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No Political Solution: White Supremacy Beyond the Alt-Right (Grand Rapids)

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Koning Micro Cinema – Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy Street SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49506 United States

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Organized by:
Jennifer Beahan
Phone: 616-698-2342 x801
Email: jbeahan@centerforinquiry.org


VENUE CHANGE: will be in the Micro Cinema, in the Main Theatre building, the Annex. Look for posted signs.

Join us for our next educational lecture: No Political Solution: White Supremacy Beyond the Alt-Right. Content Warning: This talk will involve discussion of racist and violent ideologies and groups, please take care if you are sensitive to such material.

Since about 2014, there has been a great deal of apprehension in media and cultural spaces about the increasing prevalence of white nationalist/white supremacist rhetoric and action in both online and real-life spaces.Whether discussing teenagers on social media with frog avatars, “dapper young Nazis” like Richard Spencer and the fawning media coverage he received after the 2016 election, the street violence culminating in the murder of a young activist at Unite The Right in Charlottesville, or the spate of mass shootings of ethnic and religious minorities in 2018 and 2019, media coverage has often been lackluster or superficial, often due to intentional obscurantism by the people participating in these movements.

Daniel has been following the propaganda of these far-right white nationalists (mostly but not exclusively through their podcasts and YouTube shows) since the middle of 2016, and this talk will brush aside the fog created by often well-meaning media coverage and explain the growth of internet Nazidom as a coherent, but loose “movement,” and describe their internal divisions, using parallels from twentieth-century racist groups and ideologies.

It is of note that despite the literally genocidal intent of many of the people involved in this movement (some of whom cheer on terrorist acts real or imagined), they are also characterized by a pervasive incompetence on almost every level and the terror they engender is leavened by an almost slapstick praxis. With luck, this talk will be equal parts edifying, terrifying, and grimly hilarious.

Additional Information
Exterior image of the Wealthy Theatre Annex Building
Wealthy Theatre Annex Building – 1110 Wealthy St. SE

The Wealthy Theatre Annex is two buildings down from the main Theatre Building – See Map below.

FREE Parking is available in the Wealthy Theatre lot behind the Theatre and Annex Buildings via Barth/Sigsbee or the driveway East of the Annex Building. Street parking is also free after 5pm. Handicap parking is available immediately behind the Annex Building.

After the meeting, join us at Brick Road Pizza, just down the block at 1017 Wealthy St SE in Grand Rapids, to continue the conversation, and enjoy food & drinks. See Map above or View Map on Google Maps.

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About Daniel Harper

Host, I Don't Speak German Podcast

Daniel Harper is an independent antifascist researcher who currently runs a podcast on white nationalism called “I Don’t Speak German.” He currently identifies as a socialist, but was born and raised in Alabama during the 1980s in a lower-class and fairly conservative religious household, but drifted gradually left after discovering science and freethought through science fiction and skeptical literature as a child. His first political memories are of the 1992 Presidential election, and he has been following the far right in America since the mid-nineties. (He remembers watching Rush Limbaugh’s television show in the mornings before school during Clinton’s first term.) During the 2000s, Harper followed the freethought community both casually (as a regular reader of ScienceBlogs and the New Atheists) and actively, combatting creationists and intelligent design advocates as a regular poster on the talk.origins Usenet group. Having idly followed far-right propagandists for years, mostly antifeminist “manosphere” types during the Obama administration, his interest was piqued in summer 2016 by a reference to the white nationalist podcast “Fash the Nation” in a comment thread. An avid podcast listener already, Harper added the title to his queue and over time the curiosity became an obsession, especially after the results of the 2016 presidential race. Since 2016 he has followed far-right podcasts and YouTube shows between thirty and forty hours a week, and in the beginng of 2019 decided to start podcasting about what he had discovered by following the movement. For his trouble, he is regularly mocked on the very shows he follows, and was threatened by a group of militia-like white nationalists who were members of a group called “The Base” in fall 2019. In his personal life, Harper is married and has an interest in craft beer, Doctor Who, and old movies. He has worked most of his life in retail jobs, but completed a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a minor in math in his thirties, and currently works as a lab technician.