A Texas man has been forced to retire his Halloween scarecrow after having his address posted online and receiving death threats because someone thought it was racist.
In a photo of the scarecrow that was published on Facebook, chains hanging from a nearby tree gave the illusion that the scarecrow was being hanged from one of the branches. In reality, the scarecrow was standing on the ground and the plastic chains were not connected to it in any way.
The scarecrow also appeared to have black hands and feet, as the homeowner had used an old pair of baseball gloves to create the hands.
“Many commenters called for the homeowner to be arrested, or the house to be shot at or burned down. The house address was included in the original Facebook post,” Click2Houston reports.
The fact that the photo was an illusion did not get in the way of the social media outrage machine however, and the homeowner, identified by Click2Houston only as “Roderick” soon became the target of an internet mob. The photo was posted by an exterminator who had been to the house as he was going to be spraying for bugs. It was shared nearly 1,000 times before being set to private.
“People have been coming by and taking pictures with him for years,” Roderick told Click2Houston. “There’s never been an issue, I never even thought it was going to be an issue, no one’s even suggested this might be an issue.”
Roderick had constructed the scarecrow himself a decade ago out of yoga mats, pvc pipes, duct tape, old toys, and a brown pair of boots. He had also constructed a “Slender Man” scarecrow using white gloves and a white mask for this Halloween season — however, he has retired both due to the internet outrage.
“I’m dealing with murder threats, drive-by’s and house burning” threats, Roderick said. “I like trying to be scary … but yeah, not anymore, no more Halloween celebrations.”
Roderick’s neighbors have defended him, asserting that there is “not a racist bone in his body.”
New Academic Paper Details How Big Tech Enables Left-Wing Terror to Take Root
Big Tech is enabling ANTIFA terror.
A new academic paper details exactly how Big Tech enables left-wing terror to take root on their monopolistic social media platforms.
The academic white paper, titled “Network-Enabled Anarchy: How Militant Anarcho-Socialist Networks Use Social Media to Instigate Widespread Violence Against Political Opponents and Law Enforcement,” is presented by the Miller Center for Community Protection and Resilience and powered by the Network Contagion Research Institute.
“Along with political but non-violent BLM-related slogans and calls to defund police, hateful codewords and memes, such as F*ck12 (f*ck or the cops) or FTP (f*ck or fight the police), appeared as associated hashtags with the ACAB meme on Twitter as confrontations with police escalated,” the researchers wrote in their report.
The researchers found a correlation between hate speech posted by far-left groups on social media and an increase in real-world violence.
“We found an escalation of the use of several kinds of anti-police memes and codewords over the course of the protests,” they noted.
“While these data are only preliminary, they nevertheless suggest that traditionally anarchist, antipolice memes, slogans and codewords fluctuated in sync with the recent political protests and unrest,” the researchers added.
They noted that law enforcement is having difficulty tracking these terrorists who are being enabled by Big Tech platforms.
“One important feature of the network-enabled mob is its capacity to frustrate the ability of law enforcement to detect directed ideological attacks. A core group of actors are able to mobilize lawlessness and violence. If it becomes widespread, the network-enabled mob enables a structure capable of adaptation and evolution especially if it reappears over consecutive days of unrest,” the researchers wrote.
The researchers presented detailed research indicating that ANTIFA uses Big Tech platforms to foment terrorism.
“Quarantine, economic hardship, social unrest, and ideological attacks against law enforcement provide extremists from white nationalist to anti-fascist with fodder for recruitment. Without tools for law enforcement to detect the planning and coordination of these cyber swarming events, police will be operating blind,” they concluded.
Big League Politics has reported on how monolithic social media networks have deliberately allowed left-wing terrorists to organize on their platforms:
Tech giant Facebook provided the platform that allowed ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter terrorists to foment a riot in Provo, Utah that resulted in gunfire striking one unfortunate motorist who encountered the mob.
Far Left Watch made the discovery that Facebook allowed the terrorists to collaborate and promote violence on their platform…
The organizers of the event, the Salt Lake City Antifascist Coalition, used a Malcolm X quote that explicitly endorses gun violence: “Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down.” It seems one of their activists took that message to heart when he picked up a gun and fired it at an unsuspecting motorist, wounding him. The Facebook event page has been archived here.
The ANTIFA organizers urged participants to “come stand with us” and refuse to accept blatant acts of “discrimination, racism, and unethical acts toward people of color.” They also advised demonstrators to “please wear all black,” “wear your masks,” “bring water,” and “wear protective eye gear if you got it.” They scheduled the event to challenge peaceful pro-police protesters with violent and combative street action…
By refusing to ban ANTIFA and BLM thugs from their platform, Facebook is condoning and sharing in the responsibility for the explosion of left-wing terrorism that is overtaking America.
Big Tech collaborators with ANTIFA domestic terrorists need to be prosecuted as such, and these social media entities need to lose their Section 230 privileges that give them a government-sanctioned monopoly over the marketplace.
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