This Week’s 5: Because White Supremacists Love Attention...

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If there’s any upside to the rise of white supremacist terrorism, it’s the revelation that many of these terrorists are really bad at their jobs. Consider the case of Virginia white supremacist recruiter and hopefully soon-to-be former school resource officer Daniel Morley. Morley recently got outed as an active recruiter for the white supremacist terror group Identity Evropa and is now on leave. What made matters worse is that he worked as an SRO at a school with majority Black and Brown students. He even claimed in an official SRO video that his goal was to give students a safe environment like he had growing up. Meanwhile, he was online recruiting others to do harm to the same communities he served and bragging about infiltrating Black and Brown spaces. Is it a wonder that so many students and parents are advocating for more counselors and less or even no SROs at all? How many more of these stories do we need to see? To borrow from white supremacists’ favorite president, perhaps we should have a complete and total shutdown of SROs until we figure out what the hell is going on. Read more from the Root.


White supremacists love Donald Trump. Terrorist after terrorist (most recently in New Zealand) has directly referenced him as inspiration. Meanwhile, he has gone out of his way not to demonize them in the same way he does every other group of people with melanin. Following the New Zealand attacks, he was asked if white supremacists are a problem and he not only said no, but claimed it was just a few sick people. His policies certainly reinforce this. One of the first things the Trump Administration did was drastically cut funding for investigating and combating white supremacist terrorism, despite the spike in white supremacist incidents immediately following Trump’s election. Furthermore, he has used all the institutional tools at his disposal to terrorize communities of color, Latinx people and Muslims in particular, including giving ICE carte blanche to go after immigrants the same way one goes after zombies in a video game and refusing to even mention Muslims following explicitly Islamophobia terrorism like the New Zealand attacks. Short of arriving at a press conference in a white hood and screaming “nigger” into the microphone, he couldn’t do much more to endorse white supremacy. Read more from Vice.

Critical Race Theory

White supremacy thrives on the thinnest veil of plausible deniability. It hides behind supposedly legitimate activities and organizations and then uses their infrastructure to funnel talking points to large audiences. This is perhaps most glaring in the gun rights community. At the top of the food chain, the NRA, on behalf of weapons manufacturers, produces ads openly calling for civil war with images of supposedly scary Brown people and never misses an opportunity to defend the most heinous and obvious police murders of Black people, even if the victims are staunch gun advocates like Philando Castile. Then there’s the mobilization on the local level. North America has seen a rise in white militia groups since the election of President Barack Obama in 2008. One of those groups is the Three Percenters. While they claim to be libertarian and not racist in their rhetoric, their activities include armed demonstrations at mosques and spreading blatant Islamophobia online. Combine that with constant weapons and tactical training and violent rhetoric in general, and you have what would obviously seem like a domestic terrorist group. Yet, they aren’t classified as such. Thankfully, a Muslim organization in Canada is putting pressure on the government to change that. Read more from Vice.