similar phenomenon of genocide denial. The tendency to exaggerate is common when there is something to be gained. For example, it was often said that Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa until 2009, when the French Institute for Research in Africa and Keyobs, a Belgian firm, using geographical information systems (GIS) methodology and a ground survey established that there were 200,000 residents, instead of the 700,000 to one million figures that were often quoted. FACTS The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census confirmed the findings. Hopefully, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, which has promised to investigate what happened during the protests, will shed light on the casualty figures and whether there was police brutality. Ipoa chairman Macharia Njeru has said he will rely on evidence and facts. COMMUNICATION In the meantime, there are useful lessons in the confusion. One is that the police need to streamline their public communication and to realise that transparency is the best policy. It is, of course, true that police tend to defend their own and officers may even lie. But thats why Ipoa was set up to provide civilian oversight over the work of the police and prevent impunity. MEDIA Another lesson is that the media need to do more than just listen to narratives from interested players. Every report needs to be rigorously cross-checked. If its not possible to do so immediately, the media stories should carry qualifiers such as unverified reports, unconfirmed reports, according information available so far, and so on. Send your complaints to [emailprotected] Text or call 0721 989 264. email print – Advertisement –

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Media must cut through witness spin on police brutality reports – Daily Nation

Thursday August 17 2017 Residents of Obunga slum in Kisumu read the Daily Nation on August 16, 2017. Every report needs to be rigorously cross-checked. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GROUP Journalists reporting casualty figures from police brutality face similar problems whether in America or Kenya. Such reporting is often done after the fact and the journalists have to rely on information from the police, eyewitnesses and relatives of the victims to determine what happened. That often results in confusion and uncertainties. This is what has happened in the current controversy with regard to the violence that broke out in Kisumu and Kibera and Mathare in Nairobi after Nasa rejected the presidential election results. We do not know the exact number of people who were killed, because of the conflicting reports by the media and the police, as well as victims or their relatives. The media have been unable to cut through the confusion, denials, exaggerations and spin of the various actors and interested parties. In reports published on Saturday, Nasa claimed that more than 100 people had been killed by police in the protests. But one media report said 12 people, including a 10-year-old girl shot dead in Mathare Area 2, have been killed in Nairobi and Kisumu. Yet another media report said 14 people had been killed, including 10 shot dead in Mathare, two in Migori and two in Kisumu between Friday and Saturday. The same report said earlier two children suffocated to death after tear gas was fired at protesters in Mathare Area 10, and two men were shot dead. But acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi denied the police had killed any protester. We know from history that battle or civil strife casualties are difficult to ascertain either because of the confusion or unverifiable narratives given by authorities and law enforcement, or because the eyewitnesses might not have been available or able to give an objective account. That is why we dont know for sure how many people were killed in the Rwanda genocide in 1994, though most accounts have settled on a figure of 800,000. In Kenya, we do not know exactly how many people died during the Mau Mau uprising. Its fashionable to exaggerate, deny or downplay casualty figures for propaganda purposes, political or even financial gain. Thats why, for example, holocaust revisionism – denying the genocide of Jews and other groups after the Second Word War – has persisted. Thats why Rwanda has a similar phenomenon of genocide denial. The tendency to exaggerate is common when there is something to be gained. For example, it was often said that Kibera is the biggest slum in Africa until 2009, when the French Institute for Research in Africa and Keyobs, a Belgian firm, using geographical information systems (GIS) methodology and a ground survey established that there were 200,000 residents, instead of the 700,000 to one million figures that were often quoted. The 2009 Kenya Population and Housing Census confirmed the findings. Hopefully, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority, which has promised to investigate what happened during the protests, will shed light on the casualty figures and whether there was police brutality. Ipoa chairman Macharia Njeru has said he will rely on evidence and facts. In the meantime, there are useful lessons in the confusion. One is that the police need to streamline their public communication and to realise that transparency is the best policy. It is, of course, true that police tend to defend their own and officers may even lie. But thats why Ipoa was set up to provide civilian oversight over the work of the police and prevent impunity. Another lesson is that the media need to do more than just listen to narratives from interested players. Every report needs to be rigorously cross-checked. If its not possible to do so immediately, the media stories should carry qualifiers such as unverified reports, unconfirmed reports, according information available so far, and so on. She says her goal now is to support the team that will be making IEBC’s case at the Supreme The President said Kenyans should steer away from tension instigated by politics.

