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countering hateful extremism
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blackfolkwatch was founded late at night on January 6, 2006 by maintainer zra. In an effort to gain unprecedented publicity on Livejournal for views opposing those expressed in the various communities named below, the name was chosen and an idea was born. Shortly thereafter, then comaintainer trancendenz announced a widened scope of the community to include racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of prejudice. As the corrupted logic of hate pervades many Livejournal communities to the extent that debate is only allowed on those terms, both zra and trancendenz felt that it was important to address this in all areas where it turned up. In its first 21 days of existence, blackfolkwatch received 2,287 comments on various posts and added more than 30 new members from a variety of backgrounds. Since its founding, blackfolkwatch has fostered much real debate, often between members of blackfolk and our constantly growing number of members.

Originally intended as a forum to challenge the narrow and exclusive opinions and ideology fostered and encouraged by the moderator of and espoused by a vocal minority of the members of blackfolk, blackfolkwatch has since expanded to incorporate issues of racism, sexism, classism, and other forms of prejudice and social issues here on Livejournal and in our global society as a whole. The purpose of this community is to foster real debate and expand our perspectives, and to establish a unified front in combatting the corrupting ideology of hatred and the befouling influence of ignorance.

Livejournal, just like society at large, is permeated by racism. Our members have seen it turn up in a variety of places, including:

Please bring it to the attention of zra if you think another community belongs on the above list.

Community Guidelines:
-slurs or hate speech, except within academic contexts, will generally provoke moderator action as they are counterproductive to our purpose
-with regard to posts, moderators will attempt to keep the community discussion within our broad topic directives
-political correctness is not a concern for this community; we may criticize you but we will not silence you

"But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.

"The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom."

-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is blackfolkwatch.

For background on the founder of this community and why he started it, click here.