Thursday, August 31, 2017

Gif of the Day


Same bro.

The Right and Their Sudden Concern About Marxism

This is making me a little nervous. It was just a couple years ago that I started seeing the term "cultural Marxism" pop up, used as a derogatory term against feminism and "social justice warriors." It came from a certain type of anti-feminist, anti-sjw person, MRA, GamerGater or what have you - the super faux intellectual type that always started out using big words and kinda trying to seem reasonable but a little pushing and it quickly became clear that they held extreme views. Now I recognize that these individuals as closet white supremacists, now not so closeted. The future "alt-right."

In the wake of Charlottesville, I'm starting to see the word "Marxism" pop up in mainstream news headlines. Because white nationalists are claiming their hate rallies and marches to be against it. They're titling them "March Against Marxism" and other equally nonsensical things, because lol what Marxism? The U.S. is pretty much as anti-communist as it gets, and let's be real, most of us don't know much about the differences between communism and Marxism.

On the one hand, it's clearly a reactionary defense mechanism, just like always. People are marching against their ism so they'll find any ism they can find to pin on us (the non-nazis) and march against that. But I'm also concerned because scapegoating is pretty much the #1 way that fascists rise to power. The German Nazi Party did it pre-WWII, with Jewish people, and with communists.

Courtesy of Nova and the Decentral Department of Kitschy Propaganda

Don't get me wrong, our current nazi problem is attacking Jewish people to get support as well. It's just mostly through dog whistles about globalization and banker conspiracy theories that always include Jewish individuals in their list of boogeymen pulling all the strings behind the scenes.

But the combination of relentless attacks on the press and this sudden talk of Marxism as though it's always been a strong influencing force in this country all juxtaposed against that old newspaper clip up there - I'm a liiiiittle concerned.

Now, I'm sympathetic to communists. It sounds a hell of a lot better than capitalism. But the general public of this country isn't ready for that. I half expect some rando to find this post and start screaming about the mass murders of Joseph Stalin in the comments because people don't understand what communism is here, at all. I therefore think the best course of action is to start seriously studying communism and Marxism to make it easier to explain to the average person why these alt-right fucks are full of shit, while maybe planting the seed of "actually communism doesn't equal millions of dead people."

Maybe being armed with knowledge will actually help for once.

Mayor of Michigan Town Bans All Straight People

Lol yeah that headline is clickbait. It's technically true but straight people aren't actually banned. Anymore, at least. But it is a hilarious story and don't we need some of that?

Actually, this headline makes it even funnier:

'Mayor' of Hell bans all straight people from entering Michigan town

In a series of comical Tweets sent out on Wednesday, Aug. 30, comedian and internet personality Elijah Daniel explained that he was named the legal mayor of Hell, Michigan when he was presented a proclamation signed by former "mayor" Odum Plenty.

What happened is that the small unincorporated territory that is for some reason called Hell, Michigan has leaned into the name and created an attraction wherein you can be named mayor of Hell for a day for $100-110. So Daniel jumped on it and used his temporary power to ban all the straights.


"Growing up, I was always told that homosexuals would go to Hell," the notice reads. "Now, the heterosexuals are trying to take this from us, too."


Amazing.

Then, this national hero used the opportunity to make fun of Trump.



He was apparently impeached in under an hour, but he took it well.


These are the feel-good stories America needs right now. Thank you, Former Mayor Elijah Daniel.

Now THIS is comedy.

How Not to Be Funny

I know I'm the authoritarian overlord of destroying all humor or whatever but I think even a normal humor-appreciator would be able to tell you that this isn't fucking funny:

Officer to woman during traffic stop: 'We only kill black people, right?'

Yeah. Officer caught on tape, trying to get a female passenger of a pulled over car to do something with her phone (why?), and she's saying she doesn't want to put her hands down because she's seen too many videos of cops shooting people in similar situations. And she prefaces this by saying "I'm really sorry." It sounds like the woman, though I guess not black, was a woman of color. She was clearly terrified, not "non-compliant" as the police department describes her. The officer's response is less than comforting.

"But you're not black. Remember, we only kill black people. Yeah, we only kill black people, right? All the videos you've seen, have you seen the black people get killed?"

That's a fuller transcript of what the officer said, seen here:


And here's the officer's defense:
His comments must be observed in their totality to understand their context. He was attempting to de-escalate a situation involving an uncooperative passenger. In context, his comments were clearly aimed at attempting to gain compliance by using the passenger's own statements and reasoning to avoid making an arrest.
Yeah, I've seen plenty of context. She wasn't "uncooperative," she was terrified, and with good reason. Like, maybe there's a chance she was just trying to make a point, but not only do I highly doubt it, the cop should just go ahead and assume she's actually afraid. You know what you could do? Back the fuck up. Take out your gun and put it on the ground. Or just leave her the fuck alone, why do you need her to do anything with her phone? But do not make some snide, bitter remark saying you "only kill black people."

That's not reasoning. If the officer really thought that was going to gain her compliance, then he's a shit cop. But I don't buy that for a second. What I see here, clearly, is an officer who is offended by this woman saying she's afraid she's going to be killed if she puts her hands down and goes instantly into petty, bitter defensive mode. And knowing his whiteness and his being a cop would protect him from any real consequences, he doesn't care that he's being recorded. After all, the cops that actually do shoot people of color for any excuse they can possibly come up with almost always get off scot-free, so why not him?

I feel so bad for that woman. My heart rate jumped just listening to him say "but we only kill black people." That to me says this is a man who is utterly cavalier about the ending of lives, is more concerned about his hurt feelings than her safety, and is getting upset in the moment which is fucking terrifying. And that's the real horror. There's nothing this woman could have done to actually make herself safe, because officers will shoot at anything that could possibly be perceived as a threat, such as her reaching for something on her lap, and they will become violent and possibly shoot when they feel like they're being defied, when they're offended, angry, frustrated, whatever. She's lucky to be alive but also never should have been put in that impossible and likely traumatizing situation to begin with. I hope she's okay.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Gif of the Day


Thank you. Thank you so much.

Pepe the Frog Creator is the Hero We Need

You know that creepy frog thing used by alt-right trolls and neo-nazis so much that it, bizarrely, has been declared a hate symbol? It was originally just another bit of weird art created by comic artist Matt Furie that got turned into a meme. I used to see it all the time on Tumblr. I never really understood the comedic value of this particular meme, maybe because the frog always kind of unnerved me, but it was just another part of the younger generation's foray into absurdist, Dada-esque humor.

But I guess assholes on 4chan and actual neo-nazi sites loved it even more, and it became a hate symbol to the dismay of poor, poor Matt Furie. Seriously I feel so bad for that guy. He just likes to draw muscular armadillos and hamburger head people. He never asked for this.

