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Exclusive: Russian-bought Black Lives Matter ad on Facebook targeted Baltimore and Ferguson -
Remember the target of these efforts isn’t always obvious. Though some may suggest these were targeting the black community or activists in BLM, it is just more likely they used these ads to amplify fissures in our country along racial lines and were aiming at people against BLM
The currently announced knowledge on the RU IRA (Internet Research Agency) shows they didn’t have a genuine ability to relate to the African-American community or weren’t interested. There was not an large effort to influence this community compared to others the did target.
The current examples show the RU IRA had a near parody level knowledge of some of our communities in the US but for some of these campaigns this would have worked because the targets also had a stereotypical view of other Americans.
The RU IRA targeting was most often aiming at people who already had heavy and easily accessed biases including racial and political biases about immigrants, liberals/conservatives, women and lgbtq. These biases were then exploited for further division.
Russia has a long history of drawing up propaganda against Americans using our deeply painful history of racial injustice and abuses. RU famously used the ‘А у вас негров линчуют’ (are you lynching your negros) line to distract from its pogroms. #whataboutism
a New York Times article on the topic:…
The comes as yesterday we get the headline that ‘Putin wants to control rap music in Russia’
Not surprised at all by this as we’ve seen RU pave inroads to America’s most vile racists including David Duke.
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