There’s an old meme on 4chan’s /pol/ board based on the premise that only white people are capable of drinking milk. The meme stipulates that drinking milk is a white-only activity and that people of other races, simply cannot drink milk. The fact that this meme exists is not at all surprising, image boards like 4chan are home to some of the most offensive and racially stereotypical jokes. This milk joke exists on the same level as jokes that, for example, suggest that black people don’t have fathers or that Muslims (“kebabs”, as /pol/ would call them”), are all terrorists.
Nobody actually takes these memes literally. Just as nobody thinks every black person on the planet is fatherless, or every Muslim on the planet is a terrorists, nobody on 4chan actually believes that the ability to drink milk in genetic. Its just ironic meme shitposting.
So imagine my surprise when I came across an article from Mic titled “Milk is the new, Creamy symbol of white racial purity in Donald Trump’s America“. The writer of the article, Jack Smith IV, argues that white nationalists have co opted milk and turned it into an alt-right symbol. The writer makes some nonsensical connection between milk and the movie “Inglorious Basterds”.
Inglorious Basterds is a movie about officer Lt. Aldo Raine (Played by Brad Pitt) who assembles a team of Jewish soldiers to commit violent acts of retribution against the Nazis, including the taking of their scalps. Apparently Christoph Waltz, one of the Nazi characters in the movie, drank milk in one of the scenes and that somehow makes milk a Nazi symbol…. or something.
The writer notes that during Shia Lebeouf’s art project which was later infiltrated by 4chan trolls, some 4channers told a reporter that they were there to protest a “vegan agenda”. He stipulates that the reason the alt-right is obsessed with milk is probably because they are all vegans (LOL). He also thinks “vegan agenda” may be some kind of code word for “Jewish agenda”. He’s not sure though….
When the brigade of trolls at the LaBeouf installation were accused on camera of racism by Paperboy Prince, a famous Washington Wizards fan and entertainer who has since become a top target of 4chan derision, they claimed it was actually a stance against the “vegan agenda.”
Judging from the eugenicist rhetoric across online hate speech communities like 4chan and 8chan, it appears that the “vegan agenda” is a potential proxy term for conspiracy theories about a globalist Jewish agenda. But given the sheer mass of alt-right accounts spewing out calls of “Down with the vegan agenda,” it could refer to any number of right-wing targets.
The whole milk-chugging, anti-vegan narrative is complicated by a number of factors, not least of which being that Adolf Hitler was possibly vegetarian for a short time, or that there are many places in Africa where milk is a dietary staple.
Must be a slow news day over at Mic.
If Jack thinks milk is a racist symbol because someone claiming to be a white nationalist drank milk, then I have some news for him. Here’s something else that white nationalists also do:
- Breathe oxygen.
You wouldn’t want to be a racist, would you, Jack?