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ADL Forced to Recognize the Power of “With Open Gates” Video

EDITOR’S NOTE: The truth is a powerful weapon — and when it is coupled with compelling images and excellent production values it is almost impossible to stop. The article below, authored by the ADL itself, evidences a feeling of powerlessness: The initial effort to suppress the video, based on a bogus copyright claim, has failed. The video is so powerful that — even though they hate the section showing Jewish responsibility for the “refugee” invasion — kosher conservative sites have been forced to feature it or lose audience to sites that will.

“WITH Open Gates: The Forced Col­lec­tive Sui­cide of Euro­pean Nations,” a vir­u­lently anti-refugee propaganda video widely cir­cu­lated on the Inter­net has received over four mil­lion views on YouTube over the last two weeks. The video uses selec­tive footage of African and Mus­lim refugees and immi­grants to depict them as cre­at­ing may­hem and destruc­tion through­out Europe.

The video ends with a clip of the founder of a Jew­ish cul­tural insti­tute in Swe­den, who claims that Jews sup­port efforts to pro­mote mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Europe. This seg­ment of the video gives fuel to anti-Semites who blame Jews for non-white immi­gra­tion to Europe. The state­ment that accom­pa­nied the post­ing of the video on YouTube blames “Zion­ist inter­est” for destroy­ing Europe “from the inside.”

The racist video orig­i­nated on 8chan, a con­tro­ver­sial Inter­net dis­cus­sion forum whose “Polit­i­cally Incorrect” sub­fo­rum is noto­ri­ous for racist and anti-Semitic lan­guage. A user with the screen name of Gex appears to have cre­ated the video, with some assis­tance from other users. The same per­son cre­ated an earlier video called “End Times Europe,” which uses some of the same footage.

In its first days of release, it was mostly white suprema­cists in Europe and North Amer­ica who were extolling the video. Racists on 8chan and else­where worked to pro­mote the video and gain more view­ers for it. Andrew Anglin, who runs the neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, asked his read­ers to make the video go viral. Jared Tay­lor, who runs the white suprema­cist web­site Amer­i­can Renais­sance, also sup­ported the video, as did two pop­u­lar white suprema­cist forums, Van­guard News Net­work and Storm­front. InfoWars, an anti-government conspiracy-oriented site, also high­lighted the video.

The Right Stuff, a web site that posts arti­cles and Inter­net radio inter­views by white suprema­cists, claimed that hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple had viewed the video in the first 3 days after it was posted. They wrote, “If half of the peo­ple who watched this video col­lec­tively were as trig­gered as we were.….Thats [sic] like the largest stand­ing army in europe.”

The video picked up steam in main­stream con­ser­v­a­tive cir­cles after Bre­it­bart in Lon­don fea­tured it in a Novem­ber 11 col­umn. Bre­it­bart reported that the video was being rapidly shared on social media includ­ing YouTube and Face­book and online mes­sage boards. The video had over a mil­lion views by the time YouTube took it down for copy­right vio­la­tions. How­ever, mir­ror ver­sions of the video soon appeared on social media sites in the U.S. and Europe. YouTube even­tu­ally allowed the video to be viewed again once the copy­righted music had been removed.

In the wake of the Paris ter­ror­ist attacks, the video received even more atten­tion, par­tic­u­larly in more main­stream cir­cles. For­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michele Bach­man encour­aged peo­ple to view it, urg­ing, “After 100 killed by Mus­lims, watch this video on migrants.” In addi­tion, Wash­ing­ton Times con­trib­u­tor and radio show host Steve Deace devoted an entire col­umn to the video. He writes dis­parag­ingly of the refugees going to Europe and says that the video shows what could be at stake in Amer­ica, “if we con­tinue to let our own cul­tural her­itage bleed out.”

“With Open Gates” demon­strates graph­i­cally how the ideas of extrem­ists and white suprema­cists can res­onate with a wide audi­ence. It also illus­trates just how recep­tive so many peo­ple in North Amer­ica and Europe are to anti-immigrant and anti-refugee fear and loathing.

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Source: Read the full article at the ADL Blog

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2 Comments

  1. Gerald
    November 26, 2015 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    A broader question we might ask is why do we waste our time writing articles, when making videos is the most powerful way to reach the masses?

    • Anthony Collins
      November 27, 2015 at 10:08 am — Reply

      “A broader question we might ask is why do we waste our time writing articles, when making videos is the most powerful way to reach the masses?”

      This is a bad question for several reasons.

      First, this question flatly dismisses writing articles as a waste of time. Writing articles may be a waste of time if this work is badly done, but this is true of any media. Production values are very important with any media.

      I’ve learned a great deal from the articles on this and other websites. I mightn’t read everything on this website from beginning to end, but I don’t regard this website as a waste of my time.

      Second, this question expresses a “monomediac” perspective. This perspective is comparable to believing that one type of weapon will suffice for waging a war. In reality, just as an army needs to have a range of weapons in its arsenal (e.g., rifles, tanks, artillery, anti-aircraft systems), an organization or a movement needs to have a range of media to reach its audiences and communicate its messages.

      While it’s true that some media are more effective than others for performing particular functions (such as those of agitation, education, and organization, to use Lenin’s famous schema), that some particular functions of media are more important than others, and that an organization or movement should prioritize particular functions of media and particular media over others, it’s still necessary to use a range of media. Different media are good for different purposes. The use of multiple types of media and multiple channels of media can act as an amplifier.

      Third, this question fails to account for the practicalities of producing media. Different media involve different cost structures, and resources for producing media are limited.

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