The Era When American Race Relations Were Weaponized

We’ve always had a problem and now another country has taken advantage

“The flag of America stands in the grass with looming sunnset on 4th of July” by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Let’s face it, Americans do not need any help being racist. They will call the police on a couple of African Americans who have been in the coffee shop for TWO minutes. The police will then mechanistically claim they are unable to make thoughtful decisions about arrests on the scene, but must apply the handcuffs.

Or how about the family that lost their nut over a parking spot and decided to attack two troops with racial and homophobic slurs.

Tweet from VoteVets about the attack on two troops including video of the attack

Perhaps more alarming than either of these incidents is the apparent war declared by racists in Auburn, Michigan. The white supremacist answer to protests against racism was to have people with trucks form a circle around the high school with Confederate flags.

Or if I haven’t made a sufficient case, how about the frat at Syracuse University that is now suspended after video surfaced of their members pledging hatred in their hearts for the n-words and k-words?

I’m not done laying it on thick. There’s rich white people complaining about letting black kids into their school, too.

Yes, the United States with its openly racist President sporting his 50% approval rating among whites does not need help to be racist.

What if our enemies noticed this fatal flaw in our character? What if dictators noticed that as much as we talk smack about being a democracy, we have a glaring issue with racism?

Sometime during Obama’s term, it is said during the Arab Spring, a general in Russia observed that social media could be used effectively to move populations to revolt. By February 2013, he had published an article in a military journal about his idea. General Valery Gerasimov of Russian armed forces noted that the United States could be attacked by using social media to weaponize the divisions in American society. The racism, the religious bigotry, and the classism would be enough to make us implode. All they had to do was build a hacker army to amplify our divisions.

How do they do this?

Well, it is simply really. They have developed a number of different kinds of bots and fake profiles. These are designed to get us to doubt the most reasonable among us. They are designed to push people toward extreme opinions. They are working toward conflict. They support white supremacy.

For example, let’s take the NFL flag controversy. When Donald Trump tweeted negative things about kneeling respectfully during the anthem, Russia bot activity in favor of his opinions was dramatic.

The fact that a Russian general shared this plot in a Russian military journal and American military defenses did not react is fairly stunning.

I learned about this plot from reading Russian Roulette by reporters Michael Isikoff and David Corn. This is a critically important book for Americans to read. They need to understand we are under a sustained attack from Russia. It is an attack that puts white supremacy on blast. A problem we already had way too much of an issue with is now being used by our enemies to implode democracy.

The Trump-Russia investigation isn’t just about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. It is about how a cyber army is attacking our nation right up until this moment. It is about how Russia may have found “hybrid warfare” or the use of economic, political, social, and especially informational warfare to be more effective in dominating the United States than conventional military warfare ever would be.

We as a nation have no governmental defense to this attack. Our leaders have said so in Congressional testimony.

It will be up to Americans to somehow overcome racism, classism, religious bigotry, and other divisions in our society to defeat our enemies who have learned of this strategy to defeat us as a nation.

I think we are finally up to this, but this will be our greatest challenge yet. We have to tune out the noise. As Clay Rivers says, “Love one another.”


Chances are I have a migraine. My spirit guides are Voltaire & Bierce. Considering making SJW into a religion. Genealogist

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store