JEFF CHARLES

Here at Liberty Nation, we often publish news that the rest of the media ignores. Sometimes this means calling out various groups for different reasons – especially when the truth needs to be exposed. We have published articles critical of the Democratic Party, the establishment media, PETA, Black Lives Matter, and several others. Occasionally, one will grace us with a reply. Such was the case with Sleeping Giants.

Previously, I wrote an article about a group called Sleeping Giants. The piece detailed the group’s targeting of conservative sites – primarily Breitbart News. They have launched a Twitter campaign that focuses on companies that advertise on the conservative news site. The founders of the group stated their purpose in an interview:

Sleeping Giants was started on the heels of the 2016 election. It became immediately clear to us that the proliferation of racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic and anti-Semitic news was significant. To many of us, it seemed that overnight, fake and inflammatory “news” sources were everywhere. Investigating who was responsible for paying for these articles, we found that advertisers were, in fact, plentiful.

On their Twitter page, their bio says that they “are trying to stop racist and sexist media by stopping its ad dollars.” To accomplish this objective, they have decided to reach out to companies who advertise on Breitbart and tell them that the site promotes bigotry. In my piece, I wrote:

Racist? Sexist? Xenophobic? Anti-semitic? Conservatives should be familiar with these words — the left has been labeling us with these monikers for years. Sleeping Giants targets companies who run their ads on Breitbart News and other conservative websites. They use social media to tell these companies that their affiliates promote bigotry and hate.

In other words, they lie.

After Liberty Nation ran the piece, I shared it on Twitter, mentioning the group in my tweet. They responded:

Naturally, I had to accept their challenge. After telling Sleeping Giants that I would love to debate them, they gave their first argument. They stated that what they were doing was about the free market, and implied that I was saying advertisers should not be able to spend their money as they see fit. Of course, I said no such thing. I simply took issue with the fact that they deceive these organizations into pulling their funding from the Breitbart News by making untrue statements about the site.

In their first tweet, Sleeping Giants claimed not to be a leftist group. When asked if they target leftist groups, they said they “are focused on sites featuring derogatory content about minorities, the gay community, women & religious groups.” Of course, this raised another question – do they target websites that promote racism against whites? In answer, Sleeping Giants informed me that they go after sites that attack “generally minority and disadvantaged groups. Especially when a site focuses their efforts on all of them at once.”

Claiming to fight bigotry while ignoring the hate directed at whites or Christians is how the left approaches the issues. Perhaps Sleeping Giants is not a leftist group after all – though it is certainly acting like one. If a person or entity wishes to fight bigotry, they must be willing to focus on all forms of hate – not just the trendy ones or those in line with their political beliefs.

Later in the conversation, Sleeping Giants challenged me to provide headlines from leftist publications that promote anti-white racism. I gladly obliged. Here are some of the headlines I sent:

Buzzfeed: “White Women Drive Me Crazy”

Salon: “White people are more racist than they realize”

Every Day Feminisim: “Healing From Toxic Whiteness”

Anti-white racism is a staple of the social justice movement. There are plenty of leftist media outlets that advocate bigoted attitudes against whites and Christians. Sleeping Giants and I did not discuss anti-Christian bigotry, but it is a persistent issue on the left.

As the debate wound down, I expressed my doubts that Sleeping Giants would ever target a leftist website in the way they have gone after Breitbart News. The organization responded with “You never know friend. Don’t make assumptions.” Fair enough. I let them know that if they prove me wrong in the future, I will gladly acknowledge it. We both recognized that bigotry is wrong regardless of whether it is on the right or the left.

While I do not agree with Sleeping Giants’ approach, I must note that our debate was a respectful discussion. Sleeping Giants took issue with my article, but at no time did they resort to name calling. It was an example of how political discourse should be. Reasonable people should be able to disagree on the issues without vilifying the other side. It would be nice to see more – both on the left and on the right –follow suit. Who knows? Perhaps we could eventually return some sense of normalcy to the conversation.

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Jeff Charles

Race Relations & Media Affairs Correspondent at LibertyNation.com

A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff's insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.