Yet even though none of this is his fault, Matt's taking on these nazi fuckers anyway.

Pepe the Frog Creator Shuts Down Publication of Alt-Right Children's Book

Comic artist Matt Furie and a team of lawyers reached an out-of-court settlement on Monday with Eric Hauser, the author of the The Adventures of Pepe and Pede, which was self-published on August 1st but later picked up by conservative publishing house Post Hill Press. Furie claimed the new book was both racist and Islamaphobic.
...
"Matt has really decided he wants to aggressively enforce his intellectual property against somebody who is using it in a racist way, or to promote white supremacy, or any kind of hate," Louis Tompros, one of Furie's attorneys, said on Monday. "This is a circumstance in which we have his creation being marketed in this children's book along with really horrible themes." 
Hauser and Furie's agreement requires Hauser to donate the book's $1,521.54 in profits to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, destroy all hard and electronic copies in his possession, and cease publication of the book. This is Furie's first legal action against a copyright infringement on the Pepe character, though Tompros suggested it wouldn't be the last.

This is the best example of getting lemons and making lemonade and then forcing the lemon-giver to donate the lemonade to the people the lemon-giver hates that I've ever seen. Thank you, Matt Furie, for being an amazing ray of sunshine in an ever-darkening world. I love you.

Police Support White Supremacists

I'm not talking about a theoretically, general sense in that their literal purpose is to protect the ruling class and the status quo. I mean that like a news headline. In Charlottesville, they supported white supremacists. In Seattle, they supported, protected, and defended white supremacists. And when those white supremacists attacked, police did little to nothing.

We all remember Ferguson, right? Have you forgotten? The tanks rolling through neighborhood streets, images of police aiming sniper rifles directly at protesters, reports of tear gas being thrown into people's backyards. Ferguson was turned into a war zone, or at least what it looks like when the U.S. goes and occupies Middle Eastern counties for years and years and years because we want their oil and general control over the region.

White supremacist marchers in Charlottesville? Different story. It recently came out that a white supremacist literally fired a gun in the middle of their march, could have easily hit someone, and police just stood there as he walked away. The video is kind of fucking horrifying. It shows a different perspective from that photo of the black dude spraying fire at white supremacists. Turns out this man, Corey Long, was using a can of spray paint a white supremacists had thrown at him to try and protect a frightened elderly man. In the video, you can see something being sprayed at or near the marching white supremacists, and then at one point one of them appears to strike out at someone. A second or two after, you can see the flame, but Long is obscured by people. The flame doesn't come close to touching anyone, appearing to just be a warning to back the fuck off.

Effective, safer than a gun.
Then a white man, clearly in view of the camera, can be clearly heard saying "hey [n-word]!" and he points a gun at head level and pulls the trigger. Thank fucking god, the gun doesn't fire. He then steps back, either turns off the safety or slides a bullet into the chamber, and he again points, this time low (still looks like he could have easily struck a leg) and fires. People are stunned and look around, and soon you can hear screaming about a gun going off. And in the background, there are the police, doing fucking nothing. I'm assuming cops are trained to recognize the sound of fucking gunfire??? But nothing. They act like they didn't even hear anything, but there's no way they're that close and don't hear a gun go off.

Remember what happened when there was supposedly gunfire at the anniversary rally for Mike Brown two years ago in Ferguson? Police hunted down and shot the suspect, a black man (barely, he was 18), and nearly killed him. His name was quickly released by the press and his name dragged through the mud in typical white press style. In the case of this white supremacist, he was peacefully arrested days later and only charged with discharging a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. Would he have been arrested at all if he hadn't been close to a school? Probs not.

The video clearly shows the attempted murder of a black man by a white supremacist RIGHT IN FRONT OF CHILDREN, and the police have the nerve to claim they didn't hear the shot. The charge is a felony and carries a sentence of up to 10 years, but I doubt he'll see much if any jail time.

And, as one man asked loudly during one of the horrific videos of the car barreling into counter-protesters and killing one, where the fuck were the police when that happened? Police were all over the fucking show at Ferguson. At BLM protests in Seattle, police constantly have us surrounded. They have every cop in the fucking city on us, which is why I don't bother to pay for parking during BLM protests and have never gotten a ticket.

What really shocks me in terms of police tolerating the actions of white supremacists are the videos of lines of these racists actually physically pushing against lines of police as hard as they can, digging in and just pushing. And the police just hold their line! No tear gas, no flash bangs, no pepper spray.


I've been in BLM protests, right up front, where when the line of protesters got too close to the line of police, that being within a couple feet of them, they respond violently. I have personally witnessed police randomly shoving their fucking bicycles at us, yelling "get back," hitting people, for no reason other than maybe I guess we inched a little too close to them. No touching from us. Violent shoving from them.

White supremacists trying to rescue Richard Spencer from police. Black people could never get away with having their hands on cops like that.

Same thing at our counter protest to the most recent white supremacist rally in Seattle. We didn't touch the police. And we got tear gassed anyway.

That's always how it is. The cops are facing us, protecting white supremacists. They'll peacefully tolerate white supremacists shoving against their line with all their might, but we get too close for their comfort and it's violence time.

Do you need any more evidence that police support white supremacists and white supremacy? If the answer is "yes," you're probably just racist.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Gif of the Day


Me searching for white dudes who understand good satire.

Uhhhghggggggg

I had money-making stuff to do this morning so that's why I'm late posting, plus also some assholes being assholes all over my Twitter accounts, defending their asshole buddy Roger Dubar. They're more of the same kind of people, only one is a (supposedly/very white passing) Indian/Pakistani woman who claimed to have a PhD, so that's huge bummer. I hate it when people who should know better are Like That but what are you gonna do?

I wouldn't care so much, but I know that his Islamophobia is going to contribute to violence against Muslims, and I dread to even think about what will happen if a trans person has to lay their eyes upon the fucking awful fake magazine cover he did about trans people. Seriously, if you're trans, don't look.

I'm so unbelievably sick of having to deal with people who think that magical humor words can magic away harm. I don't even care what you say is the intent of the content. Only making fun of a certain kind of trans person? Still harmful. Making fun of the way liberals act about trans people? Still harmful. Making fun of the way right-wing assholes make fun of trans people? STILL HARMFUL. But there is no stated intent, and I'm pretty sure that's intentional so Roger can claim whatever intent he wants for whatever situation to avoid any accountability.

Guess what? Doesn't work. Still harms. And people are still gonna call you out. At least if they should have the misfortune of ever coming upon your pathetic website, which they probably won't unless you @ them with some bullshit like you did to me.

