- Nov 8, 2018
- Ex White Supremacist Christian Picciolini who now runs a global network, providing counseling to others trying to leave extremist movements
- Warns that White Supremacists have infiltrated every walk of society from politicians, police, airline pilots etc
- White terrorist groups want to surpass Tim McVeigh the terrorist who performed the largest terrorist attack on the United States before 9/11
- Hypothesises about attacks regards White Supremacist airline pilots and truck drivers
- White Supremacy used to be fringe but now it's mainstream, making it normalised
- Online communities make it easier to not only allow millions of global White Supremacists to communicate but the internet makes it easier not to associate with the outside world and make only connections with like minded people re-enforcing the behaviour (like a cult)
- Funding used to be through music back in the day, now it's through ad revenue via YouTube, websites and white supremacist press. Although with more and more cuts to funding they're becoming more dangerous describing them feeling "like a caged animal" playing the victim card etc
- Trump "very good at kicking buckets of gasoline over sparks of fire that already exist"
- Like other terrorist groups usually the young and venerable looking for a sense of purpose are recruited and brainwashed
- He got out when people of other races, sexualities etc not only challenged his behaviour on a constant basis, but also gave him love and compassion (something I have also noticed with ex-Westbro members)
- Facts don't do anything to convert White Supremacists but emotions, the least effective thing one can do is tell someone they're wrong
It's a very interesting article and a forewarning that things are about to get a lot, lot worse. I can also imagine things over here in the UK getting bad too with Brexit seemingly giving racists seemingly a license to do whatever they want.
I do find it pertinent about what it said about online communities vs the real world and not shouting down with aggrieved attacks (which just creates further divides), but showing compassion and challenging the ideas set in their head without aggression, and facts not working whatsoever but it being an emotional journey. Similar methods bring used on ex-Westbro members and a method used by Darryl Davis - who's converted 200 KKK members out of the Klan.