Warning. Contains trolls, misogyny, death threats, verbal abuse, spiders, Morrissey.
When I was a kid I watched a lot of B movies. One scene from one movie stuck in my mind.
“Why don’t you show yourselves?” is the challenge from a human.
A spider scuttles by. Instinctively, the human squashes it with his foot.
“Why did you kill that creature?” asks the disembodied voice of the alien.
They engage in a thoughtful dialogue about disgust and otherness. Hell is the other.
“You would find us just as strange. You would fear our form. That is why we remain hidden.”
There is a moral duty some may recognise. It is the duty to investigate, not to reject. To understand, not to revile. To take on our superficial instincts. It is a collective moral duty. The only punishment for failure falls upon the human race.
A socially inept 25 year old white male, effectively a recluse. I think it is uncontroversial to say that such a person requires help. What is his personality disorder? Is he on the autism spectrum?
The isolated 25 year old sends out vile abuse and death threats to a campaigning feminist and a female MP using the only power he has. He has the internet and he has his maleness.
The feminist campaigner suffers especially greatly. The pressure of the verbal abuse and threats she receives is traumatic.
The troll goes to jail. Socially inept, reclusive. What “friends” does he make?
He comes out of prison. He now feels he belongs, he has friends… those friends are neo-nazis. Are you surprised? Was it his duty to resist? Is it not our duty to make sure he wasn’t put there to begin with? Are we going to throw him back?
He is now 28. He sends out more vile abuse. Again to a female MP. He is arrested and many are glad.
I am not glad. No-one has been helped here. There is no efficiency in any respect in the process. All that happens is that the status quo is preserved. The materially powerful have their power reinforced. The whole thing not only perpetuates but drives inequality.
His name is John Nimmo. Who cares about this bug?
“White males have all the power”. A million times no. Some white males have most of the power. Being white and male are privileges, great social advantages, but it is only the superficial, the prejudiced, would think those traits outweigh the disadvantages of being a bug, squashable, an “example”, maladjusted, unloveable.