To read the recent national and local stories about Raleigh’s Logan Smith and his efforts to “out” racists on Twitter, you’d think he was a random individual with noble intentions.
But the reality is that Logan Smith, vigilante, did not pop up out of nowhere and begin a citizen’s brigade to expose white supremacy for the sake of justice. His entire charade is a calculated witch hunt driven by the radical left with the intention of silencing anyone they deem racist by their own definition.
In fact, in a recent interview, a “curious” CNN anchor asked “Why are you so passionate about this?” as if she had no idea that his full time job is Communications Director for the leftiest lefty organization in North Carolina, Progress NC.
Almost every headline has left that important detail out.
The problem is not just that Smith is being painted a common hero. Although Mr Smith deems himself the ultimate authority on who is and is not a racist, he has no standard apart from an individual’s tweets or photos of crowd from Charlottesville and Trump campaign rallies (because everyone at a Trump rally is a racist.) Thus, it is very tricky to identify individuals accurately, even with the help of the Twitter mob. Not only has some of the information he’s used been inaccurate, but now that the mob is involved, “racist” individuals identified on Smith’s Twitter account have been publicly shamed, received horrific death threats, and even lost their jobs as a result.
Logan Smith is not the only individual who has crowd sourced efforts to out and shame racists. Hollywood star Jennifer Lawrence has also taken to Twitter to do the same.
And it was not too long ago that Lena Dunham claimed to overhear two airline employees having a “transphobic” conversation amongst themselves and tried to get those employees fired.
So where will the thought police stop? White supremacy is indeed evil and loathsome and has no place in decent society. But we don’t make societal change by targeting individuals and their livelihood based on their speech or ideology.
Indeed, attempting to silence those with whom we disagree by attacking their livelihood is wrong. And praising individuals like Progress NC’s Logan Smith and Hollywood elite like Lena Dunham and Jennifer Lawrence for summoning the mob and sicking them on these people is not just wrong. It’s a very slippery slope.