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How the alt-right got kicked offline after Charlottesville from Uber to Google – The Denver Post

The alt-right grew up on the Internet. Now, after Charlottesville, Viriginia, some of the far-right movements most infamous personalities are getting kicked off. Off Uber, Google and PayPal in one case, kicked off the web entirely as tech companies rush to condemn last weekends violent white nationalist marches and penalize those who condoned them. I havent seen them take this much action on all these platforms, ever, said Keegan Hankes of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has long accused tech companies of tolerating hate speech. I think the shocking images people saw have created enough attention that these companies are taking action, he said. It looks bad if they dont. Heres our tally of which right-wing personalities have been blocked by which tech giants, and why. The Daily Stormer, an infamous white supremacist website, has endured server-related humiliations from its online landlords in the past few days. The sites Web host, GoDaddy, evicted it last weekend, after the site published an article disparaging a woman who was killed while protesting the Unite the Right rally. GoDaddy, which had long withstood calls to ban the Stormer, accused the site of violating its terms of service. The Stormer quickly moved its servers to Google, which promptly evicted it, too. By Monday, the Verge reported, the site had retreated to the dark Web forced to publish its white supremacist screeds through anonymous platforms that most people never see. Its also online in Russia, apparently. Another white supremacist group, Vanguard America, was yanked offline by WordPress after its members rallied in Charlottesville. Uber executives personally thanked and honored a driver who kicked three far-right celebrities out of her vehicle before the rally, accusing them of racist comments, someone with the company told The Washington Post. The three men Baked Alaska, James Allsup and Millennial Matt caught an Uber ride in Washington a day before the rally. Millennial Matt whose Twitter feed is full of Holocaust revisionist material said they were kicked to the curb after they called the Museum of African American History and Culture ugly. But the driver accused them of worse. In curbside video, the men argue with her about whether they made racist comments in the car. The company permanently banned Allsup, invited the driver to give a speech to thousands of other employees this week, and defended her in statement to The Post. The events surrounding the white supremacist rally in the City of Charlottesville are deeply disturbing and tragic, the company wrote. We stand against this hate, violence, and discrimination. Ubers community guidelines require riders and drivers to treat each other with respect. When a rider or driver doesnt follow these guidelines, we take swift and decisive action, as we did in this instance. That statement aligns Uber with its sedentary counterpart, Airbnb, which cracked down on people suspected of using its service to rent rooms for white supremacist parties during the rally, according to Gizmodo. Discord, which is supposed to be a voice chat program for online gamers, had by 2017 become the alt-rights favorite chat app, as the New York Times put it. A Times reporter monitored a far-right Discord server as it organized for the Charlottesville rally and saw swastikas and praise for Hitler in the chat rooms. Discord executives knew about such hate groups before the rally, the Times reported, but cracked down only after the marches devolved into violence. Now the Daily Stormers Discord server no longer works, among unspecified others. The most prominent site to be muted may be AltRight.com, which told the gaming site Kotaku that people in our movement will simply find other alternatives to express their views. One of the largest crowdfunding sites, GoFundMe, told Reuters that it shut down several campaigns to raise money for the man accused of driving a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the rally, killing one and injuring many. Those campaigns did not raise any money and they were immediately removed, a spokesman told the outlet. Kickstarter, meanwhile, said it hadnt seen any fundraisers for the suspect but had similar policies banning hate speech and the promotion of violence. The online payment giant PayPal was accused by the SPLC of allowing hate groups to raise funds for the rally and announced late Tuesday that it would bar users from taking donations. The events in Charlottesville are yet another disturbing example of the many forms that racism and hatred manifest, the company wrote. Prejudice, however, does not always march in the street. The social media behemoths Twitter and Facebook have been less active in the backlash against the alt-right. Twitter didnt respond to questions from The Post about its stance on Charlottesville. Earlier this year, the site cracked down on users accused of hateful conduct, including an avowed white nationalist. Although Facebook hasnt released a statement on Charlottesville, a company representative told The Post that it took down an event page for the rally over the weekend, after threats of violence and links to hate groups became clear. Since then, the representative said, Facebook has blocked people from sharing a Daily Stormer article attacking the dead protester, unless the person who shares it explicitly condemns it in the same post. Limited as that move was, it seemed remarkable to some. The Verge is unaware of any previous moderation effort in which individual employees have assessed every shared caption for a given URL, the tech outlet wrote.

