Is it okay to publicly identify and shame Nazis? | The Tylt
Is it okay to publicly identify and shame Nazis?
Directly after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, a Twitter account began posting images of white supremacists in attendance and asked for their information. Immediately, people who were not involved were identified as white supremacists and Nazis—even though they were nowhere close to the Charlottesville on the day of the rally.
A YouTube personality with misidentified as a Nazi because an old image of him wearing a swastika armband surfaced online. He says it was a prank. In another incident, a professor at the University of Arkansas was misidentified as a Nazi because someone on the Internet posted his information and said he was present at a rally on the University of Virginia campus. He was actually 1,100 miles away in Bentonville, where he went to a museum with his wife and friend.
Some people think doxxing is wrong, no matter who you're trying to target. The consequences for misidentifying someone are massive and can ruin lives. Naming and shaming racists can be a peaceful way to seek justice, but it's not worth the collateral damage.
Activists say hate should have consequences. It's that simple. People who go to white supremacist rallies and organize around the idea that white people are superior to other races do not have a right to privacy. People who live in communities with white supremacists deserve to know that their neighbors or co-workers think they're genetically superior to them.
Naming and shaming people gets results. People who have been publicly identified as white supremacists have lost jobs, been forced to publicly defend their ideas, or have been ostracized from family and the community altogether. We cannot tolerate Nazis and white supremacists. You don't talk or debate Nazis, you fight them.
"If you don't like doxxing, I say, please, find a new way to keep these people back," Jenkins says. "The problem is you've all been doing nothing."