All this is just such old news. It's 2017. We've already has this discussion. Your bad humor is harmful, and you're free to still do it but you're not free from being called an asshole for it.

At least I got the chance to call a mediocre white dude mediocre. I bet no one has ever pointed that out to him before. It's part of the feminist job description to point out to white dudes that they're actually not at all remarkable or special, despite what they've been told all their lives. And whether they know it or not, that epiphany helps them, too, at least if they can on any level admit to themselves that it's true before they die in mediocrity.

Hopefully this will be the last of it. I don't need people personally coming to my Twitter pages to remind me that so many humans are massive disappointments living a life of denial and self-serving thinking.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Gif of the Day


Only one post today because that one was loooooong and also now I need a gif this cute.

Roger Dubar is a Mediocre Assbucket

Guess what IIIIIII diiiiiiid over the weekend and part of last week???

Yeah, I argued with some dude on Twitter. And said argument is a great addendum to my article, "How South Park Helped Empower the 'Alt-Right.'"

It started when I found this:


To be clear, the header image for my article is the classic South Park intro shot at the end of the song with all the characters, only Cartman isn't dressed as Hitler.

"Satiria," of course, posits itself to be "satire." Are you tired yet? Grab some coffee, because we've only just started.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Gif of the Day


I haven't been watching this but now is as good a time as any to remind you that dragons are feminist icons and if you're a feminist you're a dragon. Now go burn down the patriarchy.

We Were Always Suspicious of the New York Times

The recent attacks on the news media and journalism by the right including the president (for now) have been, frankly, fucking terrifying. But it's also goddamn bizarre and annoying to see them throw the entire idea of any journalism that isn't 100% and militantly right-wing be thrown into the category of 100% "fake news." And you know, they're not wrong to mistrust big corporate media companies like the New York Times or CNN. Before the whole "fake news" hysteria, I and people like me, those you might call "social justice warriors," had been critical of these capitalist money pits that had increasingly been only caring about the number of hits they could get off of their ridiculous headlines.

As a feminist, I'd also been mistrustful and highly critical of mainstream media for routinely supporting rape culture and engaging in victim blaming. Not to mention the way they would drag the name of every black person ever shot by police through the mud while publishing every good deed committed by horrible white criminals. And the mugshot thing? I've never considered these gutless, status-quo-loving, nothing-is-more-important-than-money fuckers to be at all trustworthy. Not because they're far left propagandists, because LOL. But because they're milquetoast centrists too scared to upset anybody in power to even stop shitting on the people without any.

And now I feel like I have to defend these corporations because these alt-right shitheads are threatening our entire freedom of the press by calling these money-fuckers "fake news." The news isn't fake. They don't have the guts to make up news to support any cause other than the one in their pockets. They just present the news in a way that supports the oppressors at the expense of the oppressed, which the alt-right actually loves. But the second the mainstream media starts to a little bit listen to our constant screaming complaints demanding that they present the facts fairly, in comes President Fake News.

Fuck you assholes. I hope you feel good when you're arrested for criticizing Lord Dampnut in your online sewers.

Direct Action

Don't want us to counter-protest white supremacists, neoliberals? Fine. We'll do something else.

Turd Reich: San Francisco dog owners lay minefield of poo for rightwing rally

When a group of far-right activists come to San Francisco to hold a rally this Saturday, they will be met by peace activists offering them flowers to wear in their hair. 
Also, dog shit. Lots and lots of dog shit.


Amazing.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gif of the Day


The summoning of the birb.

The Left's Antisemitism

A lot of articles have come out recently on antisemitism in liberal and further-left circles, and I'm going to need my fellow gentiles to pay attention. I know it seems weird. I grew up in a Protestant Christian family without any Jewish people in my life. Some of my classmates might have been Jewish but I would not have known. I learned of course about WWII and global antisemitism, but our teachers and history books made it seem like antisemitism was a relic of the past.

It's not. And it's not only alive in extremist groups of white supremacists and nazis. It exists all over the political spectrum, though, as usual, we on the left might be less willing to admit to it.

Please read these articles uplifting Jewish voices:

We Need To Talk About The Left's Antisemitism

The Left’s Blind Spot: Anti-Semitism

It's important to be aware that to blatant anti-semites like neo-nazis, Jewish people are not really viewed as "white" despite often having light-toned skin. At the same time, Jewish people of color exist - that is, black Jewish people, Latinx Jewish people, Native Jewish people, East Asian Jewish people, etc. It's a little bit complicated, and being an absolutely white gentile (non-Jewish person), I am not to be a part of any discussion of the whiteness of Jewish individuals, if there is such a thing.

What I will say is that us leftist gentiles need to get over our bafflement at the stubborn existence of antisemitism (I know I know it doesn't make sense just shhhh) and just listen to Jewish people. We need to be more aware of the Jewish individuals in our communities and how they're being affected. We need to be aware that someone who appears white might not have all the privilege in a white supremacist society that we think they do. In these fucked up times, take some energy and dedicate it to reading the words and listening to the voices of Jewish people, and do it soon.

Justice for Charnesia Corley

[TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE BY POLICE, RAPE CULTURE]

This is hard for me to write about because it's so triggering for me, but I'm aware that my white privilege will likely protect me from ever having to experience this kind of horror at the hands of police. Or at least if I did, the cops would be arrested, charged, and convicted with something, especially if there was fucking dashcam footage of it happening, as is the case for Ms. Corley.

Dashcam video shows police sexually assaulted Texas woman, lawyer says.

Many people have said that it in fact shows straight up rape, but I can't watch it.

Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign and failing to use turn signals. In the video, she is made to stand, handcuffed, outside her car while two officers look inside. She is then searched with the rear passenger-side door open, partially obscuring the camera’s view of her body. 
Corley is then put on the ground, naked below the waist, and examined for about 11 minutes by a female officer using a flashlight. The incident happened in the parking lot of a Texaco garage in Houston late on a June evening in 2015, when she was a 20-year-old student.

For running a fucking stop sign and failing to use turn signals. Both things I have done multiple times in my life. But a cop would never search my car for drugs for that, let alone my body.

The federal lawsuit against Harris County alleges: “When one of the Deputies tried to insert her fingers into Ms Corley’s vagina, Ms Corley protested. At that point, the Deputies forcibly threw Ms Corley to the ground, while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana.” 
Corley was arrested and charged with possession of 0.02 ounces of marijuana and resisting arrest; the charges were dropped by the Harris County district attorney’s office.

And:

Cammack made the video public after two Harris County deputies, Ronaldine Pierre and William Strong, were cleared of official oppression by a grand jury earlier this month. They are still with the sheriff’s department.

