Becoming a member of a private mobile group chat for white supremacist teenagers was surprisingly easy. No, all I had to do to join up was create an account on Kik, the mobile messaging service that boasts more than 200 million users, as many humans as there are in Brazil. Me: Maryland Pa: Alright I'm from Ireland I'll add you in so, Me: Oh cool, thanks pa Pa: Alright then With that, I was free to observe "White Pride World Wide," where every day 50 mostly anonymous teenage users, 50 mostly anonymous users claiming to be teenagers, or most likely some combination thereof, gather in a rolling discussion of the imperiled future of the white race, the nefarious influence of immigrants and hot-blooded interlopers dating back to Romans in Celtic Ireland, and the dangers posed by Jewish control of contemporary culture. I didn't need to recite any Aryan pride credos, disparage any minorities, or even divulge my identity — which is probably a good thing, since I'm a 30-year-old reporter with a last name that isn't fooling anybody. Me: I don't really go to church or anything Pa: So you'd be Christian,sort of like me tho Don't bother going to mass Kind of person Me: Yeah sounds about right Pa: Where are you from?placed the video in the context of a current issue about refugees from Syria fleeing to western European countries, insinuating that the events depicted in the clip involved (Muslim) individuals who had recently sought asylum as part of that influx and then had the temerity to attempt to impose their moral standards on the (non-Muslim) citizens of their new home countries: A shocking video is spreading across the Internet, as the refugee crisis continues to surge with Muslim men flooding into Europe from the Middle East.Video of the incident was uploaded to Facebook after taking place in Rotterdam, Netherlands.4Q: F*** You AF: As F*** DAFUQ: What the F*** AFU: All F***ed Up Welfie: A workout selfie.gotta dip: I’ve got to leave werubn: where have you been?DFTBA: Don’t Forget To Be Awesome Nsfw: not safe for work (post will include nudity, etc.) Pron: porn thinspro, #secretsociety123 & #ana: anorexia lmirl: let’s meet in real life 420: marijuana CU46: see you soon for sex YRIK: Yeah, Right, I Know; “I’m in agreement with you.” YOLO: You Only Live Once. Screepy: A blend of “Scary” and “Creepy.” BRB: Be Right Back SMH: Shaking My Head POD: Passed out Drunk 4YEO: For Your Eyes Only (a sexting term).
More Terms that You Need to Know: TBH: To Be Honest HDM: Honest Direct Message Sorry Not Sorry (SNS): I meant what I said F/U: Follow Up 2d4: To die for 511: Too Much Information 9: Parent is watching 99: Parent is no longer watching CD9: Code 9; parents around PLUR: Peace, Love, Unity, Respect SNL: Same Night Lay or Slang for a one night stand Youie: a selfie of another person Belfie: A butt selfie.JBH: Just Being Honest LBH: Let’s Be Honest or Loser Back Home TBBH: To Be Brutally Honest SMEXI: Smart and Sexy IMO: In My Opinion GOMB: Get Off My Back KOTL: Kiss On The Lips KOS: Kill On Sight.This is a term that originated with online war games such as World of Warcraft.That document trotted out tried and true, even hoary, tropes of American white supremacism; with the exception of a few mentions of the internet, much of it could have been written at any point since the end of Jim Crow.And while that could well turn out to be the extent of his online communication, my time in WPWW convinced me that our picture of the white supremacist internet is strikingly outdated, incomplete.