In 2013, OD set out to change the image and character of the ‘movement’ in the South, and we are going to build on what we have started in 2014:
Internet Misuse – The internet has enormous potential as a fundraising, educational, and organizing tool, but the medium hasn’t been used properly.
Specifically, the internet has become an escape valve that allows people to retreat into a purely anonymous, online fantasy world – a pointless enterprise which is equivalent to role playing games like Minecraft or Everquest – where they can swap millions of messages and vent their frustrations without doing much else.
We have seen activist organizations that get millions of ‘hits’ online atrophy over the past two decades into websites where people go mostly to sit around and gawk at hideous crimes. It’s great that we are able to discuss stories which are censored by the Mainstream Media, but we need to channel that anger into building institutions which can give us the power to do something about it.
In 2013, we decided that we were going to change our relationship with the internet. We were going to use it as a tool to raise money, organize events, define our image, and communicate with the public in order to expand our real world network and start to build up our organizational strength in the South.
Social Capital – The internet is a troll’s paradise.
The anonymous relationships which are formed online tend to be extremely fragile and prone to disruption. If for no other reason, we wanted to get people off the internet and engaging in some kind of productive activity on a regular basis to build up trust and solidarity in our movement.
Violating Taboos – It is taboo in America to be explicitly pro-White, pro-South, and pro-Christian.
In 2013, we decided that we were going to publicly violate these taboos, and that we were going to do it on a regular basis in the South, and hope that our activism would eventually become the “new normal.” There are thousands of people out there who are pro-White, pro-South, and pro-Christian, but who are bottled up on the internet because of their fear of the consequences of violating the taboos.
By showing these people that their fears are exaggerated, we can embolden some of them to step forward and join us.
The Fear Element – It’s often scary to try something new, but much less intimidating every subsequent time you do it. In the case of violating our society’s taboos through public activism, people tend to lose their fear once they cross the red line, especially when they are doing it in ever larger numbers.
Defining Our Image – As long as we hide behind our laptops, the Mainstream Media will be free to define our image to the public.
The Mainstream Media has a narrative too: everyone who is pro-White is like Craig Cobb and Kynan Dutton on patrol in Leith, or Klansmen throwing chairs on The Jerry Springer Show, or the NSM in Atlanta. Fair or not, these media stereotypes are an obstacle that deter lots of people from going public with their beliefs.
By engaging in public activism, we have the opportunity to define our own image for a change, which we can later use to introduce people to our perspective.
Fostering Unity – Getting the CofCC and League of the South to start working more closely together is a rare example of unity in a fractured movement.
Gaining Experience – With each subsequent demonstration, we are gaining more and more practical experience with real world activism.
In sum, we want to take Southerners out of a toxic anonymous environment on the internet, get them meeting up on a regular basis, get them to know and trust each other, get them to engage in productive activism like violating the established taboos, get them to project a positive image while doing so, get them to overcome their fears for they can inspire and embolden others, get them working together with likeminded groups, and finally get them into our expanding real world social network.
It will take patience, perseverance, and calm deliberate action, but we will gradually increase our numbers, draw more young people into our network, and overcome some of the most serious obstacles (for example, being bottled up on the internet) that have been hindering our progress. As our numbers grow, we can pool our resources and begin to think of ways to spread our message on a grander scale.
That should suffice for now.
Update: OD has learned that the “Tennessee Anti-Racist Network” is planning to protest Amren again in April.