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Rawlings Proposes a Task Force on Dallas’ Confederate Statues – D Magazine

Addressing mounting calls to tear down the citys Confederate statues, Mayor Mike Rawlings on Tuesday proposed the creation of a task force that will study the issue in order to come up with a resolution that will see Dallas united. While saying that he personally viewed the statues at Lee Park in Oak Lawn and at a memorial near the convention center as dangerous totems and monuments of propaganda, Rawlings declined to support their immediate removal at a press conference. Its easy to jump on the bandwagon and say, Tear them down, because its, frankly, politically correct, and in many ways it makes us all feel good. I feel that way, he said. But I hesitate, and the reason is because I realize that the city of Dallas is better, is stronger, when we are united, and not divided. Rawlings said he relied on the city charter and policies on public art to support his decision for a slower, deliberative process. The task force, whose members would be appointed by city council members, would work for 90 days before presenting its findings to the board of the Office of Cultural Affairs, which would then make a presentation to the City Council. Dallas residents and the citys Quality of Life Committee would be allowed to weigh in before any final decision was made about the fate of the statues, Rawlings said. The mayor has asked two organizations to advise the task force: Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, a national grant-funded effort to support just that, and the Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education & Tolerance. Rawlings said there was, as of yet, no City Council agenda item for his proposal, but that he was moving on it rapidly. The mayors call for a task force, in some ways, resembles that of a memo originally supported by council members Philip Kingston, Scott Griggs, Casey Thomas, Mark Clayton, and Adam Medrano. Thomas withdrew his name from the resolution shortly after the mayors press conference, according to Griggs, which would prevent a vote on the memo at a Sept. 13 City Council meeting. (Update:West Dallas council member Omar Narvaez has since added his signature to the memo, apparently providing the five votes needed to place an item on the agenda.) That resolutioncalls for the city to make opposition to Confederate monuments and public places named for prominent Confederates an official policy. It would also create a task force of diverse community leaders and scholars to determine whatto do with monuments and symbols after removal from public spaces, and to propose new commemorative markers.The resolution, which Kingston would have liked to have seen on the agenda for an upcoming council meeting, similarly allows for educational public meetings on the issue. Kingston, speaking on the phone after Tuesdays press conference, said he was confused by elements of the mayors proposal, but he applauded Rawlings description of the monuments as racist propaganda. I really hope were on the same page, Kingston said. Heated conversations over Dallas Confederate monuments have been a mainstay of the citys public discourse for years, and Kingston has long been a supporter of removing the statues. But last weekends events in Charlottesville, Va., where violence ensued at a white supremacist rally in support of that citys Confederate statues, seems to have accelerated the discussion. I feel more of a sense of urgency, Kingston said. Its time to have this debate and get it behind us, so that we can move on to the racial healing that I think the mayor quite rightly calls for. Rawlings himself addressed the racist violence in Charlottesville, saying that the involvement of a Dallas native, the white supremacist and St. Marks alumni Richard Spencer, in the hate rally, made it extremely difficult for me as mayor of Dallas. He said the Dallas Police Department would ensure public safety and the peaceful exercise of free speech at a Saturday protest urging the removal of the monuments. We will not have street brawls in our city, he said. Rawlings comments were especially pointed in light of Dallas ugly history with racism, which he talked about in his opening statement. We know about this bigotry and hate all too well in Dallas, a place that for so long was a bastion of the Ku Klux Klan and was dubbed the City of Hate. A place that 13 months ago a madman came here to kill certain cops just because they were white, Rawlings said. As we try to grow as a city, we can never ignore the fact that race and our racial injustices of the past continue to haunt us, and the institutional racism we see economically every day keeps us from the goal that we have as a city. One symbol of those injustices are public art and statues in some parts of our city. The mayors press conference was streamed live on his Facebook page. You can watch it in full below:

