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Showing posts with label Nazis. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Atomwaffen: Neo-Nazi Group Linked To 3 Accused Killers







First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— 
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
If the nation doesn't stop growing white nationalist and white supremacy you might find yourself in the midst of a sinking ship.
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NPR recently published a piece about killings across the country which have resulted in the arrest of neo-Nazi white supremacists. No matter your political lean, the nascent manifestation of overt white supremacy directly coincides with the proliferation of Donald Trump. We are not positing Trump is a white supremacist despite a history which indicates inclination of personal racism which spans well beyond common American bigotry.  

After the following video of a recent white supremacist rally (tiny crowd) in Michigan, we offer a Propublica piece with evidence of growing hate based killings perpetrated by American white supremacists. The aforementioned NPR piece immediately follows the video.

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NPR (lede paragraphs)
At first glance, five killings in three states since last May appeared to be unrelated, isolated cases. 
But a common thread is emerging. Three young men have been charged, and all appear to have links to the same white supremacist group: the Atomwaffen Division. 
Read more here before entering a ProPublica piece about Atomwaffen.

Pro Publica

Atomwaffen, Extremist Group Whose Members Have Been Charged in Five Murders, Loses Some of Its Platforms


At least four technology companies have taken steps to bar Atomwaffen Division, a violent neo-Nazi organization, from using their online services and platforms to spread its message or fund its operations.

The action comes after ProPublica reports detailing the organization’s terrorist ambitions and revealing that the California man charged with murdering Blaze Bernstein, a 19-year-old college student found buried in an Orange County park earlier this year, was an Atomwaffen member.

Activists and journalists with other media outlets have criticized the tech firms — among them chat services, web merchants, social media channels and gaming platforms — for enabling the outfit, which has members in 23 states and Canada, records show.

Here’s a breakdown of what’s happened since ProPublica reported on Feb. 23 that chat logs used by Atomwaffen showed members celebrating Bernstein’s murder. Bernstein was gay and Jewish, and Atomwaffen members took to calling his accused killer, Samuel Woodward, a “one man gay Jew wrecking crew.”

Discord
Discord was designed to allow video gamers to communicate with one another while immersed in multiplayer online games, but over the past year it has been co-opted by white supremacists who have used it to share bomb-making manuals, plot the violent confrontations in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, in the case of Atomwaffen, revel in the killing of Bernstein.

Scattered across the country, Atomwaffen members relied on Discord to disseminate confidential information and make organizational plans.

After ProPublica obtained more than 250,000 Discord messages posted by Atomwaffen members and reprinted excerpts of those messages as part of our Feb. 23 article, Discord quickly shut down the group’s server.

Discord’s terms of service “specifically prohibit harassment, threatening messages, or calls to violence,” the company said in an emailed statement to ProPublica. “There were a handful of servers that violated these ToS recently and were swiftly removed from the platform. We will continue to be aggressive to ensure that Discord exists for the community we set out to support — gamers."

YouTube and Steam
Atomwaffen had long posted its propaganda videos, which are full of violent imagery and racist messaging, on YouTube, where the group had its own channel. Then Motherboard, the Daily Beast, and the Anti-Defamation League took on the video-sharing giant.

As the Daily Beast noted, Atomwaffen seemed to be in clear violation of YouTube’s policy on hate speech, which bans videos made with “the primary purpose of inciting hatred against individuals or groups based on certain attributes, such as: race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation/gender identity.”

At first, YouTube balked at pulling down the videos, which call for “race war now” and the mass murder of Jews. But on Feb. 28, the company reversed its position and terminated the Atomwaffen channel.

Still, a second channel maintained by the group, SIEGEtv, which promotes Nazi ideology, is online and active.

Motherboard, an arm of Vice Media, also discovered that there was an Atomwaffen group on the community discussion board of Steam, a gaming platform.

“The group only has 17 members, but their accounts are a disturbing grab bag of Nazi imagery and Atomwaffen-style propaganda,” Motherboard reported. “The group’s description section clearly states its racist worldview. One member has used the screen name ‘PURE ARYAN 100%,’ and uses a photo of South Carolina mass murderer Dylann Roof as his avatar.”

Valve, the parent company of Steam, has deleted the group.

