Do not reduce this to political differences. Political differences are different approaches to addressing the same problem. Extremist rhetoric, bigotry & racism are morality differences with deep feelings of fear/anger/betrayal. Too many people are dismissing morality differences as political differences. Stop being blind to hateful activity because they are “good people” and help them become better people! Don’t dismiss their behavior because you may not like me or how I present information.
First four steps, social media:
- get off of Kanab Patriots FB page. Learn why at “Kanab Patriots” Recruits and Radicalizes Facebook Extremists and
- get off of the group Kanab/Fredonia Rant & Rave. Learn why at Understanding Social Media in Kanab: Groups, Pages & Individuals
- Unfollow any “liked” pages which post extremist rhetoric. Go to About on FB profile and after photos, friends & check-ins, “select all pages”. For example: Utah Patriots, Celeste Meyeres Utah Conservative
- block the most offensive/prolific or radicalized (Pratt, Mackelprang V, Hooper, Schwilk, Kou, Watson, Dondlinger, Bistline N, Taylor C, Guinn, Smart, Blake, Sanders, Meyeres N & C, Franklins, Mognett, Collins T&J, Watson, Crams) they contribute nothing to your wellbeing or thoughts and if you block them you won’t forget and accept a friend request from them later. Consider simply unfriending others on Hatewatch
Understand the Emotions & Beliefs of the Far-right in Kanab
Research shows a common deep sense of betrayal, anger and economic insecurity among the new right activists with violence at the core (https://cpost.uchicago.edu/research/domestic_extremism/). There is a fear of someone taking what is theirs (perceived as socialism/communism) and of being replaced (becoming the minority) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/06/us/politics/capitol-riot-study.html Please don’t dismiss this fear because THE FEAR IS REAL TO THE PERSON AND HAS CONSEQUENCES FOR EVERYONE even if viewed as irrational, without evidence by others. These are the common emotions I’ve seen from Kanab area residents repeated in social media posts:
- Fear of socialism and/or communism overtaking USA resulting in loss of freedom, property, business, guns.
- Fear/Anger that personal taxes go to fund other countries before funding US issues
- Anger that they worked their whole lives just for someone, especially migrants, to take free medical, education, housing
- Fear that Satan is at work through the left and the media to destroy USA, including secret combinations and forced re-education of Trump supporters
- Fear that Covid safety is Democrat plot to overthrow government
- Fear of refugees and immigrants: crime, cost, job loss, drugs
- Betrayed by Republican politicians caving to Democrats and the media so it is time to fight for yourself and your family
- A Calling that it is up to the people to take back their country
- End of times
Basically—-The left, controlled by foreign agents including China and controlling main stream media , planned the pandemic, launched the Black Lives Matter movement to create civil unrest on top of authoritarian lockdowns to overthrow the US government and install communism or socialism (most are using those interchangeably). They use Antifa as the militant arm of BLM and Democratic Party. The left came after statues and canceling racist things to change history and make white males forever the enemy of every minority. Even the Capitol Insurrection was staged by the left. Fauci is in with others to profit on the vaccine which is able to splice out a “god gene”. A civil war is what they see at hand.
Read and discuss with them
- Their evidence if posted on KURW. If their evidence hasn’t been posted, use the slide presentations of others because every slide has an explanation on it. Start with Louis Pratt and/or Russ Whitaker
- The 3 Ds: Deny–Distance–Dismantle her https://www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology/white-privilege
- The 3 Ss: Slavery–Segregation–Slammer to understand systemic racism & reparation. Apply the 3 Ds to each S to figure out where they are (this is my invention so email me for support email@example.com)
- Four articles by Catholic Bishops about Black Lives Matter https://www.usccb.org/reflections-movement-black-lives-blm
- Variety of topics https://creative-capital.org/2020/06/03/resources-ways-to-support-black-lives-matter/
- FBI and white supremacy: https://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/confronting-white-supremacy,
- DHS and domestic terrorism: https://www.dhs.gov/national-terrorism-advisory-system
Two acts plus the judge convinced that a reasonable person would feel fear for safety or emotional stress and that you should have known that they would, is all it takes for a civil stalking injunction in Utah. When you intervene do not harass, threaten, or do anything repeatedly that is unwanted. Public officials have been granted civil stalking injunctions in what appears to be for the purpose of silencing the opposition, retaliation, or keeping information from spreading (gag-order). This is not what the spirit of the law is for and it is not worth the risk to intervene in these cases.