A tweet thread by @sazza_jay,
2017-01-30 (bold emphasis added):
We need to talk about these 'lone wolf' white terrorists
who turn out to belong to online white supremacist & MRA
They are not 'lone wolves'. They are radicalised. Their
violence & hatred has been nurtured, and directed by their
(When I say 'directed', I don't necessarily mean they've
received instructions to attack, to be clear)
This is not a problem authorities can't understand when it
comes to ISIS. They understand the impact of online communities
in ~that~ context
'He's a loner' they say, after asking around his
neighbourhood. But this is a new age. Where we live extends
beyond geography now.
They aren't 'lone wolves', they're a pack. They egg each
other on, strategise together and they're always recruiting for
Calling white terrorists with deep connections to online
white supremacist &anti-women communities is wilfully
incompetent &highly dangerous
This isn't just sloppy, it's an outright refusal to tackle
terrorism as long as it's wearing a white face.
It's a wilful disregard of public safety. When they call
these people 'lone wolves' they're saying they aren't gonna do a
thing to stop them
If you've ever been unfortunate enough to be targeted by
these online communities you know that they're not an oddball
Tell Leslie Jones or Anita Sarkeesian that they were just
victims of a 'lone wolf' and understand the level of ridiculous
we're being fed.
'That's a bad analogy!' - I'm not making an analogy. These
are the SAME GODDAMN PEOPLE IN BOTH.twitter.com/jacremes/statu...
Failure to acknowledge the links between right wing
terrorism and Reddit/twitter/FB communities is gonna get more and
more people killed.
One thing: what's happened in Quebec is still unravelling.
What I've said here tonight might be irrelevant to that
particular case. We are still awash with a swamp of information
and still sorting truth from rumour. This applies beyond
yesterday's awful attack.
'Oh yeah? Give me names!' Anders Breivik. Dylan Roof.
Elliot Rodgers. Richard Poplawski. Daniel Cowart. Wade Michael
(As with yesterday's, the link to the first tweet
should display the whole thread. Here are links to the other
tweets just in case ...
A slightly different emphasis from @JAZonyaMINE's tweets from
a month and a half earier
QotD) in that one looks at larger culture (the
"self-radicalization" is a perhaps-inevitable expression of
threads present in our culture that we don't want to admit are
that dangerous) ... and the other looks at radical communities
(even in the transition from absorbing these memes from our
culture to wanting to act them out, the "lone wolf" is usually
part of a pack that we could see -- maybe even in time
to prevent some of the violence -- but are mostly
unwilling to see and label). Not even different sides
of the problem, really. More like two flashlights shining on the
same side of the same thing, one lighting the top half and the
orgwe illuminating the bottom, and both beams overlapping in the
(As a commenter replying to one of these threads pointed out,
see also "stochastic terrorism".)