How Not to De-Radicalize a Twitter Neo-Nazi
Gurwinder Bhogal: How Not to De-Radicalize a Twitter Neo-Nazi
I’d logged onto Twitter for my daily briefing, and was now having to justify my existence to a girl called Chelsea who was tweeting angrily at me for being born in her country.
“India is a backwards shit-heap,” she said, “and wherever Indians go, they make a mess.”
It’s tense debating someone who regards you as subhuman. You feel jittery and vertiginous, because your opponent is trying to point out flaws not just in your argument, but in your very DNA.
She tweeted again. “You ruined your own countries, now you come here and ruin mine.”
I don’t call people “racist,” because it’s an ad hominem fallacy that has never actually stopped anyone being racist. So, instead, I just tried to be reasonable, and listened (looked?).