Redditors are building a speciman against r/ ShitPoliticsSays to illustrate how the subreddit is being used to propagate extremism, lean frequencies when consumers have openly protected or condoned the terrorism of violent white supremacists.
” Far right hate subs ironically whine a lot about because they get called Nazis ,” u/ SkynetJusticeWarri0r wrote in the introduction to a post on r/ AgainstHateSubreddits.” But the bizarre thing is that these subs are the first in line to defend the actions of avowed and violent white supremacists. It’s a phenomenon that is can only lead us to one conclusion, intolerance is an[ subconscious] part of their far-right politics and reddit like 8[ chan] is ground zero .”
Focusing on the online response to the neo-Nazi terrorist incident at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which killed 32 -year-old Heather Heyer, u/ SkynetJusticeWarri0r’ s recorded dozens of hate-filled observes just made by r/ ShitPoliticsSays consumers justifying the two attacks and scorning the victim.
ShitPoliticsSays sells itself as the residence to the” worst political narration on Reddit ,” with its sarcastic takes and mockery of exclusively news-driven subreddit r/ Politics. Hiding behind a thin mantle of paradox is a whole lot of hate.
Some commentaries shifted the blame for white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr. driving his vehicle into a crowd of leftist protestors by arguing that the performance was ” bar transaction .”
Others said that the incident was an accident or” self justification .”
Elsewhere, customers sickeningly blamed the murdered victim for her own death.
” Being startled by a auto and having a heart attack because of poor lifestyle alternatives is not murder ,” one redditor wrote.
” Saint Heather Heyer Morbidly obese smoker. Now a feast for worms ,” another posted.
u/ SkynetJusticeWarri0r likewise shared another one of their own posts, on a different subreddit, discrediting many of these same far-right talking stages which have been transmitted online since 2017.
This week, the Daily Dot interviewed moderators from the AHS community, which launched in 2016 to highlight hate and preconception on the platform. Collecting and cataloging instances of racism, homophobia, and bigotry across poisonous subreddits has become a action to show Reddit’s inaction in combating these site-wide problems.
The thread profiling r/ ShitPoliticsSays is typical of the kind of investigation and refutation that the AHS engages in.
” In the aftermath of Charlottesville, r/ ShitPoliticsSays shows their true dyes ,” u/ SkynetJusticeWarri0r wrote.
” The Unite the Right rally was notorious even at the time due to the fact it was organized, promoted and attended by countless far-right extremist groups ,” the user continued in another post.” The mobilize was heavily promoted by the far right, but it was so socially acceptable, that it even objective up on Reddit .”
As the two-year anniversary of the infamous Charlottesville rally, anti-fascist organizers on Reddit are still fighting the far-right rhetoric around that day.