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Dancer | Researcher | Occasional #ProudBoys whisperer| Fellow @KhalifaIhler | in @dailybeast @rollingstone @erumors | 📍https://t.co/ee9vPPcx6c
3 Dec 19
1/ Dear @RichardBSpencer,

There are a range of words to describe complex feelings...to demarcate them in their intensity.

The more nameless your feelings are, the more they have power over you.
2/ So let's give your feelings a form and make two important distinctions.

First, let's talk about the distinction between envy and resentment.
3/ There's a difference between wanting what someone else has, (envy) and the feelng that you deserve/are entitled to what they have, that it should rightfully be yours (resentment).
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8 Nov 19
1/ When you spread disinformation as fact and list journalists who you believe to be associated with antifa, you don’t have to explicitly call for violence.

There is a high likelihood that someone in your audience does something with that information, as AWD did.
2/ It is not hyperbole or slander to say that the article you were a listed contributor on led to the creation of this list and video threat. It is something law enforcement recognizes as a threat.

3/ Lets talk about doxxing as you understand it. It is a tactic where sensitive information is shared and condemnation, firing, and other punitive measures are encouraged against the individual engaging in behavior perceived to harm communities.
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2 Aug 19
1/ THREAD

The trial of two #ProudBoys involved in the #NY9 incident began yesterday.

Defense contended #GavinMcInnes was a satirist whose work was taken out of context.

@ADL dir. @orensegal stated violence is a core tenant of Proud Boys charter.

@RVAwonk @lighttuponlight
2/ In 2017, (during an #IRB approved research project), I sought to probe Gavin’s #altright connections & explore the possibility that the #ProudBoys were a #radicalization vector.

Prior to this I had studied foreign #terrorism.

journals.sfu.ca/jd/index.php/j… @JD_JournalDerad
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5 Jul 19
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.
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16 May 19
2/ Exposing #ProudBoys corruption IS resisting fascism.

Exposure is disruptive to fascists like @MrAndyNgo who portray all those resisting fascism as violent so they can peddle their hatred under #1A.

They make no mention of violence endorsed by #PB/#PP members.
3/ What you can do:

1. Support data collection, analysis and educating the public on far right extremism.

patreon.com/ashkenaz89

2. #Resist fascist propaganda.

3. Care for your community.

4. Support countering violent extremism #CVE nonprofits like @lighttuponlight.
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26 Jan 19
1/ Who am I?

I'm a #CVE researcher who studies the process of radicalization, social groups, and movements. In short, I look for ways to prevent people like the #CovingtonBoys from swiping even further right & endorsing white nationalism, ethnic separatism, or dom. terrorism.
2/ On Twitter, I identify as a “#ProudBoys Whisperer,” a tongue in cheek reference to the ethnographic fieldwork I do. This work involves many conversations like the one below.

3/ I also look for ways to help men and women innoculate themselves from falling down the #antifeminist/anti-#SJW /conspiratorial rabbit hole.
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25 Oct 18
1/ Earlier today, @RVAwonk referenced a study that showed the correlation between Trump's rallies and violence, further supporting the concept of #StochasticTerrorism and shedding light on the events on what has occurred since Trump's public embrace of nationalism.
@RVAwonk 2/ In contrast to this well designed study, @Ali_H_Soufan describes a distinct yet equally problematic issue. A biased report that was shown to decision makers.

thesoufancenter.org/intelbrief-cor…
@RVAwonk @Ali_H_Soufan 3/ #Statistics tip: If you choose a sample that contains members outside of the target population, you will collect meaningless statistics.
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