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Fitting reminder of need for humane outlook in troubled times – Independent.ie

Dr Hoffman, author of ‘Lost in Translation’, spoke of her youthful identity crisis as a 13-year-old Polish migr to Canada, who could not communicate with her English-speaking peers. She spoke of learning English, yet retaining the cultural identification of a Polish formation, as a bifold identity developed. She spoke of developing an internationalist worldview, appreciative of multiple cultural and social forces. She also, however, spoke of her fear of how the ‘humanistic’ ideals of freedom, both personal and political, that engineered the downfall of communism and drew her native Poland and eastern-block states towards a nascent liberal democratic system post-1989, was in mortal peril with the rise of hard-right, ultra-nationalist factions. She spoke of how political revisionist projects in the region are moulding collective memory to create a national identity of victimhood under firstly National Socialism, immediately followed by communist totalitarian rule. This revisionist worldview subjugated the suffering of minorities – including the three million murdered Polish Jews of the Shoah – as ultra-nationalist rhetoric retrenched freedoms of the post-communist era.

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Lincoln Memorial vandalized with spray paint – The Hill (blog)

The Lincoln Memorial in Washington wasvandalized with red spray paint. The graffiti found on a pillar at the monument appeared to say”f— law,” the National Park Servicetold local stationNBC 4 News. A preservation crew is already working to remove the graffiti, which was discoveredearly Tuesday morning, the NPS said. The crew is applying a “mild, gel-type architectural paint stripper” to remove thered paint without damaging the underlying stone, according to the report. The park service is still investigating the matter. The vandalism comes amid a public debate over Civil War statues and memorials honoring the Confederacy. White supremacist groups converged on Charlottesville, Va., to protest the removal of a state of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on Saturday, which led to violence. One person was killed and at least 19 were wounded after a man who took part in the white supremacist rallies drove his car into a crowd of counterprotesters. The alleged driver, James Alex Fields Jr., was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Protestors toppleda Confederate statuein Durham, N.C., on Monday night. And in Boston, police arrested a suspect accused of vandalizing the citys Holocaust memorial.

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How to Tell If You’re a Neo-Nazi – Gizmodo – Gizmodo

