Definitely not advocating ignoring it. Advocating for calculated, deliberate responses, in both the short and long term.

Researching tactics for fighting white nationalism has got me thinking about an oil well that has caught fire.

Putting out an oil well that’s on fire is harder than putting out a regular fire, because of the enormous fuel source behind the flame.

Effectively dealing with an oil well fire in the short term involves strategically cutting off its oxygen supply.

Effectively dealing with the problem of oil well fires, in general, involves questioning (and ultimately working to dismantle) why we ever thought it was ok to build an entire society that runs on pumping flammable poison out of the earth in the first place.

Artist and historian. PhD student researching religion, material culture, media, and politics. Bylines at The Wire Magazine, Art in America + more.

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