Case study in FB radicalization. This was just posted on FB by someone I graduated from HS with. They were always a self-described "conservative Republican," but not particularly political until 2016 when Trump fired them up. Now this is what they're sharing.
Five days ago that person wrote a long piece about how Obama started all of this dividing along lines of race in America and that they're sick of it because "THERE IS ONLY ONE RACE. If you choose to divide by color you must take a hard look into your own form of “racism”.
This is not someone who is a secret white nationalist meme warrior. They are a white person who genuinely claims to believe racism is terrible, and so in order to combat their definition of racism they are recirculating memes produced by white nationalists they found on FB.
These are the sorts of formerly apolitical people being targeted and potentially radicalized by savvy white nationalists on FB. I've seen QAnon do the same thing to a few other previously apolitical people I knew decades ago.
By "radicalized," what I mean is that surfing and recirculating far right and white nationalist FB pages has come to absorb time that this person used to spend doing other things, like cooking or gardening or watching sports or watching TV with family members.

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