Meet The Woman Doxxing Neo-Nazis And White Supremacists

"‘You don’t get to be a Nazi on the weekend."

If 2017 has shown us anything, it's that neo-Nazism is alive and well in America. From the fatal Charlottesville protest to an upsetting increase in hate crimes, those who once kept their anti-Semitic and racist views relatively private appear emboldened.

While the current administration is doing little to combat neo-Nazism, there are private citizens who have taken it upon themselves to expose neo-Nazis. Take, for example, a woman who formerly went by "Fallon" who has spent the last few months attempting to find and stop white supremacists.

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With her superior researching skills and plenty of persistence, Fallon, who told ProPublica that she identifies as an anti-fascist activist, uses tools such as property records, voter registration databases, social platforms, and IRL surveillance to unearth members of the far-right.  Once armed with that information, Fallon then either contacts their employers, religious organizations and/or local communities, and informs them of the person's ties to a white supremacist group.

A demonstrator in Germany in 2009.  rkl_foto / Shutterstock.com

Though revealing this information can put the individual in danger and is in a legal grey area, Fallon sees no harm in doxxing — the act of searching for and publishing private or identifying information about a particular individual on the Internet —neo-Nazis. In fact, she compares releasing the names of neo-Nazis publicly to the registering of sex offenders, explaining to ProPublica, "There's nothing more ethical than doxxing Nazis."

In fact, Fallon believes in her cause so wholeheartedly that she's even trained about 300 other anti-fascists and activists to dox, and how to protect themselves from being doxxed, since the practice goes both ways. "It's nonviolent. It's transparent. It's validated. It's effective," she explained of the controversial practice. "I feel like, for me, if there was one thing that I could say to the alt-right and to fascists it would be: 'You don't get to be a Nazi on the weekend.'"

She added, "If you're a Nazi on Saturday, you're a Nazi all goddamn week."

Fallon was eventually doxxed herself and revealed to be Jessica Nocero, and though she still believes in the practice as a way of outing neo-Nazis, it's worth noting there are other ways to combat hate and hate speech.

For example, though it's not quite the same, a volunteer Facebook group called White Nonsense Roundup helps people of color address hate speech and other problematic comments made on their personal social media accounts. The group seeks to educate and enlighten those using hate speech with "essays, graphics, research, news articles, and personal examples to take apart their arguments."

Cover image via Shutterstock / vectorfusionart.

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