The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the founder of a neo-Nazi website for leading a hate campaign against a Jewish woman and her family.
According to the SPLC, Andrew Anglin used his hate site, the Daily Stormer, to repeatedly attack a Jewish real estate agent named Tanya Gersh in Montana.
The SPLC says Anglin published 30 articles urging his followers to launch a “troll storm” against Gersh. Since the campaign began, Gersh, her husband and her child have received hundreds of hateful messages.
The Guardian writes:
“I once answered the phone and all I heard were gunshots,” Gersh told reporters in a phone call on Tuesday morning, her voice trembling.
“I was told I would be driven to the brink of suicide. There were endless references to being thrown in the oven, being gassed.”
Some messages were directed to Gersh’s employers, urging them to fire her for “for her unprofessional, illegal, and anti-white conduct”, according to the complaint. Others were directed to her 12-year-old son’s Twitter account, where one message read: “Psst kid, theres a free Xbox One inside this oven.”
But a harassment campaign from the Daily Storm can mean more than just nasty words. It can mean serious danger.
Some of the Daily Stormer’s fans include Dylann Roof, who killed nine people in a Charleston church in 2015, Thomas Mair, who killed British MP Jo Cox, and James Jackson, who recently stabbed a black man to death and was then cooed over for being “well-dressed” by the New York Post.
Anglin also threatened to stage an armed neo-Nazi march through Gersh’s home town.
The whole thing began after Gersh agreed to help alt-right figure and glitter bombing target Richard Spencer’s mother, Sherry Spencer sell a building. Anglin accused Gersh of trying to extort money from Sherry.
Fighting Back Against Internet Hate
Neo-Nazis, homophobes, misogynists and other hate mongers have run rampant on the internet in recent years, launching harmful harassment campaigns, sometimes with serious consequences.
But maybe the SPLC’s suit is a sign that people are finally figuring out how to fight back. It’s good news for anybody who might find themselves the target of a hate campaign.