Not even fired. They raped her for no reason. And they're still cops.

Corley is suing, because she's apparently that brave and strong of a person. Make a statue of her. Tear down the local confederate monument, because your know there is one, and replace it with a statue of Charnesia Corley kicking a cop in the ass.

I hate that this happened to her. I hate that cops can do things like this to black women and get away with it because of the white supremacy in this country. This is what white supremacy results in, and this is why I have the distinct feeling of wanting white supremacists to die. I won't apologize for that feeling. I don't see why I should, when they won't even apologize to Ms. Corley or any of the other black women and girls who have been horrifically violated by my fellow white people.

I hate white supremacy and I'm glad I hate white supremacy.

This Tweet

This is everything.



First of all, there is a thing where if you treat people like they are a certain thing, they have a tendency to fulfill that prophecy. But this mostly applies to CHILDREN and it does not apply to a thing so specific as fucking nazism. You treat a little kid like they're a bad kid and they'll act out because kids tend to think of adults as infallible, so they think they must be bad and will actually work to prove it true, because they can't yet handle the idea that in reality, most adults are wrong about most of the things they think and say.

But I have been called a feminazi more times than I could possibly remember, and I am so far from being an actual nazi. I am in fact, very much anti-nazi. If adults become nazis, it's because they wanted to be fucking nazis, or at best, because other nazis seduced them into becoming nazis.

Either than or men are just that much worse than women at having their own independent thoughts.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Gif of the Day


Me trying to decide what I should say to a white supremacist.

Signs That an Antifa Social Media Account is Fake

Now that antifa has been in the mainstream news and people are actually becoming aware of their existence, their enemies, namely fascists, are taking the opportunity to spread as much false information about them as possible. This of course includes the making of fake social media accounts that conveniently do all the things that the alt-right has been claiming they do.

Here's the thing about antifa. Even me talking about antifa like it's a physical group of people is misleading. Antifa is primarily an idea. It's a movement, a set of tactics, and a general hatred of fascism in all its forms. There are social media accounts run by people who follow the ideals and tactics of antifa and post things in support of anti-fascism. There are local organizations that call themselves antifa where people may even get together to discuss strategies to fight fascism. These meetings might have people running them.

But antifa is not a political party, or a club, or anything that has a board of directors governing it. That's like claiming there is a sinister circle of women somewhere controlling all of feminism - though some people on the right do seem to also believe that is a thing. Antifa is anti-fascism, and if you're not a fan of fascism, you could easily be called antifa yourself. We Are All Antifa. It's just that when you're at an actual protest and the cops are refusing to let you get to where you need to be in order to effectively protest the thing that needs protesting, you may be less antifa in your tactics for solving this particular problem.

Knowing this, it becomes easier to spot fake antifa social accounts. But here are some signs of an almost certain fake:

  • Someone is claiming to be an antifa "leader" or that their organization is the "head" of antifa.
  • Claims to be giving "orders" coming from the "top."
  • Acts like all of antifa is a unified organization or has some centralized governance.
  • Talks about "reforming" antifa or going against some kind of leadership.
  • Announces public meetings to plan to do something illegal (lmao).

Other signs to look out for that should be obvious but whatever include:

  • Calling for the actual genocide of white people.
  • Posting images or video of antifa doing illegal shit with their faces clearly visible.
  • Publicly calling for clearly illegal and violent action.
  • Declaring support for ISIS (yes this has happened).
  • Asks followers to post stories of violent/illegal activities they've engaged in (feds).
  • Outright calls conservatives and liberals the enemy and encourages violence against these groups in general.
  • Claims to be "against whiteness" or something like that.
  • Conveniently confirms alt-right conspiracy theories or other ridiculous thoughts they have about the left, communism, socialism, anarchism, etc.

If you want to understand antifa, I recommend finding one or two real antifa social accounts to follow. I can safely say that Rose City Antifa on Facebook is legit and a good resource. Other local antifa pages might not be exactly the same. Again, antifa is just an idea, and the people running these accounts are just people who should be following the general agreed-upon antifa guidelines. If they clearly don't, they're not antifa. They're just fa.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Gif of the Day


I love it when dogs really want to lick but know they shouldn't lick but REALLY want to lick.

Stop Telling Us to Stay Home and Do Nothing

I don't know what, exactly, the fuck is going on, but I see so many liberals trying to convince people not to counter-protest white supremacist rallies and instead to just stay home or ignore them. From Tina Fey, thin white feminist incarnate, telling people to literally stay home and eat cake (and other white feminists defending her by saying it was "just a joke" but that part seemed serious enough to me that it's going to convince a lot of people to stay home) to high-profile and highly intellectual experts saying that counter-protesting is exactly what neo-nazis and other white supremacists want us to do because somehow it gives them good press.

Like I get that liberals have long been the masters of "let's do nothing effective and just hope everything turns out great" but they are stepping up their game in the face of overwhelming evidence that counter-protesting and getting physical work.

Nazis cancel 67 rallies following counter-protests, retreat to internet safe spaces

ACT For America, the anti-Muslim hate group that had planned the rallies, told Breitbart that the decision was due to “extremist and radical organizations in the United States and abroad [that] have overrun peaceful events in order to advance their own agendas… ACT for America is deeply saddened that in today’s divisive climate, citizens cannot peacefully express their opinion without risk of physical harm from terror groups domestic and international.” 
That’s another way of saying they were scared shitless when 40,000 people showed up to tell approximately 100 Nazi punks to fuck off. As Gizmodo noted, the RSVP lists for some of these events weren’t exactly blowing up — only two to three people had confirmed their attendance in areas like Baton Rouge and Washington, D.C. — and the success of any hate rally is predicated upon more than a few wienies cosplaying in their Civil War pajamas.

The only reason that white supremacists came out to march in the first place is because we'd made them feel safe enough to do so after decades of hiding under sheets and behind screens. Because liberals have been insisting for so many years that we need to tolerate everybody, even those who are the opposite of tolerant.

Tolerating nazis is how Germany was taken over by nazis in the first place. That's what they want again. You can even go look yourselves in their horrible forums where they're talking about how they need to tone down the overt nazism and put on a more friendly nationalist face to trick people into tolerating them again.

A member of an organization I've recently worked with just sent out a plea for people to read an article published on Yahoo (and yes that is meant to be a dis) by an assistant professor from the University of Washington that tells people that counter-protesting is what got the nazis into power in Germany in the 1930s. I'm no assistant professor, but that sounds pretty reductionist to me (at best) and also, the differences between that situation and ours are significant.

