Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Kareim Oliphant ― White Supremacist Ideas Must Be Challenged, Not Ignored

To argue that incredibly bad ideas simply die on their own, especially if they go unopposed, and that these ideas have no potential to rise from relative obscurity to national (or even international) preeminence, is to argue in contravention of the historical record.

Ku Klux Klan members march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. in 1928.
Outset Magazine - Some hold the view that the best way to deal with white supremacists is to
ignore them. For if we shed light on the contemptibility of white supremacist ideas, the logic goes, we are merely giving them undue attention—attention that presumably produces a worse outcome for society than allowing their racist views to go unchallenged. Proponents of this view are also quick to dismiss white supremacists as “basement dwellers” who are simply “fringe elements” of the society. But there are a few critical problems with this assessment.

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