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Hey Mark,

I respect your work, but when it comes to #ProudBoys you are wrong.

I’ve studied the #ProudBoys and #antifa since 2017.

The concept of a multi-racial white supremacist organization may be hard to understand, but PLEASE ask me before you mainstream them further.

Sam
1/ I apologize if that came off stronger than I intended. I mean to say I was where you were in 2017. That is why I began my ethnographic research with them and antfascists. I wanted to see what the reality of being a member was like, apart from media narratives.
2/ And after what I learned, I feel obligated to warn others about.

They are a violent crypto fascist extremist organization.

They are a radicalization vector.

They reframe their extremism as an assertion of masculinity, which allows them to reach a broader contingent of ppl.
3/ Another reason I am upset with people who report from secondary sources is this.

I had to fight to continue my research after then #ProudBoys leader #GavinMcInnes attempted to destroy my credibility as a researcher & shut down my project.

4/ Another thing many might not understand this feeling.

Fighting for 6 months to coninue my #ProudBoys research & coming out of that to see ppl w/ no skin in this particular game get approved for grants to study what I have studied...with no funding.

5/ So it’s not enough that Trump has cut funding for countering violent extremism programs.

It’s that many in the field often do not look out for one another.

And it’s a shame, because the far right is much better organized and the left seems fundamentally unable to unify.
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