[Ads-l] Loxism

James Landau 00000c13e57d49b8-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Fri Oct 30 12:59:03 UTC 2020

The following is extracted from Fahrenheit 411 (itself an intersesting neologism), which is a mailing list from the Forward newspaper.  The entire article is at https://forward.com/news/457260/fahrenheit-411-loxism-is-not-the-belief-in-lox/
Antisemites are sharing material that promotes “Loxism,” a conspiracy theory that says Jews hate non-Jewish white people, ISD reports. 

Though it takes its name from the Jewish breakfast food, the theory has nothing to do with smoked fish.

One Twitter post described “loxism” as “the reason why Jews planned” perceived social ills like a "low birth rate” for white couples, “porn,” “church of Satan,” and “fluorided drinks.”

One of the most-shared links identified by ISD was a video explaining "loxism," describing theoretical Jewish hatred of non-Jewish white people as "the most pervasive form of racial hatred on the planet.” The loxism video has been viewed more than 3,700 times and has been shared on public Facebook pages and on Instagram under the hashtag #Loxism. One Instagram post claims that Jews “used the blacks and dark skinned people to push their divide and conquer agenda.”

One of the accounts promoting “Loxism” on Twitter is @Know_More_News, which was banned from YouTube earlier this month when the platform cleaned house of QAnon conspiracy theorists.

The concept of “Loxism” first generated chatter on the internet in 2005, during discussions among white supremacists about an op-ed by Thomas L. Friedman, who is Jewish, in The New York Times about the London bombings that July 7.

But search interest peaked in August of 2006, when an antisemitic broadcast discussed the establishment of the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism as the “Yale Center for Loxism.”

The recent spike in “Loxism” content may be motivated by the claim that Jews are behind recent reforms meant to combat hate speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter.

Some antisemites explain their belief in “loxism” by quoting the French enlightenment writer Voltaire, who said “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”
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James Landau
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