Yes, I can see how white supremacists and the right in general are trying to spin what happened in Charlottesville and the public reaction to it in their favor, but they do that with fucking everything. They're not reasonable people with morals and standards. No matter what we do, it's bad, and no matter what they do, it's good. What you can look to for guidance on your tactics is how the general public is responding in real time and how much nazis are running for their lives and crying. Literally.

I think we're on the right track. White supremacists are doing everything they can to try and convince people that their rallies are about free speech and that attacking them in any way, physical, peaceful, verbal, whatever, is attacking free speech. Which means we need to keep counter-protesting, shouting them down, and chasing them out of town. One associate professor does not overrule the people who have been on the ground, fighting and working and writing and studying anti-fascist tactics for years and seeing that the only thing that works is refusing to tolerate fascism anywhere it shows up.

I'm not surprised to see that the author of that article is white and wayyyyy too interested in Nazi Germany, to be honest. I don't trust anyone who works so hard to tell people to stop fighting fascists and white supremacists.

These Smiling Cis Men Made Rape Insurance a Thing

Honestly, how fucking dare these men fucking smile for the fucking camera after signing a bill into law that makes it so women have to buy special extra health insurance in case they need an abortion, even if they got pregnant through rape or incest.


What the fuck are you smiling about? You just signed one of the grossest bills to ever fucking exist, you just made it so that many future rape victims will not be able to pay for a safe abortion, you just told the world that you don't think victims of rape and sexual abuse are worth an ounce of fucking compassion, you just made something that should make any human being go "what the fuck happened to your soul" a reality.

Random aside, it feels like it's been a long ass time since I've covered any news on a topic like this, like something specifically feminist and not about Donald Trump or white supremacists. Anyway FUCK YOU GREG.

But seriously. It's bad enough that this could effectively erase abortion coverage in the state of Texas because even among those who could afford to buy extra insurance to cover abortion, who would? Experts are predicting that after a while, insurance companies won't even offer it anymore. But eliminating the standard exceptions for rape and incest just make this so much more heinous. I mean I guess it's nice they're not pretending anymore. We all know they never gave a fuck about women (and they think only women need abortion access), much less about rape and sexual abuse victims. So thanks I guess for making it plain for all to see.

Getting voted the fuck out should wipe those ugly grins of your shit faces.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Gif of the Day


Nice,

This Will Make Everything Better

It has been a long time since something made me literally cry laugh rather than using those cry-laugh emojis in a disingenuous manner.



OKAY OKAY OKAY BUT THIS VIDEO DESCRIPTION SOMEONE WROTE ON TUMBLR:

Jack: [in the voice of a disillusioned 60-year old man] “Mow. Maow.” 
Human holding camera: “This is Jack.“ 
Jack: “Whoa. Maow.” 
Human: “His voice is a little deeper than most cats.” 
Jack: “Eugh.” 
Human: “Hey buddy.” 
Human: [whistles and tuts] “Say hi? Say hi?” 
Jack: “Meow.” 
Human: “Good boy!”

I want to die watching this video.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gif of the Day


God I love cats.

Headline of the Month

I don't give a fuck about stocks and in fact kind of think the the stock market should be illegal or just made obsolete through the abolishing of capitalism but this made me laugh so hard:

Stocks rally, traders cheer on news of Bannon’s departure

Steven Bannon sucks so hard that his getting fired from the White House improved the fucking economy.


Geek Losers Create, Postpone Event to Defend Fired Google Nerd

Alt-right nerds are trying to make a rallying point out of that dork who got fired for basically announcing to all of Google that he's a misogynist who believes in junk science and for trying to get other nerd dudes to believe in it, too. They were planning on having rallies at a bunch of different Google campuses, including the one in Kirkland, which is way to close to where I live for me to not show up no matter how fucking exhausted I am by these fucking antics.

So I was really relieved when they cancelled/postponed this nonsense. They claimed that it was because of "alt-left terrorist threats" (lmao) but I'm pretty sure that's a lie to cover up the fact that they're just scared of getting their shit pushed in due to the momentum on the left created by the anger over the Charlottesville white supremacist fest.

Similar to many tantrums thrown by the "GamerGate" crowd any time a misogynist got fired for being a misogynist (no coincidence here, GamerGate was a test run for the alt-right), the "March on Google" claimed to be an event in defense of "free speech," ignoring the fact that freedom of speech only applies to the government, and not corporations. It can't protect you if you say some bigoted shit and get fired. It also hasn't protected women who have spoken out against misogyny in the workplace or in the industry at large and gotten fired - corporate actions that GamerGaters and alt-righters have defended without fail.

The poor persecuted techbros posted about the cancellation of the march on Wednesday, saying shit like "CNN and other mainstream media made malicious and false statements that our peaceful march was being organized by Nazi sympathizers" and "In one instance, an Alt Left threat was made to use an automobile to drive into our peaceful march."

Okay, that second one definitely never happened. And as for the first thing, if you're not alt-right nazi sympathizers, which I highly doubt CNN ever said you were, why do you keep using a term created by neo-nazis and why does your original post say this shit: "Post to the hashtag #MarchOnGoogle with your best memes."


Are you even trying to hide it? Because you're doing a terrible job.

50/50 chance on whether this march will ever actually happen. Misogynist techbros are cowards, much like the entire alt-right, but their fragile egos and terror at seeing their fellow misogynists face real consequences for misogyny might fuel them to make this actually happen.

And we'll be there if it does. Don't worry, no one will hit you with their cars, but there has been talk of super soakers. Loaded with urine.

The Best Things to Come Out of This Week

The events in Charlottesville were terrible and horrifying. But at least a lot of good things came out of it. Amazing points, greater awareness of the idea that tolerating white supremacists is actually a bad idea, and some hilarious shit. Here are some of my favorites:

Confederate monuments are participation trophies given to losers:


The spread of the Paradox of Tolerance:


The creator of the term "Godwin's Law" about everyone comparing everything and everybody to nazis saying this:


Ju-Hyan Park's Twitter thread ending in "Love and fury can coexist," which is fucking beautiful.



The organizer of the Charlottesville white supremacist march being chased out of town.

A bunch of participants of this march being outed and fired.

Nazi site The Daily Stormer losing its hosting support and being forced to get domain support from Russia, and even then being rejected.

Richard Spencer getting pepper sprayed by cops:



This:


Everybody mocking James Woods' ridiculous tweet.

This guy crying about being maced by communists:


This tweet:


And this one:


Heather Heyer’s eulogy by her mother.

All the other sites banning nazis.

All the confederate monuments now being removed in direct reaction to the Charlottesville rally.

People lining up to turn themselves in for helping to take down confederate monuments in support of the individuals arrested for this public service.

