Monday, August 11, 2014

Brad Ford Says Pointing Out That A Neo Nazi Group Is A Neo Nazi Group Equates To Tabloid Blogging Akin To Twisting Scripture

I've tried to adopt a new personal practice about Brad Ford's writing on Gordon Howie's site: mutter a social media phrase--Wordpress Twitter Facebook--and move on.

Today, I went over to Ford's post, saw a chart about scripture phrases being taken out of context. It would behoove everyone blogging not to begin a post with Matthew 27:5 "Judas went and hanged himself" followed by Luke 10:37 "Go and do thou likewise." So far, no muttering.

Immediately following the chart, however, Ford offers the following paragraph:
Yes, anything can be taken out of context–even the Bible–then twisted to mean something different.  Political spinsters make a living by hoodwinking the gullible on television.  One local “news” spot made the German “Immortals” marching for ethnic “identity” come across as a neo-Nazi demonstration. [Emphasis mine]
If one googles "German 'Immortals,"' one gets what's pictured on the following screenshot.

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If Mr. Ford doesn't want to cite Wikipedia, that's his prerogative. Many of my fellow teachers don't consider it a valid source. On the other hand, Stormfront.org describes itself as "the voice of the new, embattled White minority!" I didn't read the entire set of posts on the Stormfront thread, but comments were nearly unanimous in supporting the Immortals, and not one objected to the group being called Neo-Nazis.

The article that began the thread was from London's Daily Mail. It begins,
A German neo-Nazi group is using modern technology to organise and showcase terrifying protests that have a chilling resemblance to the fascist torch rallies of the 1930s.
In one, hundreds of black-clad figures with white masks converged without warning on the streets of Bauzen, Germany, carrying torches and placards with extreme nationalist slogans.
A New York Daily News article that was the basis for the Daily Mail article reports,
The group uses an outdated word  - 'Volkstod' - on their signs, the newspaper noted, intentionally harking back to the days of the national socialism. It's a turn of phrase that neo-Nazis use to describe what they perceive as the degredation of the German race taking place under democratic government.
Lest one forget, the German government considers the group  to be neo-Nazis,
That is one of the reasons neo-Nazis now choose to be more inconspicuous. The second neo-Nazi dummy drives home that point.
It sports the dark scruffy clothes that are the typical garb of leftist agitators. In fact, Germany's far right is highly adaptable, embracing many subcultures such as rap and graffiti.
One group, the Unsterblichen (Immortals), uses social media to coordinate night-time processions, walking through towns with flaming torches and wearing masks to intimidate residents.
It's not "tabloid blogging" to call neo-Nazis what they are.  Calling the Immortals neo-Nazis is certainly not the same thing as taking Bible verses out of context.

At the risk of engaging in what Ford calls "tabloid blogging," I will ask a simple question: why does a candidate for the United States Senate use Nazi paraphernalia as props and give space to Ford's ramblings? It's a social media moment--Wordpress Twitter Facebook.


1 comment:

Troy Jones said...

LK,

You just can't make this crap up. For the life of me, Howie giving this guy exposure is unfathomable. Howie is a candidate for the US Senate. Sheesh