We are in the fourth day of our annual fundraiser here at We Are Respectable Negroes. I would like to thank the kind folks who have already thrown some money into the collection bowl. Such gestures are very much appreciated. I am very impressed and touched by them.
I do not advertise here at WARN. Nor, do I receive compensation for my writing at the various websites, and other venues, which have featured my work.
I want to thank the kind donors who have thrown monies into the begging bowl. I also want to thank the good person who sent me an Amazon gift card. How cool! So appreciated.
Instead, of advertising or hounding folks on a regular basis, I offer up the twice a year begging bowl.
My plan is to end the fundraiser by the end of next week. If folks throw in a dollar or two we can end our pledge drive early. One dollar, two, three, or five all count towards the total. We Are Respectable Negroes in a labor of love. I am driven by your comments, support, and good energy.
Have you ever gone to a website, and after reading the comments left there by Right-wing trolls, been astounded and shocked by the detachment from reality they have demonstrated?
Do you often wonder if conservatives, the troglodytes and foot soldiers who befoul the comment sections of news websites, are deranged, existing in an alternate reality, one with its own set of facts?
If you have answered "yes", then you have witnessed the power of populist conservatism and its intentional, practiced, and deft ability to manufacture propaganda for the purpose of shaping public policy and public opinion. This has been called "the right-wing noise machine"; it can also be described as "epistemic closure" wherein conservatives are part of a cult and religion, advancing a disinformation campaign that would have impressed the Nazis, Mao, or Stalin.
The moral panic of the "knockout game"--which is still exciting Right-wing types into acts of public political masturbation and race-baiting as seen on Twitter, Fox News, and elsewhere--is an example of this phenomena in practice.
Propaganda is made most effective through repetition, and the creation of an alternative knowledge system that is divorced from the facts--yet, one that is encouraging, validating, and stimulating to its believers.
On issues such as global warming, the economy, healthcare, and the Constitutional divide between church and State, the Right-wing establishment in America (and elsewhere) has created its own "knowledge industry". The information is junk; yet, it has appeal for its audience because such propaganda validates and rewards the ignorance (and activism) of low-information voters who are usually working against their own collective self-interest.
I acknowledge skill, craft, and hustle when I see it. To point. Right-wing "black on white crime reverse racism race hustling" genius Colin Flaherty is "my man in Amsterdam"--to quote the great movie Pulp Fiction.
He is also a snake oil salesman whose seminal text for the Right-wing, White Girl Bleed Alot, has been thoroughly debunked as an example of piss poor research and social scientific endeavor.
However, in conjunction with WorldNetDaily, Flaherty has been able to use his supposed expertise as an "authority" on the national "plague" that is "black crime" for great effect and personal profit.
Most of the stories about the "knockout game", what is really just a tired post Civil War era narrative about he natural criminality of African-Americans, cite his specious work.
White Girl Bleed Alot does not meet the most basic standards of social science research. However, it is damn compelling for those who are already primed to believe in both old fashioned and symbolic racism.
White Supremacy is magical thinking. White Supremacy's magic is made "scientific" by "truth" claims that dishonestly present "statistics" and "facts" in support of its worldview.
[I can imagine the objection. Why criticize a text because of the political ideology of those who choose to buy it? I am old school. If White supremacists cheer on your work, then there is likely something fundamentally flawed about it. If White Supremacists cheer on your work, and a given author does not denounce and rebut them in a substantive way, then said author is likely in bed with those same White Supremacists.]
Knowledge is an output of a larger system.
The philosophical, empirical, and pedagogical priors of this system do intellectual work and buttress claims of "fact" and "science". Moreover, intellectual work and truth claims are based on appeals to expertise and an ability to cite and reference other research as foundational and necessary for advancing and "proving" the "reality" of a given observation.
Footnotes and other types of citations are examples of such practices. White Supremacists try to substantiate their facile lies, which are deceptively couched as truths, in much the same way. The Right-wing noise machine has created a knowledge industry to that end. Comments on websites, especially by conservatives, are often made by professional trolls, bots, and those who are hired by public relation firms to advance the Tea Party GOP agenda.
Those folks who have purchased or clicked on Flaherty's work on websites such as Amazon.com have left a type of intellectual biography in their wake. The comments on the "knockout game" online also reveal the ugly White Supremacist knowledge machine which is driving the meme.
Reasonable and intelligent people must be careful and suspicious about the appeal and allure of the knockout game meme; it is spurious and silly to us; the racist trope of the knockout game is compelling for many other people.
Consequently, an analysis of the the habits of those people who are trying to develop "expert" knowledge on White Supremacy is very revealing about the bigger political and social agenda at play.
What follows are some of the books purchased by the white racists who also have shown interest in White Girl Bleed Alot.
The well-springs of the weak "factual" claims which serve as the ammunition for a coordinated campaign of cyber racism are readily apparent in the sophistry presented by these "scholarly" works.
- White Apocalypse/Conscience of a Right-Winger, by Kyle Bristow
- Racism Smascism, by James Edwards
- White Identity, by Jared Taylor
- Jihad, by Arthur Kemp
- The Brigade by H.A. Covington
- The Darker Side of Evil Paperback by Andre Nicholas Turner
- Rise of the Black Serial Killer: Documenting a Startling Trend Paperback by Justin Lee Cottrell
- Black Racism, White Victims: Reverse Discrimination, Black-On-White Crime And Other Legal Problems Paperback by John Publius
- The Un-Civil War: BLACKS vs NIGGERS: Confronting the Subculture Within the African-American Community by Taleeb Starkes
- White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century by Jared Taylor
Amazon.com and other booksellers have removed many anti-Semitic texts from their sites. Why do they continue to provide an outlet for anti-black and brown White Supremacist tracts? Why are people of color not treated with the same respect?
What are some other books, articles, and online resources which you have found to be frequented by White Supremacists? Please share those materials so that we can build a reading list that can be shared online with anti-racists and others who want to remove them from the marketplace of ideas.