Antifa finally getting some goddamn credit for their good work.

So many people coming together to tell nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-nazis to fuck off.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gif of the Day


Now that's good TV.

*Screaming Eternal Into the Void*

Last night I learned about a "protest" that happened yesterday in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. About 10 dorks in MAGA hats were "protesting" the existence of a statue of Lenin that has stood in Fremont for a few decades now. I put protesting in scare quotes because this is clearly just some reactionary bullshit around the mass protests against Confederate monuments across the country (even Seattle has one). Like either that or they just wanted some attention and they're not about to protest monuments to Confederate losers so lol.

The Seattle PI reported on this, or more accurately, reported off of the Twitter video of a local white nationalist and conspiracy theorist. The video is 24 and a half minutes of complete hell for anyone who knows anything about history, like, at all. I am not a history buff but this was so painful. In the first eight seconds you get to see a sign that says "Lenin is Hitler." Which, like. First of all. Okay. MY BRAIN IS SCREAMING.

It would be bad enough if it said "Lenin = Hitler" because then you're just saying they're essentially the same but "Lenin is Hitler" suggests that both of them are still alive and that Hitler is actually just Lenin in disguise.

Then the dude starts going on about how we shouldn't have a monument to the death of 100 million people, and then they start chanting "hey hey, ho ho, Marxism has got to go."

I just.




In that order.

Yes Lenin was a Marxist and yes Lenin and Stalin were on the same side pretty much before Lenin died but neither Lenin nor Marx had anything to do with the murder of 100 million people in and around Russia under Stalin, the horrible paranoid dictator. Also, saying Marxism has to go is like saying Babism has to go, in that there may be some followers of Babism around, they're not enough to be a threat to you even if it weren't utterly harmless to begin with. Unlike nazism, which has racism and eugenics at its very core.

I couldn't watch much of the video because THE PAIN but this is what local MAGA hat wearers are worried about. Anyway, let's work on getting that fucking confederate monument taken down, shall we?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Gif of the Day


Eternal lick.

The Term "Alt-Left" Was Created By Neo-Nazis

Oooookay, so I guess now it's up to me and my very important and often-read blog (lol just kidding) to clear up all the misinformation being spread around about the term "alt-left."

No, The Telegraph, it was not coined by Donald Trump. I know this because asshats from the actually existing "alt-right" have been throwing it around for several months already, and you should really know that, even if you are a U.K. publication.

No, Vanity Fair, it's not everybody to the left of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, nor everybody critical of them, nor is it these mythical "Trumpian leftists," because that is an oxymoron. Nor is it "a problem, too."

No, Time, it is not a thing inspired by Bernie Sanders. And no, Gil, it did not viciously attack you.

No, New Republic, it was not something partially created by liberals, though you're right, they are happily helping to spread the term now, thanks a lot, liberals, you're being helpful as always. To the right.

It was also not just made up by "the right." It is yet another term coined in neo-nazi forums to be pushed as a direct turn-around of "alt-right" due to the fact that "alt-right" has been used derisively by leftists since the term emerged. It is yet another case of the worst of the white supremacists taking leftist language used to attack or just describe them and twisting it around to attack us. They do this because I guess they aren't clever enough to come up with their own shit, but also because it's a deliberate gaslighting technique meant to confuse us, piss us off, and throw us off our game. They do it all. the. time.

It wasn't made up by the standard, non-alternative right to create a false equivalence between leftists and the alt-right that keeps giving Republicans such bad press, but people like Sean Hannity and other right-wing fuckoffs do use it that way constantly. Do they realize they're parroting language invented by nazis? I'm sure they would deny it if they did.

It's also being used by David Duke to attack Black Lives Matter and antifa, the main subjects of his nightmares right now. But to be clear, neither of these groups have burned entire cities down, murdered cops, or attacked "thousands." I mean, maybe over time antifa has "attacked" thousands since their history goes back many decades, but you have to use the term "attack" to describe self-defense and driving fascists out of their communities. I guess in the way that Buffy the Vampire Slayer "attacked" hundreds of vampires. Yes I am saying fascists have no souls. No I am not saying I think Buffy the Vampire Slayer was real.

At best, the "alt-left" was coined by the "alt-right" as a derogatory term, which is weird because it suggests that "alt-right" is an insult? Yet it's been oddly effective, same as a lot of their tactics. Hypocrisy and self-burns don't phase them. I'm pretty sure I can dig up screenshots of the use of "alt-left" being planned in nazi forums but my brain is fried from a morning migraine right now, so I'll add those later if I can find them. And if not, remember, the "alt-right" might as well be nazis, and are absolutely used as a stepping stone to full nazism.

Confederate Heritage


  • Slavery
  • Treachery against one's country
  • Losing

In other words:


Great heritage you got there. What part of that heritage are you a fan of, exactly?

Robert E. Lee wasn't a war hero. He was a traitor and a loser. He was a great strategist, but war hero that does not make.

Also, did you know that Robert E. Lee would have told you to take those confederate monuments and flags and shove them?


Lee did not want such divisive symbols following him to the grave. At his funeral in 1870, flags were notably absent from the procession. Former Confederate soldiers marching did not don their old military uniforms, and neither did the body they buried. “His Confederate uniform would have been ‘treason’ perhaps!” Lee’s daughter wrote. 
So sensitive was Lee during his final years with extinguishing the fiery passions of the Civil War that he opposed erecting monuments on the battlefields where the Southern soldiers under his command had fought against the Union. “I think it wiser moreover not to keep open the sores of war, but to follow the examples of those nations who endeavoured to obliterate the marks of civil strife and to commit to oblivion the feelings it engendered,” he wrote.

Give up your fucking monuments if you love Robert so much. Stop being so divisive by clinging to the past. Or can you just not give up your hatred of black people?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gif of the Day


Another combo gif.

This Blog Supports Antifa

The fact that anti-fascism gets significantly worse press than actual fascists in this country is so very, very U.S. Like #ThisIsSoUs.

But let's change it. If you've heard about antifa (and if you have it's probably been negative) but are unsure about them, it's real easy to google some information. Antifa is not a single organization and, by it's nature, never would be. They tend to be loosely associated and follow a general set of guidelines and strategies for fighting fascism. The only thing that truly unites antifa is being anti-fascist. That is what their name is short for, after all.

Antifa uses tactics on the ground that can be generally defined as violent, but they have to use violence because it's the only thing fascists respond to. They understand that fascists such as nazis have no problem using violence and will do so with gusto the instant they can get away with it. That is why allowing fascists the space to gain power is so dangerous. I've already explained a hundred times over how their violent rhetoric leads to violence, and Charlottesville has a body now to prove it. Rest in peace, Haley.

