I was tipped off to this series of videos about GamerGate by Staffan Björk, and I think it has some merit.
This series is created by Ian Danskin. Go follow on twitter or visit the tumblr.
What really got to me, apart from the fact that I think this is a fairly accurate study of the people involved in GamerGate, is the (in the media) forgotten aspect of racism. I have to admit, I do forget myself sometimes, but I have the fortune of following Mattie Brice, Arthur Cho, Tauriq Moosa and Veereder Jubbal and many others on Twitter, and they frequently open my eyes to the white privileges I enjoy. It is, as Ian Danskin says, not very nice to be poked in the eye when it comes to our own privileges. It is easy to become defensive.
I see it as an opportunity to learn, rather than a judgement.
This is not to downplay the abysmal treatment of anyone targeted by GamerGate, white or otherwise, but to point out that the dominant narrative, even among articles condemning the movement, was that of angry gamers attacking a number of white women. This left out not only who many of the victims were, but that many of the attackers didn’t really give a shit about games, they gave a shit about whiteness. Articles and blog posts acknowledging the racism in the movement didn’t get elevated by the media the same way, and, consequently, people of color rarely got the same outpouring of support and allyship.
And this narrative made it that much easier for Jack to insist that he does not condone racism, even as he refused to moderate racists out of his movement, refused to publicly condemn racist gators, and even joined in their abuse of people of color, insisting he was in the clear because he did not personally use any racial slurs. That is how thoroughly Jack embraced “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” – there was seemingly no philosophy horrible enough that he wouldn’t align with if it suited his purposes.
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