GIF Internet personalities Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt had a lot of fun at this past weekends white supremacist rallies. Well, until Baked Alaska was maced, I guess. They used tools like Twitter and YouTube to bring their online followers into the heart of the racist action. But curiously, the two still insist that theyre not neo-Nazis. So what the hell is a neo-Nazi? The rallies in Charlottesville, Virginia were the largest collection of white supremacists in the United States in at least two decades. It left one woman, 32-year-old Heather Heyer, dead and dozens more injured. So its curious to see both Baked Alaska (real name Tim Gionet) and Millennial Matt (real name Matthew Colligan) insist that theyre not neo-Nazis and that theyve never advocated violence. Im starting to think that maybe they dont know what words mean. If youre in the same boat, and dont know if youre a neo-Nazi, Ive made a helpful guide to determine if you are. To be clear, the neo in neo-Nazi is simply meant to differentiate between Nazis who were around in the 1940s versus those who subscribe to Nazi beliefs today but werent alive during Hitlers time. Sadly, there are still old school Nazis around, like 98-year-old Michael Karkoc who massacred women and children and currently lives in Minnesota. If you answer yes to any of the questions below, youre a neo-Nazi. The so-called 14 Words were coined by the late white supremacist David Lane and became a slogan for neo-Nazis around the world. The 14 Words read, We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Its not exactly subtle as far as Nazi slogans go. In 1984, David Lane helped plot to kill Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, and acted as the getaway driver when he and his fellow neo-Nazi scum shot and killed Berg in his driveway. Lane was sentenced to 190 years and died in prison in 2007. Baked Alaska loves to tweet the 14 Words. He sends it to President Trump and he makes videos of it. Lots of videos of it. Yesterday, Baked Alaska tweeted his defense of the 14 Words, saying that theres nothing wrong with the slogan and that just because others have used them doesnt change the meaning. Its unclear if he understands the origin of the phrase, but he certainly understands that it means white advocacy. But even if he has no idea that it was coined by a murderous white supremacist thug, its still a poisonous idea that has no place in society. If you tweet the 14 Words youre a neo-Nazi. Some people insist that Baked Alaska and Millennial Matt cant be neo-Nazis because theyre simply saying outrageous things to get a rise out of people. One of those things is that Hitler did nothing wrong. But at some point youre no longer trolling and youre simply stating what you believe. Millennial Matt has said Hitler did nothing wrong so many times that its become his catchphrase. He says it on radio, in tweets, and in videos. But what the hell does such a phrase mean? Adolf Hitler systematically killed millions of Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Saying he did nothing wrong is an endorsement of those deaths. Amazingly, Millennial Matt says that hes never advocated for violence against anyone. In a weepy YouTube post he whined that people were now threatening his life after he attended the rallies in Virginia. Theres nothing funny about threatening peoples lives, he said. But when you say that Hitler did nothing wrong you are explicitly advocating for violence against nonwhite people. Thats explicitly what Hitler did. Its kind of what hes known for. When you say Hitler did nothing wrong, and you say it so many times that people start to riff on it with jokes about other people who did nothing wrong youre advocating for violence. Thats kind of how this works. If you say Hitler did nothing wrong, youre a neo-Nazi. The salute goes by a lot of names: The Roman salute, the Hitler salute, and the Bellamy salute. But it only has one meaning since it was adopted by the Nazis in the 1930s. It means youre a neo-Nazi. Baked Alaska documented his trip from his home in Los Angeles to Virginia on Twitter and YouTube for all the world to see. And one of his most frightening videos came from Friday during the infamous tiki torchlight riot. Baked Alaska shot video as his fellow marchers viciously assaulted non-violent counter protesters. They can be seen in the video beating people with their torches. The counter protestors later described fearing for their lives. And when Baked Alaska pans around in the crowd, you can clearly see people giving Nazi salutes as they chant white lives matter. If you attend a rally with people giving Hitler salutes, youre a