Anti-Government Movement Hits the Mainstream

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Advocating for a Violent Uprising 

Cristal M Clark 

No matter what the movement is these days it seems that more and more they gain speed by hitting social media. The latest is the uprising of a movement which advocates extreme violence targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement. The movement calls for a new and more violent civil type of war. 

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According to Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), an independent non-profit of scientists and engineers that tracks and reports on misinformation and hate speech across social media has been watching this movement.

For years the movement dubbed the Boogaloo, spread offline or via special invite only until recently, when it suddenly leapt onto social media platforms and took off for lack of better words. 

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In short, it’s what the FBI would consider yet another hate group and the platforms it’s been able to gain advocates from are but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Reddit, as well as 4chan. 

The current boogaloo movement was first noticed by extremism researchers in 2019, when groups from gun rights and militia movements to white supremacists began referring to an impending civil war using the term boogaloo, a joking reference to “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” a 1984 sequel movie about breakdancing. The term is used to describe an uprising against a seemingly tyrannical or left-wing government, often in response to a perceived threat of wide-spread gun confiscation, which is one of the biggest reasons these groups tend to grow. 

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They spread misinformation about gun rights and gun ownership and nothing pisses off a gun owner more than the potential for the United States Government to take away the right to keep and bear arms. 

NCRI researchers analysed more than 100 million social media posts and comments found that through the use of memes and inside jokes commonly in the form of images extremists have pushed anti-government and anti-law enforcement messages across social media platforms. They have also organised online communities with tens of thousands of members, some of whom have assembled at real-world events to watch and learn, perhaps looking for weak spots in the events security measures. 

The study reveals some alarming intel into the movement, Boogaloo extremists have used social media to develop strategic plans, share instructions for explosives and 3D printed firearms, distribute illegal firearm modifications, and siphon users into encrypted messaging boards en mass and to spread racism. 

The group has thousands of followers and it’s favorite way to send messages out to the masses is the use of memes. The language of a meme permits the network to organize violence secretly behind what looks like inside jokes and of course plausible deniability.

What’s more is that NCRI was able to identify cyber swarms and viral insurgencies in nearly real-time as they are happening.

The report comes as U.S. law enforcement officials and researchers at various levels have issued warnings about the growing threat posed by domestic extremists motivated by fringe ideologies and conspiracy theories. 

The group is gaining at an alarming rate in popularity, it seems to really center primarily around anything anti-gun, mass shootings, and of course any attempt to remove Trump from office, posting, sharing and spreading misinformation under the guise of fake news or funny memes. 

Cristal M Clark

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Trump to White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis – I’m Condemning You

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What was it? Something like 36 hours after the race fueled attack in Charlottesville, Virginia that Trump finally grew up, grew a pair and condemned racists, calling out White Supremacists groups and Neo-Nazis.

I don’t know about any of you, but I was sitting on the edge of my seat for this one.

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in the its name are criminals and thugs, including KKK, Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans, those who spread violence in the name of bigotry strike the very core of America.”

I’m impressed actually, quite. Who really wrote that, was it his wife? Trump certainly did not come up with that on his own, I think we all know that.

Many are wondering why he waited so long, perhaps he realized that in calling these groups out he might risk losing a large pool of voters he had nicely sitting in his back pocket.

But, then again will he really lose them, he did wait 36 hours before condemning them, which may have left many thinking, “he doesn’t really mean it.”

And, let’s not forget because how could we that, Trump was during the 2016 Presidential election a bigot, racist and womanizing pig, so why would any of these groups take him seriously and for that matter why would any of you?

It hasn’t been that long since the election and people don’t change overnight.

Let’s also not forget that over the weekend Saturday, right after the attack in Trump’s initial speech, he blamed “many sides” for the violence. Not to mention that he also hinted at rather verbally, that these types of incidents happened while Obama was President.

Actually, they did not happen like this. Yes we had some crazy fools out shooting folks for just about every other reason you could find, but I don’t recall a white supremacist mowing down anyone of color in the name of white supremacy.

Then enter the white house who strongly suggested that what Trump meant by his initial speech was to condemn white supremacist groups and neo-nazis. Still, I can’t figure out precisely where that message was hidden in his initial speech.

Either way, this is what hurts Americans, that initial speech, the one all of America and an entire world were watching, the one in which Trump did not condemn these white supremacist and neo-nazi groups, but rather condemned all sides and tried to skirt the issue under a rug…the world saw that and it matters how one reacts to such an outrageous act of violence by someone whose way of thinking has no place any longer in this world.

For his initial response, Trump failed, then to back it up 36 hours later with something his mom clearly wrote for him, just makes it even worse.

The icing on the cake though, that was how he opened the speech.

“Our economy is now strong. The stock market continues to hit record highs, unemployment is at a 16 year low and businesses are more optimistic than ever before. Companies are moving back to the United States and bringing many thousands of jobs with them. We have created over one million jobs since I took office.”

Why in the hell open with that? This is not a business, no one wants or needs that type of pep, self gratifying, pat yourself on the back sort of talk.

Address the nation as a President should, by acknowledging the issue at hand, face it head on, show some humility, grieve with those who have been affected by this nonsense.

These are things Trump is simply incapable of.

Trump has failed all around on this one by failing so clearly to speak out about hate, racism and the violence surrounding those two things.

It’s 2017, we have for the most part grown past that old way of thinking where race drove us apart, Trump would do well to realize that, understand it, get to know it deeply and then maybe he could actually speak from the heart instead of read a speech his mommy wrote for him, I mean wife.

Cristal M Clark

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