Civitas exploiting mug shots of Moral Monday protestors
Progress NC reports that Civitas is using mug shots of individuals arrested during the Moral Monday protests as a "game" on their website.
Update: I looked at the site more closely - the site also includes information on each protestor that's not available from the arrest records available to the public (name, date of birth, charge). Civitas is offering as a downloadable spreadsheet or searchable database information on the protestors that includes the name of their employer, their voter registration information, address, and affiliation with any groups - data that they would have had to research on each individual through the web or Facebook pages. More details in this comment on James's post about the site.
"This is troubling from a group whose supporters include far right extremists in favor of loose regulation of gun ownership, among other things," says Progress NC and I would agree.
In their "pick a protestor" game you're presented with mugshots and asked to identify if they're umemployed, where they're from, their profession, etc.
It's a not-so-subtle way to intimidate the protestors that have been arrested and dehumanize them. On a more disturbing level, it looks like a way for a gun-nut to memorize faces and build up some anger if they're inclined to go out and do harm.
This is a tactic that's similar to what the NY Police Department used against individuals that were protesting the police department's "stop and frisk" policies last year.
Let's not forget the abortion activists who distributed "wanted" posters for abortion doctors that included addresses and other information.
Or how about similar tactics used against Civil Rights leaders by hate groups like the KKK in the 50s and 60s?
What do you think? Is this Civitas effort a harmless "game"?