But if you're not a fascist, antifa is on your side in any situation that could become dangerous. I'm not a part of any antifa group, but at physical protests, I look for them. I keep them within eye range because I know they will be the ones to protect me and the entire rest of the crowd from both police and fascist violence. They are the ones who jumped to the aid of the white Seattle liberals who were suddenly and randomly attacked by the "Proud Boys" after the counter-protest to the anti-Muslim rally last June. They are also the heroes who saved Dr. Cornel West and a church full of black leaders on Saturday.

Dr. West himself credits "anarchists and anti-fascists" for saving himself and a group of 20 clergy from being "crushed" by the impending fascist mob that the police were letting march down upon them. It's time we throw our support behind these brave individuals fighting to protect us. They are not terrorists. They are community defense leagues and we need them now more than ever.

Thank you, antifa. Thank you, local anarchists. I support you.

Nazis Find Out World Still Hates Them

I had an unexpected amount of anger leftover after the white supremacist rally on Sunday. I think it's related to the feeling of helplessness over seeing the entire Seattle Police Department go to such painstaking lengths to protect a group of violent nationalists-at-best from even having to see an opposing protest. It's an issue trigger for me. But also generally super fucked up.

And yet, as the days go by, more and more reports of this country rejecting nazism are coming out, and it's pretty amazing.

Go Daddy kicked the Daily Stormer, neo-nazi website, off their domain service, and Google followed suit just hours after those nazis shits tried to switch over.

After Charlottesville, more cities are moving to take down Confederate monuments

Multiple men photographed participating in the Chalottesville nazi rally have been identified and fired.

The organizer of said rally was straight up run out of town (the video of his terrified face is beautiful, highly recommended).

People in the South are tearing down confederate monuments themselves.

This:


The backlash against white supremacists has been so intense that even Lord Dampnut was finally forced to denounce them, and they're talking about going back under their hoods:

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That up there is actually really important, pay attention. They're saying that they need to tone down the overt nazism to appeal to the "average white person" - their strategy for decades until now, when they may have blown their load early. They're talking about going back to dog whistles that leftists recognize but "normies" (their word for average individuals, centrists, apolitical people just trying to live their lives) don't. We have to keep being vigilant, and we should ride this momentum to help average people recognize nazi dog whistles for what they are. That post is titled "fixing the alt right," then talks about clear white supremacist goals. Yet more evidence that the "alt right" is a more family friendly face for nazis.

I may not have much hope for the future of humanity, but if we can stomp nazis back down into their filthy holes before climate change throws everything into chaos, we'll be better off. At the very least, we'll have something to feel good about.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Gif of the Day


I loooooooved these games.

August 13 Seattle White Supremacist Rally

Okay. White supremacist rally #2. This one was a little more interesting. And I made sure to stay until they end.

We met at Denny Park, and, likely due to the events in Charlottesville the day before, many more people than I expected showed up for the counter-protest. There were probably over a thousand of us, with many organizations representing. There was a massive canvas constitution carried by many individuals that had a ton of signatures. Kinda cool, not my thing.

Anyway, we marched down toward Westlake, but before we could get within a few blocks of them or anywhere that was even in view of Westlake Park where the white supremacists had their stage, the police started blocking our route. We tried going around, but it soon became clear that the SPD was not going to let us get to Westlake. This was later confirmed by a local politician who contacted the Chief of Police and was told that it was planned ahead of time to "keep the two groups apart."

SPD and their big sticks blocking the way.

So to sum up, Seattle not only allowed white supremacists a platform to spew their hateful rhetoric, city officials made sure that they would be able to do so unchallenged. There would be no demonstration of many hundreds of anti-racist activists showing the more "neutral" residents what is the dominant view of our city. I don't know how long these racists were allowed to speak to passing residents without anybody there to counter their poison.

The outrage over this resulting in a small altercation with police. First it was just lining up and chanting "who do you serve, who do you protect?" But police don't care, they can't be shamed into doing the right thing. So local antifa tried to get the crowd to push through the police line (after dousing the cops with a big helping of silly string and glitter), but Seattle liberals don't have the stomach for this, and there aren't enough antifa to accomplish this on their own. I tried to help, but it took very little for the SPD to release flash bangs, pepper spray, and tear gas - and the bulk of the crowd ran. I got a taste of the tear gas and retreated, having a sensitive throat and a bit of a fear of choking. I came back, as did most people, but it was clear that going through the police was not going to work. A large group of hippies started singing and sitting in the street, but that wasn't going to be effective either, obviously.

It did make for a touching photo op, though.

I think that's a Buddhist monk there. Pretty cool.
That was when a friend of mine heard that a decent amount of protesters had separately made their way to Westlake to heckle the white supremacists. Even with all the extra cops brought in, they couldn't cover every path all the time. So my friend and I broke off and made it to Westlake Park, where the hate rally was still going on. There was a small crowd of common racists, militia men, "Proud Boys," and other white assholes in front of the stage, blocked off by small metal barricades from the counter-protesters.

At this point, I'm going to put the rest of the post behind the jump because there are so many photos. But it gets better.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Guide to the Different Levels of White Supremacist

I feel like this needs to be explicitly written out, and probably someone already has, but I mean that I need to do it for myself to help nail some shit down in my head so bear with me.

I'm going to say up front that this is not a "stop calling everyone nazis" post. The reason why will become clear soon.

Average White Person

This is the kind of person who would be horrified to be called a white supremacist and deny it profusely. Yet they benefit from cultural white supremacy and do nothing to change that. They may think that they do something to change it, but their actions are ineffectual at best, and more often actually reinforce the system of white supremacy. They may believe in "color blind" ideology, hold that many racial stereotypes are true even if you shouldn't say it, and have done little if anything to combat subconscious racial biases. This group includes many liberals. There are a lot of them.

Right-Wing Conservative

In the U.S., these are the people who always vote Republican. They hold conscious negative feelings about people of color and may or may not admit to that, or do so only in certain company. With their votes and dollars, they actively promote systems of white supremacy, even if they do so for alternate reasons (or think they're doing so for alternate reasons) such as for greater wealth, better security for (typically upper class) white people, or some ideology about the "free market." This can include poor whites hoping to someday become rich. If pressed a bit, their racism tends to come out real fast. They often hold nationalistic beliefs even if they do not name them as such or realize that's what they are. They may mislabel their nationalism as patriotism.

Nationalist

A nationalist is outwardly racist but will excuse this racism behind all kinds of twisty "logic" about white culture, national security, pride, and sometimes outdated pseudo-science around biology (*cough* eugenics). They often don't identify as a "white nationalist," and technically you don't have to be white to be a nationalist. But we're talking about white people here and if you're white and a nationalist you're a white nationalist. It's never actually about the nation. The U.S. is a very diverse nation but it's always about race.

