This Week in White Supremacy: Special Edition #3

Lone Wolves Connected Online: A History of Modern White Supremacy

By Laura Smith, The New York Times – For the past 40 years, there have been dueling narratives about white supremacists in the U.S.: dangerous or farcical. They are alternately seen as a hillbilly fringe with outsize ambitions for political revolution, and a savvy movement demanding constant vigilance. While the media, nonprofits and law enforcement have juggled these two ideas, white-power organizers have been busy connecting, recruiting and working at the digital grindstone — speaking to and expanding their base for decades. Read more.

First, the Good News

  • Biden inauguration poet Amanda Gorman: Her mentors celebrate – Los Angeles Times
  • Opinion | Finally, a President Acknowledges White Supremacists – The New York Times
  • Remarks by President Biden at Signing of an Executive Order on Racial Equity | The White House
  • Joe Biden, Susan Rice first moves to eliminate systemic racism targets federal government: cancels Trump 1776 Commission; private prisons, – Chicago Sun-Times

News Related to White Supremacy

  • Eugene Scott on Twitter: “A white Ohio Republican lawmaker who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting COVID-19 because of their lack of hygiene will now lead the state’s Senate Health Committee.
  • For 1st Black Pentagon chief, racism challenge is personal
  • Stephen Wolf on Twitter: “Just today I’ve seen news of Republicans in Montana & New Hampshire trying to repeal same-day voter registration, & Arizona GOP trying to purge countless voters from their “permanent” mail voting list. Dems in Congress must pass laws to stop voter suppression or this will spread” / Twitter
  • Senator Mike Lee of Utah on Jan. 22 sent out an email solicitation with the subject line “Here’s how we can wipe out socialism in our schools” to raise funds for The Tuttle Twins, a children’s book that promotes capitalism and free markets and decries socialism.
  • The Independent on Twitter: “Tucker Carlson warns viewers they could be ‘hurt’ in Biden’s ‘war on white supremacists’
  • Alexander McCoy on Twitter: “Just an observation about the media: We’ve gotten dozens of request from political reporters asking to be connected with veterans who became right-wing extremists. But we’ve gotten zero interest in the perspective of POC troops who had to cope with extremists in their units.” / Twitter
  • COVID besieges Filipino, Vietnamese Americans in Bay Area – Los Angeles Times
  • Derenic Byrd on Twitter: “Kalief Browder allegedly stole a backpack at 16, spent 3 yrs at Riker’s Island without trial. Riley Williams stole a laptop from Speaker Pelosi’s office and tried selling it the Russians. She was released to her mother There are two justice systems in America #BlackLivesMatter” / Twitter
  • Janai Nelson on Twitter: “The recycling of bad cops and incompetent leaders in law enforcement shows that corrosive policing is not a local issue. It is a national crisis that requires and federal response.” / Twitter
  • ProPublica on Twitter: “We obtained long-secret NYPD disciplinary records and created this searchable database of more than 12,000 complaints—including 7,636 allegations of use of force—filed against NYC police officers by the public.
  • ‘It’s about freedom from fear’: Deportations loom despite Biden executive order
  • Monique Coleman Talks About Why She Wore Headbands in HSM | POPSUGAR Beauty
  • Ida Bae Wells on Twitter: “It would be really awesome if some of the national news organizations planning to do Tulsa Race Massacre centennial coverage would financially support and partner on coverage with the Oklahoma Eagle, one of the last remaining Black Greenwood institutions.” / Twitter
  • The Black Detour on Twitter: “Traveling while Black: Never pay with a $20
  • United Farm Workers on Twitter: “When it rains, workers either wait (unpaid) for the storm to lift, or go to work in the rain among slippery, muddy rows. If they’re paid a piece rate, the work is slower but the piece rate stays the same.” / Twitter