Something Gone Viral!

by cynschultz on October 18, 2015 - 1:53pm

In the summer of 2015, The New York Times was publishing ‘‘White Supremacists Extand Their Reach Through Websites’’, an article by Michael Wines and Stephanie Saul. The article is about how white supremacists website such as The Daily Stormer and Stormfront.org are capable of shaping individual’s ideology and redirect it on particular ethnic group they are targeting. Dylann Roof, an active member on Stormfront.org, was recently arrested and charged of several murders. In 2013 Andrew Anglin was also charged with the murder of a black adolescent in Florida, he was active on The Daily Stormer. According to the authors these sites contains complaints on black crime, immigrantion, and desire for an all-white enclave in America. They also coach nationalist with arguments and academic commentary on superiority of white and threaths immigrants oppose. White supremacists online groups and site are growing in number and are made more anonymous because of internet making it extremely hard for police men to track potential violent individuals and terrorists. Thankfully, Wines and Saul goes on to mention one major issue for those sites, and its the fact that they are financially challenge and most struggle to cover expenses regularly.        

 

Response

Wines and Saul’s article is frightening because it pushes racism and hate crime to another level that is worldwide and that in my opinion is much more dangerous. Racism is dangerous on the internet because like stated by the authors, it make it anonymous and can change or reinforce people’s ideologies. Like stated by Diamond, race is culturally constructed, crude labels are real, and influencing access and opportunities are present in society. Which best describe the reality of white supremacists groups on the internet and their impact on society. They are way more dangerous being online because racist ideas can therefore reach a greater range of people and it eliminates fear of the law to further discuss them. For me the biggest weakness of the article is that fact that the authors dont mention if there are means taken by law enforcers to reduce or eliminate the problem, nor do they give statistics of hate crimes encouraged or motivated by the sites. Fortunately, Wines and Saul do mention the problems the sites face on a daily basis. 

 

Reference

Wines, M. & Saul, S. (2015). White Supremacists Extand Their Reach Through Websites. The New York Times, A1. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/us/white-supremacists-extend-their-rea...

Comments

To begin with, I have decided to comment on this summary/response because the title "something gone viral!" appealed to me and made me curious to find out what in terms of race and racism could possibly go viral. The idea of white supremacy or just the ideology of supremacy is terrifying in the sense that certain groups of individuals believe in a superior race or type of being. As cynschultz mentioned in her response, websites like TheDailyStormer can be highly influential to the public and potentially lead to active hate crimes. Although I do agree with cynschultz's main ideas, I do not believe that having racist websites online would increase the number of racial supremacists but it will push their motives and potentially recruit others from there. To further explain, I do not believe that people will suddenly become a supremacist by viewing a website such as TheDailyStormer, I think those who already have a racist mindset to begin with, are those who voluntarily search it up and then proceed to becoming a supremacist. But I do think that if the individual has never been exposed to racism or learned about other races, then they can easily be influenced and changed. I am going to refer this specific article to what Curnoe wrote: races aren't like species because races have an arbitrary boundary. White supremacists believe in the opposite where we are indeed considered as different species where one race can be superior to another.