Left: October 15 NSM rally; photo by historymike
(Toledo, OH) Several readers have written in the past few weeks concerning my lack of coverage of a particular neo-Nazi group that has paid a few visits to Toledo in the recent past. Those who have visited this site remember that I devoted quite a bit of space to this topic.
My interest in writing about the racist right started in October 2005, and was maintained during the period that the National Socialst Movement (NSM) participated in above- and below-radar activities in this area.
The process of tracking and documenting the activities of this and other white supremacist groups takes a considerable amount of time and energy, not to mention the costs in risks to my family, attacks on my character, and even death threats. I made a decision some time ago to limit my participation in the coverage of neo-Nazi activities to events that involved the city in which I live, people that I know, or major national stories.
There is another side of the equation that I should also discuss, and that is the issue of unintended cinsequencs. At what point does an article or blog post about a group like the NSM stop functioning as information, and instead morphs into free publicity for a fringe collection of extremists?
A person could make a career out of debunking the absurdity that gets posted on some of the most fanatical sites, but to what end are such efforts geared? An agenda that advocates genocide of racial minorities or forced deportation of certain ethinic groups only resonates among the handful of like-minded extremists, and even the white separatists largely ignore the cartoonish rants of the likes of the NSM.
In short - I will write about theses issues when there is a compelling reason, and not allow my site to provide free promotion to groups like the NSM.