Inktale
Until recently, Atomwaffen used Inktale, an online t-shirt retailer, to fund its operations through the sale of Nazi-themed t-shirts. Shirt designs celebrated figures like Charles Manson and Atomwaffen’s ideological inspiration, longtime Nazi James Mason. (The t-shirt with Mason’s image read “Give hate a chance.”)

On Feb. 24, Twitter users began confronting the company.
The next day Inktale quit selling the shirts.

The company told ProPublica that “Inktale reserves the right to review, and if necessary remove, any content from the site.“

“In this case, the user in question violated part 3 of the Acceptable Content Policy (https://inktale.com/content-policy), thus their profile and products were deleted.”

The on-demand t-shirt printer said it has systems in place to keep organizations like Atomwaffen from using its services, “but we also appreciate anyone reporting inappropriate content to our team from the outside, and we take such claims very seriously.”

Cloudflare
The San Francisco-based company provides anti-hack protection to two Atomwaffen websites: AtomwaffenDivision.org and SiegeCulture.com. As part of that protection, Cloudflare obscures the name of the hosting company providing Atomwaffen with space on the internet.

Cloudflare, which sells services to some 7 million websites, said it has no control over the content on those sites and doesn’t plan to stop doing business with Atomwaffen. From the company’s perspective, it’s up to the web hosts, domain registrars and ISPs to decide if they want to yank Atomwaffen’s sites, said Cloudflare general counsel Doug Kramer.

“We don’t want to be put in the position of being judge and jury on our own,” said Kramer, noting the struggles of much larger outfits like YouTube and Facebook to identify unacceptable content. “We’ve seen that we get some legitimate complaints and we get some that aren’t on the up-and-up — that are people going after other people with whom they disagree.”
However, on at least one occasion, Cloudflare has cut ties with a Nazi site: In August 2017, days after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the company ousted The Daily Stormer, an avowedly racist and anti-Semitic news site.

“Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily Stormer,” wrote CEO Matthew Prince on the company’s blog at the time. “Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.”

Kramer stressed that members of the public concerned about Atomwaffen’s websites can use Cloudflare’s abuse form to anonymously report the sites, and that Cloudflare will notify the owners or web hosts.

That system was reformed last May in the wake of a ProPublica report revealing that people were being harassed and threatened after complaining to Cloudflare about hate sites, including The Daily Stormer. At the time, the company was sharing the personal information of the complainants with the racist sites.

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Will the United States follow other historic examples of over the top nationalism laced with genocidal racism in some cases?
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

ProPublica: Neo-White Supremacists






A New Generation of White Supremacists Emerges in Charlottesville

by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Karim Hajj, special to ProPublica,  Aug. 13, 2017, 7:59 p.m.


The white supremacist forces arrayed in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend — the largest gathering of its sort in at least a generation — represented a new incarnation of the white supremacy movement. Old-guard groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and the Nazi skinheads, which had long stood at the center of racist politics in America, were largely absent.

Instead, the ranks of the young men who drove to Charlottesville with clubs, shields, pepper spray and guns included many college-educated people who have left the political mainstream in favor of extremist ideologies over the past few years. A large number have adopted a very clean cut, frat-boyish look designed to appeal to the average white guy in a way that KKK robes or skinhead regalia never could. Interviews show that at least some of these leaders have spent time in the U.S. armed forces.

Many belong to new organizations like Vanguard America, Identity Evropa, the Traditionalist Workers Party and True Cascadia, which have seen their numbers expand dramatically in the past year. Most of these groups view themselves as part of a broader "alt-right" movement that represents the extreme edge of right-wing politics in the U.S.

These organizations exhibited unprecedented organization and tactical savvy. Hundreds of racist activists converged on a park on Friday night, striding through the darkness in groups of five to 20 people. A handful of leaders with headsets and handheld radios gave orders as a pickup truck full of torches pulled up nearby. Within minutes, their numbers had swelled well into the hundreds. They quickly and efficiently formed a lengthy procession and begun marching, torches alight, through the campus of the University of Virginia.

Despite intense interest from the media, police and local anti-racists, the white supremacists kept the location of their intimidating nighttime march secret until the last moment.

