I’m starting with the so-called leadership, the big shots. These are the people who set the tone for the whole project.
This is User:Newyorkbrad. The Wall Street Journal calls him “the informal chief justice” and refers to the arbcom as “his court”.
Fuck offArchive request as withdrawn. Newyorkbrad (talk) 14:27, 30 October 2013 (UTC) [diff]
- …I would prefer not to need a weeks-long case focused on a series of questions like “when is or isn’t it proper to tell another editor to ‘fuck off’?”… Newyorkbrad (talk) 19:13, 23 October 2017 (UTC) [diff]
And oh, he’s not ‘actually’ saying the word, at least in the second one, he’s just talking about the word, see how this works? And the first one is a “joke”, ha ha. It’s like instead of displaying nooses, which would be unacceptable, we just talk about lynching, or try to pass it off as irony. Over and over.
The ones who are using this language are able to use it because they are not in the demographic who is impacted by it. Others see how they are able to do this with impunity, and add their voices to the choir. The ones who are impacted will get the dog whistle message, loud and clear.