Arriving here it could be noted that speakers, such as Mike Cernovich, empowering white nationalist sentiments, may be an inapt medium for debate and dialectic.
Yet, what is of more import, again, is historicizing the complicity that devil’s advocates, contrarians and gaslighters alike all have in enabling white nationalism.
Perpetuating unwarranted criticism fuels microaggressions, racist jokes, and effectuate real, visceral problems in the livelihood of black and brown peoples.
We must recognize what happens after the gaslighting is over: white nationalists have the privilege to go home and sleep soundly.
Meanwhile, the lives of black and brown people have been thrown into jeopardy.
This leads to the security of hate speech under the guise of free speech, which normalizes and makes space for microaggressions, segregation, exclusion and prejudice.
As for those of us who do have the capacity to recognize racism and its vestiges, it is not enough to acknowledge our privilege, racism and xenophobia. It is not enough to simply like, or be comfortable around, black and brown people.
These things do not disavow us of being anti-black or xenophobic.
When we reflect on our actions and cannot locate instances in which we have, we continue to and plan to utilize our privilege for the benefit of others, for equity.
Before we attempt to engage in counter-advocacy of any form, we need to recalibrate our lens of criticism on ourselves.
Equity is about removing the unethically obtained excesses of power and resources in our lives and using that surplus to create or contribute to long term social and economic stabilization of black and brown peoples.
In place of being edgy or reaping the benefits of the social capital associated with recognizing our privilege, let’s give examples of the ways in which we have and plan to risk something for equity.