dang.

had a conversation with old PI today about white supremacist organizing on the internet.

he was genuinely surprised at how much I knew about it, like, "you must be deep into the internet!" and it's like

no, not really?

it's just that once you start noticing it, you kinda don't stop, and you want to do what you can to report it and get it removed

so yeah, that's how I knew about the organizing happening on Twitter and Facebook

like "deep on the internet" in the sense that before I locked my Twitter account (and eventually deleted it) I had more than one of them find me, sure, because how dare you exist and be happy as a BIPOC on the ol' internets.

ditto doing "fun outreach" stuff aimed at BIPOC students via Facebook and the like.

like.

these people don't HIDE or anything. they're not ashamed, why would they?

the obnoxious ones are smart enough not to list where they work or go to school, so apart from useless Facebook reports, there were no repercussions.

if you're white and you use the internet, you have a duty to ensure that the spaces you are in are not a safe space for white supremacists. no, "oh but I like this person and they've never done anything in MY group" -- listen to us. listen to what we have to say. report people to the mods or if it's an ongoing problem, *leave the fucking group and let people know why you're leaving*.

make mods explain their decisions. make it uncomfortable. make it weird.

it's the LEAST you can do.

Follow

this is the opposite of radical and it falls under the "regular maintenance" heading, but goddam, it is necessary if you want to keep your spaces safe.

it's low-stakes for you! it is not low-stakes for me and other BIPOC.

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