neo-Nazi. Did you see footage of people shouting hail victory at the rallies this weekend? Its the English translation of sieg heil, the notorious Nazi slogan. Baked Alaska shot video of himself saying just that. They thought we werent going to stand up, Baked Alaska shouts into the camera. Guess what, were standing up for our rights! Were proud to be white! Were proud to be white, brother, he continued while shaking hands with another white supremacist. Hail victory! Hell yeah! Thank you, love you guys. If you shout hail victory while carrying a torch in public, youre a neo-Nazi. Holocaust denial is pretty much textbook neo-Nazism. And Millennial Matt peddles in it constantly. At the 52-minute mark during the livestream from Virginia, Millennial Matt encourages viewers to look into revisionist history. Revisionist history often hinges on the belief that historians are lying about the fact that Nazi Germany executed millions of people. The history that they taught you in middle school is not factually accurate, Millennial Matt tells his viewers. The reason that they teach you the civil rights movement and slavery in middle school is because you havent fully developed your brain yet. If you wonder why people emotionally react when you talk about slavery, when you talk about the Holocaust, the reason people emotionally reaction is because they taught this to you before you were even old enough to realize what it is they were teaching you, he continued. The history that they teach you about the Holocaust is not factually accurate whatsoever, he says. The truth is, the Holocaust is one of the biggest hoaxes in world history, he said. Its one of the biggest lies ever perpetrated against the human race. If you deny the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi. Aside from believing that the history of the Holocaust isnt accurate, Millennial Matt also believes that Nazi soldiers were treated more poorly than Jews during World War II. He goes so far as to compare Auschwitz, where an estimated 1.1 million people were systematically tortured and murdered, to a 5-star resort. If you believe Americas treatment of Nazis was worse than the Holocaust youre a neo-Nazi. Baked Alaska also enjoys publishing photoshopped photos of Jewish people he doesnt like in gas chambers. President Trump is often depicted as the one administering the gas, dressed in Nazi regalia. Baked Alaska was even temporarily banned for doing it, but insists hed do it all over again. If you publish photos of Jewish people you disagree with in gas chambers youre a neo-Nazi. Youre never going to guess what WWII-figure Millennial Matt has in his Twitter header. Yes, thats Joseph Goebbels, easily one of the most evil men in history and responsible for the deaths of millions of Jews. Oh, and former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke is also in there. Ironically, no doubt. If you have a photo of Joseph Goebbels in your Twitter header youre a neo-Nazi. New footage has emerged overnight of the vicious assault endured by 20-year-old Deandre Harris at the hands of white supremacists in a parking garage. Its brutal to watch. Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought [the racists] left, but at one point they came back. Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us, Harris told The Root. Harris is lucky to be alive. Judging by the video, it doesnt appear like Baked Alaska or Millennial Matt were anywhere in sight and had nothing to do with the beating. But if youre marching with these people, this is what youre marching for. If you march with people who physically assault others because of their race youre a neo-Nazi. Do you want to hear the good news? You dont have to be a neo-Nazi forever. What youve done in the past doesnt have to define your future if youd like to live a happier life. How do you stop being a neo-Nazi? Just stop doing all of the things above. You dont even have to join a new organization or donate to a nonprofit. Just stop being filled with irrational hate for people that are slightly different than you. Its really as simple as that. Members of the alt-right have tried to rebrand their particular flavor of hate as new and stylish. But its the same old Nazi shit. If you do the thing above youre a neo-Nazi. If you stop doing the things above you can stop being a neo-Nazi. So give it a try! I promise it wont hurt. In fact, it might give you time to pursue things that are more fun. Do you enjoy making memes? Try making anti-Nazi memes. Or you can forget about Nazism altogether. Watch a movie, or build a tree fort, or go jerk off. I promise that theyre all more fun than spreading the hatred of Nazism.

