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November 23, 2015 2

“With Open Gates”: Racist Anti-Refugee Video Goes Viral

“With Open Gates: The Forced Col­lec­tive Sui­cide of Euro­pean Nations,” a vir­u­lently anti-refugee pro­pa­ganda video widely cir­cu­lated on the Inter­net has received over four mil­lion views on YouTube over the last two weeks. The video uses selec­tive footage of African and Mus­lim refugees and immi­grants to depict them as cre­at­ing may­hem and destruc­tion through­out Europe.

The video ends with a clip of the founder of a Jew­ish cul­tural insti­tute in Swe­den, who claims that Jews sup­port efforts to pro­mote mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Europe. This seg­ment of the video gives fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immi­gra­tion to Europe. The state­ment that accom­pa­nied the post­ing of the video on YouTube blames “Zion­ist inter­est” for destroy­ing Europe “from the inside.”

Still shot from "With Open Gates"

Still shot from “With Open Gates”

The clear aim of “With Open Gates” is to increase anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hys­te­ria in Europe by paint­ing refugees as invaders who are destroy­ing Euro­pean cul­ture and soci­ety and push­ing the con­ti­nent to become a non-white majority.

The racist video orig­i­nated on 8chan, a con­tro­ver­sial Inter­net dis­cus­sion forum whose “Polit­i­cally Incor­rect” sub­fo­rum is noto­ri­ous for racist and anti-Semitic lan­guage. A user with the screen name of Gex appears to have cre­ated the video, with some assis­tance from other users. The same per­son cre­ated an ear­lier video called “End Times Europe,” which uses some of the same footage.

In its first days of release, it was mostly white suprema­cists in Europe and North Amer­ica who were extolling the video. Racists on 8chan and else­where worked to pro­mote the video and gain more view­ers for it. Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, asked his read­ers to make the video go viral. Jared Tay­lor, who runs the white suprema­cist web­site Amer­i­can Renais­sance, also sup­ported the video, as did two pop­u­lar white suprema­cist forums, Van­guard News Net­work and Storm­front. InfoWars, an anti-government conspiracy-oriented site, also high­lighted the video.

The Right Stuff, a web site that posts arti­cles and Inter­net radio inter­views by white suprema­cists, claimed that hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple had viewed the video in the first 3 days after it was posted. They wrote, “If half of the peo­ple who watched this video col­lec­tively were as trig­gered as we were.….Thats [sic] like the largest stand­ing army in europe.”

The video picked up steam in main­stream con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles after Bre­it­bart in Lon­don fea­tured it in a Novem­ber 11 col­umn. Bre­it­bart reported that the video was being rapidly shared on social media includ­ing YouTube and Face­book and online mes­sage boards. The video had over a mil­lion views by the time YouTube took it down for copy­right vio­la­tions. How­ever, mir­ror ver­sions of the video soon appeared on social media sites in the U.S. and Europe. YouTube even­tu­ally allowed the video to be viewed again once the copy­righted music had been removed.

In the wake of the Paris ter­ror­ist attacks, the video received even more atten­tion, par­tic­u­larly in more main­stream cir­cles. For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michele Bach­man encour­aged peo­ple to view it, urg­ing, “After 100 killed by Mus­lims, watch this video on migrants.” In addi­tion, Wash­ing­ton Times con­trib­u­tor and radio show host Steve Deace devoted an entire col­umn to the video. He writes dis­parag­ingly of the refugees going to Europe and says that the video shows what could be at stake in Amer­ica, “if we con­tinue to let our own cul­tural her­itage bleed out.”

“With Open Gates” demon­strates graph­i­cally how the ideas of extrem­ists and white suprema­cists can res­onate with a wide audi­ence. It also illus­trates just how recep­tive so many peo­ple in North Amer­ica and Europe are to anti-immigrant and anti-refugee fear and loathing.



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January 9, 2013 4

CNN Gives Platform to Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones

On Mon­day, CNN aired a prime­time inter­view with con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones on Piers Mor­gan Tonight. Jones’s appear­ance might have been an eye-opening expe­ri­ence for those unfa­mil­iar with what extrem­ists are say­ing, but to the extent that the inter­view allowed him to pro­mote both his views and his media out­lets to hun­dreds of thou­sands of new view­ers, it was quite troubling.

In his ini­tial intro­duc­tion of Jones, the host, Piers Mor­gan, only iden­ti­fied him as the host of “The Alex Jones Show” and also “one of the peo­ple behind” the peti­tion call­ing for Mor­gan to be deported for his views on the sec­ond amendment.

Jones uses his radio show and his web­sites, Infowars and Prison Planet, to pro­mote a host of right-wing and anti-government con­spir­acy theories.

For exam­ple, in a 2011 inter­view with Rolling Stone, Jones com­mented on the shoot­ing of for­mer Con­gress­woman Gabrielle Gif­fords (D-AZ), stat­ing “The whole thing stinks to high heaven. This kid Lough­ner dis­ap­peared for days at a time before the shoot­ing? My gut tells me this was a staged mind-control oper­a­tion. The gov­ern­ment employs geo­met­ric psychological-warfare experts that know exactly how to indi­rectly manip­u­late unsta­ble peo­ple through the media. They implanted the idea in his head by repeat­edly ask­ing, ‘Is Gif­fords in danger?’”

A descrip­tion on Jones’s web­site Infowars for his film “911 The Road To Tyranny” describes how the film exam­ines “Bill Clinton’s involve­ment in the Okla­homa City bomb­ing and how it was car­ried out by intel­li­gence agen­cies to be blamed on the right-wing.  Accord­ing to the descrip­tion, the film also addresses “how the FBI ordered their infor­mants to cook the bomb and train the dri­vers in the first World Trade Cen­ter attack in 1993.”

Jones’s con­spir­acy the­o­ries, while eas­ily dis­missed as ludi­crous, can influ­ence peo­ple to take action. In August 2009, a man pleaded guilty to send­ing a threat­en­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion after he wrote a mes­sage on Infowars threat­en­ing to kill a San Fran­cisco police offi­cer and his fam­ily after read­ing a dis­cus­sion about a sub­way shoot­ing by a police offi­cer in Oak­land, California.

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