That's what I thought when I saw this tweet from Erin Biba.
|H/T: Andy Ngo.|
Freelance Science Journalist - National Geographic, BBC, Scientific American, NBC News, PopSci, Gizmodo, Earther, Dame, WIRED and others. Fact Checker.She's clearly no slouch. However, she has fallen prey to the narrative of white supremacists as a threat. I don't believe they're a threat to anyone. In fact, I would bet that there are more academics and journalists studying them than there are actual supremacists. Kind of like the population of some rare songbird compared to the population of birdwatchers looking for them.
The killer argument is in Erin's tweet.
"What we need right now is a way to find solidarity with each other against our shared enemy of white supremacy."Did the Jewish insurgents in the Warsaw Uprising need a way to find solidarity with each other? Within that community, you know there were mortal enemies. Business deals gone wrong because of lies and cheating, marriages wrecked from adultery, parents whose children had been bullied severely, there simply had to have been Jews in Warsaw who had good reason to hate each other. That's part of the human condition. And yet, the Jews in Warsaw, when they got their hands on weapons, didn't use them on each other. The threat posed by the Nazis was obvious.
The threat posed by white supremacists isn't obvious because it doesn't exist. If it did, alliances between victim groups and within victim groups would naturally arise. You wouldn't need to talk them into being.
On a related note, Baltimore saw it's per capita murder rate record broken yesterday. No white supremacists were involved.
Again, if the external threat was really there, would the members of the oppressed groups be killing each other?