The next day, the far-right forces — likely numbering between 1,000 and 1,500 — marched to Emancipation Park. Once again, they arrived in small blocs under military-style command. The racist groups were at least as organized and disciplined as the police, who appeared to have no clear plan for what to do when the violence escalated. The racist groups stood their ground at the park and were not dislodged for many hours.

For many of them, this will be seen as victory. "Every rally we're going to be more organized, we're going to have more people, and it's going to be harder and harder for them to shut us down," said a spokesman for Vanguard America, a fascist group, who gave his name as "Thomas." "White people are pretty good at getting organized."

And though police arrested James Fields Jr., a 20-year-old Ohio man, for allegedly driving a Dodge Charger into a crowd of anti-racist protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and wounding many others, the white supremacists generally avoided arrests.

They also outmaneuvered their anti-racist opponents. On Saturday, a multifaith group met at the historic First Baptist Church for a sunrise prayer ceremony featuring academic Cornel West and pastor Traci Blackmon. The anti-racists, many of them clergy members, walked quietly to Emancipation Park, where they were vastly outnumbered by the white supremacists.

Later, a band of more aggressive counter-protesters showed up at the park, chanting "Appalachia coming at ya. Nazi punks we're gonna smash ya!" These militant "antifa," or antifascists, were also repelled by the white supremacists.

Given the scale of the protests, the far-right groups suffered few injuries. That was particularly notable given the fact that multiple people near the protests were armed. Throughout the weekend, right-wing and left-wing militias equipped with assault rifles, pistols and body armor patrolled the streets of Charlottesville. (Virginia is an "open carry" state, so gun owners are legally allowed to tote around firearms.)

Many of the armed men viewed their role as maintaining a modicum of order. A "Three Percenter" militia out of New York state posted itself near Emancipation Park with the intention of keeping anti-racists from disrupting the rally. The group says it disapproves of racism but is dedicated to defending the free speech rights of all.

Blocks away, Redneck Revolt, a leftist militia from North Carolina, watched over the perimeter of a park where anti-racists had gathered, committed to preventing violent attacks by the white supremacist groups.

The presence of heavily armed citizens may have played a role in the decision of authorities to largely stay out of the violent skirmishes between the white supremacists and their opponents.

Those who actually marched included many new to the right-wing cause. The victory of Donald Trump in last year's presidential election has energized a whole wave of young people who were previously apathetic or apolitical, rally organizer Eli Mosley told ProPublica. The president has served as "megaphone" for far-right ideas, he said.

Mosley and his comrades are seeking to draw in as many of these newly politicized young people as possible. "We're winning," he said. "We're targeting the youth and making a movement that appeals to the youth."

Some of those who've gravitated to the extreme right milieu are former liberals — like Mosley's fellow rally organizer Jason Kessler — and supporters of Bernie Sanders. Many are ex-Libertarians.

"I was a libertarian," said Mosley, as white supremacists chanted "Whose streets? Our streets!" in the background. "I looked around and noticed that most Libertarians were white men. I decided that the left was winning with identity politics, so I wanted to play identity politics too. I'm fascinated by leftist tactics, I read Saul Alinsky, Martin Luther King … This is our '60s movement."


A.C. Thompson, ProPublica

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Friday, May 31, 2013

Cheerios Ad Depicting Interracial Family, Met Wth Racist Ccomments On YouTube



What do you think of this Cheerios cereal advertisement?  Do you think it is cute, informative (as to health) and well crafted? 

Reports are a segment of the population finds the advertisement distasteful.
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Did you notice what some find offensive? Offensive enough to flock to YouTube for 'safe" exhibitions of racism equal similar to that experienced by other persecuted peoples throughout history.  We have posted an excerpt from a Huffington Post piece related to the ad (below).  

         


               


As I have long posited since 1980 racism in the United States has metastasized into a full blown eruption. Among some Americans it is not only OK to proclaim their racism, it is fashionably "cool" to go overt. 

People like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich openly espouse racist oratory as a tool in their political toolkit, the GOP has osmosis-ed into party of 92% whites, and Right-wing media feeds the psyches of people who apparently hate our president primarily based in race. 