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America’s Far Right Has Global Roots – New York Magazine

The white supremacists who terrorized Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend were in one sense a manifestation of the ghosts of the Confederacy, but they also borrowed heavily from another, more recent philosophy of racial superiority: national socialism. In its blending of neo-Confederate and Nazi rhetoric and ideology, our contemporary white-nationalist movement is both distinctly American and part of a frightening international phenomenon. In its neo-Confederate garb, the alt-right reflects the specific history of racism in the U.S., steeped in the history of slavery, the Civil War, the failure of Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, Jim Crow, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement and the reaction thereto. In other words, it is a direct consequence of long-simmering tensions in American race relations and our national unwillingness to state unequivocally that the Confederacy was the villain of the Civil War, enabling revisionist histories that cast it as the victim. For all our protestations that this is not the America we know, this brand of racism and white supremacism is in our countrys very DNA. The alt-rights Nazi imagery, rhetoric, and ideology, by comparison, are anything but American (though Hitler drew inspiration for his model of race-based lawmaking from Jim Crow). Indeed, Nazism is so un-American that, as Senator Orrin Hatch and others pointedly recalled, hundreds of thousands of young American lives were sacrificed within living memory in a war to eradicate it. To understand the neo-Nazi tendency in alt-right politics, one must look beyond the U.S. It turns out that the nationalism of the alt-right has an unmistakably international flavor. Currently, Europe is also seeing an uptick in right-wing extremist activity, driven mainly by a backlash against the influx of migrants from Syria and other Middle Eastern conflict zones. Some of this activity ranges from the pointless to the silly: In July, thousands of literal Nazi punks descended on the tiny German town of Themar for a concert called Rock Against Foreign Domination, and this month, a group calling itself Defend Europe, made up of young right-wingers from Austria, France, Germany, and Italy, took to the Mediterranean Sea on a mission to block refugees and migrants from invading Europe with the help of humanitarian organizations that rescue them when their rickety crafts sink or they are set adrift by smugglers. In the end, the immigration vigilantes boat had engine trouble and they had to be rescued by one of those very same organizations. Right-wing violence, however, is also on the rise. Germany recorded 3,500 attacks on asylum seekers and the places that house them last year, while in the U.K., the number of far-right and neo-Nazi extremists arrested for plotting acts of domestic terrorism doubled from 2015 to 2016. In Sweden, three members of that countrys neo-Nazi movement were recently jailed for a series of bombings targeting a left-wing bookstore and two asylum centers. Two of the perpetrators had previously traveled to Russia for paramilitary training with an ultranationalist organization that prepares civilians to fight in the all-consuming civilizational conflict they believe may be just around the corner. The Russia connection is salient for the American far right as well. Russian President Vladimir Putin who styles himself as a defender of Christendom and traditional values against globalism, secularism, feminism, gay rights, and Islam has won as many fans among the alt-right as he has among their European counterparts. Steve Bannon, the chief ideologue of the Trump administration and a hero of the alt-right, has expressed sympathy for Putins national-hegemonic ideology of Eurasianism, and Alexander Dugin, the intellectual godfather of that philosophy, says the feeling is mutual. Alt-righters have also become fans of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, whom they see as a nationalist icon defending his country to the death against Islamism and Zionism. This new wave of right-wing nationalism is definitely gaining strength, but so far, Western Europe has proven reassuringly resistant to backsliding into racism and xenophobia. Far-right candidates were defeated this year in national elections in France and the Netherlands, and the Euroskeptic, anti-refugee Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is pulling just 8 percent in the latest polls for Germanys upcoming vote on September 24. A vivid memory of the original catastrophe of Nazism helps keep its 21st-century imitators at bay, particularly in Germany, where every schoolchild is required to visit a concentration camp, Nazi symbols are outlawed, and even vague, implicit valorization of the Third Reich or Holocaust revisionism is met with swift and universal condemnation. The AfDs inability to gain traction in national politics has much to do with it stepping too close to the red lines Germany has drawn around ideologies it never wishes to see in its political mainstream again. In the U.S., however, we have no such red lines. As Ta-Nehisi Coates pointed out at The Atlantic earlier this month, whereas the ringleaders of Nazi Germany were put on trial, their crimes documented and adjudged in a public hearing, and most were jailed or executed, not one author of the Confederacy was convicted of treason. This weekends atrocious gathering in Charlottesville was billed as a coming-together not of the fringes of the American right, but of a movement so mainstream that its intellectual leaders work in the White House, where they have not only the ear of the president, but also the ability to put words in his mouth. Little wonder, then, that Donald Trump has had so much trouble uttering the words radical white-supremacist terrorism. Kim Jong-un will observe the foolish and stupid conduct of the Yankees before firing missiles, according to state media. The Donkey Party has been getting a lot more votes than expected. After violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, more cities have announced plans to remove Confederate memorials. As he dragged his feet on condemning racist violence this weekend, the president was thinking fondly of the nativist demagogue Joe Arpaio. The 23-year-old would-be terrorist told an FBI informant that he wanted to start the next revolution. Alabama GOP voters likely to vault the wheezing campaign of Trumps endorsee Luther Strange into a runoff with the grim celebrity theocrat Roy Moore. In the White House on Monday, Trump said racism is evil and called out white supremacists by name. Alt-right activists who would like to distinguish themselves from the white supremacists who rioted in Charlottesville will march against Google. Blending neo-Confederate and Nazi ideology, our white nationalist movement is part of a frightening international phenomenon. More than words are needed to absolve the GOP and Donald Trump of collaborating with racists. But very direct words are essential as well. A far stronger response than the president has mustered. Kenneth Frazier, who runs Merck, said leaders must reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy. And helped its key player escape to the United States. A former teacher said he expressed white-supremacist views throughout high school, and he was kicked out of the Army after four months. We still dont know if Trump plans to sabotage Obamacare, which is whats driving up 2018 premiums. Republicans need to do a lot more than say the right words about Nazis to atone for their role in the revival of the racist right. Many sides are to blame for the haphazard defense of the presidents response to Charlottesville, but none more so than Trump himself. The wounds are raw in the city. It calls the media enemies of the president.

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How Germany responds to blood and soil politics – The Economist (blog)

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