The Southern Poverty Law Center is known for its lengthy database of groups they’ve branded “hate groups” that you don’t even need to be hateful to get on. Even someone as tame as Ben Carson had been added to their “extremist watchlist” in the past, and Majiid Nawaz, a liberal practicing Muslim has been added to their list of “anti-Muslim extremists” for his calls for reform within his faith. It would hardly be surprising if one day they added themselves to one of their lists of hate groups.
Among the latest symbol of hate they felt the need on which to educate the American public?
Did you know that something as seemingly innocent as a glass of milk could be a symbol of white supremacy? It isn’t and that’s an absurd statement, but don’t expect any logic from the SPLC. Here was a ridiculed tweet their project “Hatewatch” sent out the other day:
Among the “revelations” from the accompanying Mic.com article are that “At the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City on a Friday night, neo-Nazis and other trolls danced shirtless in front of a camera. The livestream setup had originally been established by actor Shia LaBeouf as an anti-Trump art installation. But the project has since become a broadcast outlet for white nationalism. Amid all the tattoos of Third Reich iconography bouncing around, one thing stood out: The neo-Nazis were all drinking milk. They spat it out as they danced, letting it dribble down their chins.
Milk, the longtime staple for growing children, is now the new, creamy symbol of white racial purity in President Donald Trump‘s America.”
Imagine for a second actually sitting down and writing the phrase “new, creamy symbol of white racial purity in President Donald Trump’s America.”
Some more logic from the article: “The last time you saw a Nazi chugging down a glass of cool, white milk, it was likely Christoph Waltz’s character in Inglourious Basterds.”
He then makes the rest of his case by citing the anonymous message posting website 4Chan, actually managing to take the posts there seriously: “Some white supremacists think white ethnic identity has a geographic, historical correlation with the body’s tolerance for milk — specifically, the production of the lactase enzyme that allows humans to break down lactose. On 4chan, the internet’s hate speech hit factory, one anonymous poster laid this thesis out using the following graphic from a study in Nature, showing hotspots of where certain populations have higher milk tolerances.”
This, believe it or not, is not the first time milk found itself at the center of the race conversation in America.
So what do these kooks think the solution here is? We all start drinking chocolate milk?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]