Since January 2009 and just after President Obama's inauguration, the newly founded and 'money backed' tea party allowed infiltration of overt and boisterous racist replete signs, placards and spitting on black members of Congress. David Duke Ku Klux Klan leader and former aspirant to the US Presidency published a rather long video in support of the Tea Party. 

The Dailmaily.co.uk published a piece in 2010 that embodies the essence of what we see as growing and overt acts of racism in the United States. 

Despite social changes across the nation we are seeing a re-birth and re-energizing of both overt and closet racism.  Most people have moved from a paradigm of racism or bigotry via concerted efforts to be a different person. Others are stowing away racial indifference an intolerance and supplanting such with reality based life with less consideration of skin color.  Yet, noble efforts to realistically portray a changing society are, by some, met with hatred and racist acts. The acts we reference are not as overt as the images and video above.  We reference acts of racist people who flock to their desktop PCs and laptops to practice personal and closeted racism. They are people who are far more dangerous to the fabric of the nation than the quacks imaged above. The less overt racist provide a solid foundation for the  "southern strategy" the GOP uses for political leverage. "Leverage" that could eventually lead to a president and vice-president who could forever ruin all economic and social foundations of the United States. They are also more dangerous to a cohesive nation as they are fertile ground for state sanctioned racism that eventually leads (in all cases) to civil unrest (and in  genocide). The DailyMail piece above includes a militaristic dressed racist who declares he would disown his daughter if she chose to date a black man. The racist's comment is probably far more common than we will ever know, have known, or will admit to, but it is a reality that has been or is irrefutable. 

We offer kudos to Cheerios and Parent Company General Mills. Interracial relationships, LGBT relationship, Heterosexual relationships and singles makeup the populace of the United States.  Why should companies avoid use of realism in advertising when reality depicts a world averse to the racist or the bigot?

That said, note the carefully creative way the family is depicted.  The African-American father is physically removed from the white mother (separate rooms) with the catalyst of the advertisement, the daughter, delivering the message to the audience.  The advertisement seems the perfect pioneering depiction necessary to touch into reality and appeal to diverse audiences, while carefully avoiding the big taboos: touching, hugging, kissing and even dancing together

Kudos to General Mills and its Cheerios Brand Management. 

An adorable Cheerios commercial featuring an interracial couple and their daughter generated such a strong racist backlash on YouTube that the comments section had to be closed. 

The ad had received more than 1,600 likes and more than 500 dislikes as of Thursday evening. 

Prior to the closure, the comment section had been filled "with references to Nazis, 'troglodytes' and 'racial genocide,'" according to Adweek. 

YouTube comment sections have a reputation for breeding racist flame wars. CNN focused on the issue earlier this year, after a panel addressing racism and race on YouTube was held at South By Southwest:
"Everyone gets hate comments on YouTube," said Andre Meadows, the creator of the Black Nerd Comedy channel. "You can make the most wonderful video in the world and you will get 'Fake!' and 'Gay!'"
But for minority creators, "when you get comments, it seems to be targeted toward race almost immediately. A lot of people get 'dumb video, stupid video' -- but with mine it immediately goes to racial slurs."

We will leave this piece for your interpretation and contemplation.  

What will you do when your friend calls and rails about the disgusting Cheerios' ad?  what happens if the kids you have raised to avoid interaction with black people, sees the ad and ask you, "Mommy is that a black man lying on their couch?"   
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Monday, April 23, 2012

60 Minutes reminds of On Yom HaShoah, Remember

Never Forget!
Seventeen million people slaughtered by a totalitarian fascist regime called the Third Reich.  60 Minutes recently broadcast a segment about Nazi archiving of their holocaust victims.  It is important to note many of Hitler's victims were slave laborers. And, of course, we know the fates of the slaughtered millions from France through Russia.


If you can fathom the extent of Nazi record keeping, you probably cannot get your brain around the Scott Pelley report  (segment) linked below.


60 Minutes: Hitler's Secret Archive.


60 Minutes Daniel Schorn  (2006/2007):  Revisiting the Horrors of the Holocaust


The Progressive Influence screed in remembrance of the Holocaust  (April 19, 2012):  The Progressive Influence: On Yom HaShoah, Remember 


Someone once stated, "If we forget our past, we are doomed to relive it."  
We must remember that authoritarianism can be a prelude to totalitarianism.
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