Virtue Signalers Swoop Down on Baraboo, WI

Virtue Signalers Swoop Down on Baraboo, WI

Virtue Signalers Swoop Down on Baraboo, WI

There are Nazis in Baraboo, WI, according to social media virtue signalers. After all, there’s a picture floating around the internet of Baraboo High School boys performing a Nazi Sieg Heil salute. And you know that if it’s on the internet, it’s got to be true.

In May, a photographer took a picture of 60 high school boys from Baraboo High on the town’s court house steps prior to their prom. Small town kids taking a picture before the big dance — nothing to see here. Happens all across America every spring.

Then someone from a parody Twitter account called @GoBaraboo pulled the image off the photographer’s website and posted it with the caption “We even got the black kid to throw it up. #BarabooProud.”

Enter Jules Suzdaltsev, a blue check contributor to Vice and The Young Turks, who posted it on his Twitter feed. Suddenly the picture went viral.

And here come the virtue signalers! Damn, there’s Nazis in Wisconsin — we must root them out and save the Republic!

No, no, no, said the photographer, Peter Gust. It’s not a Nazi salute; he asked the boys to wave to their parents:

“I didn’t tell them to salute anything. There was none of that that was taken at that point in time that it was a salute of any kind. It was waving goodbye to their parents (and) having a good time. High five.”

But that’s not what the boy in the upper right corner recalled. Jordan Blue, a student who didn’t put his hand up, said he felt “upset, unsafe, disappointed, and scared.”

“I felt unsafe because I go to school with them, I don’t believe in what they represented and the symbol they shared … they knew it was wrong, but they still did it.”

Even the national media got in on the outrage and went into their best pearl-clutching mode. Moreover, they tried to turn Jordan Blue into a modern-day August Landmesser. 

Now I ask you — if Jordan Blue is such a profile in courage, then why didn’t he tell school officials six months ago?? Never mind, virtue signalers across America are on a roll.

And now the hits just keep on coming for poor Baraboo, WI.

Twitter users claiming to be Baraboo students tweeted to Jules Suzdaltsev about rampant hatred in the high school. A blogger wrote an article entitled, “I went to Baraboo High School and I’m Not Surprised By the Nazi Salute Photo.” Why? Because Baraboo is “Like many suburban or rural Midwest communities, it is also mostly white and Christian. . . ”

Oh, yes. Those knuckle-dragging Midwesterners, every one an evil Christian. And they’re white too — come to think of it, they’re also from Wisconsin. Aren’t they all German or Nordic up there?

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Even Snopes got in on the act, citing as “true” the claim that students were “performing the Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute.”

Meanwhile, the Baraboo School District has gone into damage control, issuing a groveling apology for the “hateful, frightening, and disappointing images.”

“We are so very sorry that the actions of some of our students so understandably and deeply hurt people around the world. . . .”

Never mind that the photographer has denied it. Or that the accusations on the internet are hearsay and not backed up by hard evidence. After all, anyone with an axe to grind can say anything on the internet, and virtue signalers will jump on it.

But the boys are white, the town is small and Christian, and therefore they must be guilty. In fact, Baraboo itself must also be at fault for unchecked bigotry because that’s the way they roll up there.

Now I don’t know if some of those boys were being smart-alecks and making the Nazi salute. Perhaps some of them were, and if so, they certainly deserve criticism — at the local level, not on a hyped-up national platform. But teenage boys acting stupid — gee, let me show you my shocked face.

Frankly, if that’s the case, I find it hard to believe that no one ratted them out before now. Nor do I think it’s credible that a photographer would promote a Nazi salute on his website. So I’m rather doubting there’s a revival of the Hitler Youth in bucolic Wisconsin.

But where does photographer Peter Gust go to get his good name back? What about the boys in the picture who are waving to mom, but now are being called Nazis? How do they clear their names?

Shame on the virtue signalers. They don’t care whom they destroy, as long as they can feel superior to those they despise. Their goal, after all, is not to right a wrong, but to show that they’re morally better than you. Moreover, they never, ever forgive. And when Baraboo dies down, they’ll move on, like a horde of locusts, to some other poor schlub who’s ripe for their condemnation.


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  • Andrew Wood says:

    There is a small sign in the center overlapping the top row of students that I can’t quite make out. It says in blue NOTICE and under that ONLY. Anyone have a better image?

  • Wfjag says:

    So Jules Suzdaltsev is such an expert in matters Aryan he knows when someone is making a “Sig Heil” salute? I’d never heard of “Sig Heil” before. Is he referring to the kid in the middle who’s got two fingers up making (possibly) a Peace Sign? Or, maybe it’s the kid in the front row whose got his hand turned around and looks to be doing a Backwards Vulcan Live Long And Prosper sign. And, there’s all the boys with closed fists, doing the Wheatboy Black Power sign. Is the “Sig Heil” salute? Or, should I conclude, Jules, that your Tweet is another example of what Monty Python used to refer to: The Twit and a half?

    Thanks Jules. In 2020 Wisconsin is supposed to be a swing state. You’ve probably just ensured that 3 dozen or so boys, and their families, and girlfriends (current and those in 2020) and their families, and those kids’ friends, will cast their first Presidential Election votes for Trump. SJWs’ cyber bullying tends to have that effect.

  • Bobb says:

    You, and other commenters, omit that Baraboo and its county are Democrat strongholds. Both voted over 55% Democrat in last week’s election. The county has voted for the Democrats for President in every election since 1992, except Trump got a slight plurality of the vote in 2016.

  • Bill Dumanch says:

    I recently had to “divorce” my Wisconsin SJW’s of family over attitudes like the young man interviewed. Wondering how long until Free-Range dairy is a thing…

  • DEEBEE says:

    I bet these are the boys that attacked Balsey Ford and put alcohol in the punch bowl that Sweatnick saw and OF COURSE gang raped just before this picture was taken. And they feel encouraged for the last two years by the Orange man

  • GWB says:

    Their goal, after all, is not to right a wrong, but to show that they’re morally better than you, and thereby gain power over you.

  • Mark says:

    To convince us–and themselves–of the righteousness of their mission, the Left takes a page from Professor Harold Hill and finds something–and someONE to paint as a devil. The human cost doesn’t matter; conservatives are at most sub-human troglodytes, untermenschen who must be humanely ruled by the enlightened Left.

    Again, they do what they blame on others.

    Chesterton wrote that idolatry consists not only in setting up false gods but in setting up false devils.

  • mr burns says:

    So many of those pictured seem to be sieg heiling incorrectly. Another failing of public education no doubt.

  • Baraboo, a town of 12,000 people, is also home to:

    The Aldo Leopold Foundation
    The International Crane Society
    The American Ukrainian Youth Summer Camp

    I’ve stopped there for coffee, it’s a very nice little town. Somewhat by accident I’ve met and talked with people closely associated with all three of the above organizations, and they’ve all told me it’s a great place. One would would have to be a real lunatic to suppose Baraboo is a hotbed of Nazism, and a real hate-monger to spread such a rumor on the basis of such ridiculous “evidence.” But then, this *is* today’s left — hate-mongering lunatics.

  • Howard Hirsch says:

    Those are so obviously waving hands. A real Nazi sieg heil salute would have all of them uniformly pointing in the same position.

    But then this is just a distraction. After all, there are REAL Nazis everywhere:

  • Kevin says:

    Has any enterprising reporter bothered to ask Jordon Blue if his parent(s) were in the audience for the photo shoot…?

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