Nationalists can often make their views sound semi-reasonable if you just let them talk, but there's no way to force the many millions of people of color out of the country without violence, and plus the people who were here first were NOT WHITE so any argument they make falls apart on those grounds, and then they're just white supremacists who are concerned about their image. They may become violent if confronted or go out looking for fights.

Self-Identifying White Supremacist

These are the less pleasant nationalists who are outwardly, blatantly racist and don't care enough about their image to try and dress it up. They think white people are superior and they don't often feel the need to justify that, or will only use a poor knowledge of history and pseudo-science (claiming that white people invented everything good and are somehow biologically better).

They are often verbally and physically violent to both people of color and any white people who defend them. They may only hide this from the public in order to stay employed, but use anonymous online personas to harass, threaten, and doxx people. They're often also very misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, etc. The worst of them are the ones who make up white supremacist communes, trying to live outside of a society that isn't as racist as they want it to be.

Pretend Nazi

This is a weird but important category that may have only emerged very recently. These are the members of the so-called "Republic of Kekistan." They are often young white men (though they can be anybody) who claim to think it's ridiculous that "people" or "liberals" or whoever is "calling everyone a nazi." So they act just like nazis because they think it's funny. Don't think too hard on that one, it'll just give you a headache.

These "Kekistan" people specifically come from horrific underground forums like 4chan and the somehow even worse 8chan. The term "kek" originated from World of Warcraft. I don't have to explain this part but I will. In the game, there are two factions. You must choose one faction, and if you come across another player in the game who is in the opposite faction, they appear to speak in another language. In fact, it's just a simple letter replacement algorithm. Eventually, someone figured out that when a player in the opposite faction appears to say "kek," they're actually saying "lol." For some reason, it then became common for people on these forums to say "kek" instead of "lol."

Then one of these individuals notices that Kek is an ancient Egyptian god of darkness. Being the massive edgelords they are, they decided that they should jokingly or ironically or something "worship" Kek, and then came the notion of the "Republic of Kekistan," because of course. Also, being trolls who think that upsetting people is the funniest thing ever, they took the Nazi flag, turned it green after that fucking frog thing, and replaced the swastika with an emblem made out of the letter K.

All of this is based around an insular, tribal, and very bizarre kind of "humor" that I don't understand, besides the basic idea that causing people pain is funny. They also cling to the small amount of power they can find in numbers, organizing attacks on selected targets via constant harassment, threats, hacking their pages, etc. Basically anybody upset enough by their antics to actually push back gets viciously attacked by them, because their being upset or feeling threatened is definitely not funny.

As you can see, this is the most difficult group to get a handle on. I wasn't even sure where to place them on the list. The line between them and actual nazis is so blurred, and anything and everything they do they're willing to dismiss as a "joke," no matter how horrible. Or, in reference to their attacks, they might say that they were defending themselves, which brings into question how serious they are about this bizarre little tribe they've developed. How invested in a supposed joke do you have to be to so viciously defend you pretend society?

Yet when pressured, they will deny up and down that they are real, true, actual nazis.

Self-Identifying Nazis

These are the rarest of white supremacists, but they are becoming more common.

It's noteworthy that back in the days before the rise of Germany's National Socialist Party, the word "nazi" was a common insult that meant something like "backwards peasant" - basically the old-timey German version of a redneck. When the National Socialist party emerged in Bavaria, a place where the insult was common, opponents started calling them nazis in short for "Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei," the German name for the party, but mainly as a derogatory term. Hitler himself hated being called a nazi.

I bring this up to counter the absurd idea that the only people who are nazis are the ones who call themselves nazis (if Hitler wasn't a nazi then um......) but also to point out just how extreme you have to be to self-identify as a nazi. If backed into a corner, these individuals may claim to only call themselves such to upset or anger people, trying to revert to the Pretend Nazi category, but their actions say different. These are the members of the Daily Stormer and neo-nazi gang members dedicated to violence against anyone who is not a nazi and actively promoting and recruiting. Remember, if it walks like a nazi and quacks like a nazi...

The Point

The point is that on August 12, 2017, the biggest white supremacist rally in 10 years happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. One person is dead and many more injured after someone rammed their car into a crowd of anti-racist counter protesters. This after the previous night where these racist pieces of shit marched upon a church in which black religious community leaders were having a meeting, including Dr. Cornel West. Antifa was able to slow the torch-carrying mob enough for the church to evacuate safely, but the white supremacists attacked the counter-protest crowd with weapons, including pepper spray and lighter fluid (holy fuck).

These white supremacists, the ones marching on the church and attacking the University of Virginia, were nazis, pretend nazis, self-identifying white supremacists, and nationalists. Conservatives have been silent, with Trump only offering a vague tweet about "both sides."

The average white person may be looking at this with horror, unaware that nazis and KKK members have been active in Charlottesville for, well, since they ever existed. Note that this is the biggest white supremacist rally in 10 years. 10 years isn't that many years! That was about the time when one Senator Barack Obama announced his campaign for presidency.

Average white people may condemn the blatant white supremacists, they may condemn the violence, but don't do anything real to stop it and will go about their lives benefiting from white supremacy.

There are differences between these groups, but they become more blurred as you get closer and closer to straight-up, eugenics-supporting, holocaust-praising nazi. And they are all complicit, and they are all working toward the same goal, whether they realize it or not. There comes a point where the distinctions don't matter anymore. When racists are marching upon black churches with torches, shouting nazi slogans and "Heil Trump," when people are being attacked and murdered for standing up to them. What difference is it if you're a nationalist, or just doing it for the lols, or are just trying to "protect" your race, or are excusing these actions because it's just a few bad apples (it's not)?

I'm not about to let myself off either. No matter how much anti-racist action I participate in, I still benefit from white supremacy every moment of every day of my life. I'm just glad I have the sense to be sickened by it.

In conclusion, if someone is acting like a nazi in any way, call them a fucking nazi. It that offends them or makes them laugh, do it again. Because they are all participating in actions that help actual, self-identifying nazis in their goals, and that needs to be called out for what it is. Don't like being called a nazi, or think it's ridiculous that you're being called one? Don't act like a fucking nazi. Like always, it is an insult, and should be the worst insult. So if someone calls you that, you know you've royally fucked up. And if you think it's somehow okay to do a thing that got you called a nazi, you might as well be a nazi.

Tomorrow I'm going to a counter-protest against yet another white supremacist rally in Seattle. I'll be careful, but wish me luck.