A relatively unknown Canadian internet troll of East Indian descent named Annand Virk, who trolls under the moniker Bunty King, was banned from Twitter this week.
Virk who acts as a mascot for white supremacists groups, tries to build his online reputation by harassing Black people on twitter while defending white supremacy. This tactic is usually an attempt to gain clicks and support from online racists.
It’s very common for white supremacists to get a non-white collaboration to spew their ideology so that they can shield themselves from claims of racism.
It’s been a long part of East Indian culture to collaborate with white supremacists against African people. Historically, one of the world’s first skin tone caste systems originated in India. When the British colonized India, that caste system became more embedded into the national psyche of India.
People like Mahatma Gandhi was a blatant racist who displayed vitriol against Black people, and his anti-Black views are very well documented.
In modern times, there are white supremacist think tanks that prop up East Indian collaborators like Dinesh D’Souza who built a career writing books that justify anti-Black racism.
Virk is part of a growing crowd of non-white YouTube trolls who set up donation pages to receive payments from white supremacists for regurgitating racist talking points. After “Bunty King” was suspended from twitter for his racial harassment of Black twitter users, several of his anti-Black supporters tried to come to his rescue.
One in particular was one of Virk’s fellow Asian supporters of white supremacy, a writer named Ian Miles Cheong. Cheong, who was allegedly exposed as being a nazi supporter, despite the fact that he is non-white, is part of a growing segment of Asians who collaborate with Alt-Right members and other white supremacist groups.
Ian Miles Cheong wrote an article supporting the racial antagonism of Annand Virk on the suspected white supremacist website Heat Street. The Heat Street website is flooded with dozens of anti-Black articles (usually under the ruse of referring to Black people as “Black Lives Matter”, so that the criticism will appear to be political instead of racial). Heat Street had to even issue an apology at one point for Ian Miles Cheong writing an article defending white supremacy.
With all of the anti-Black racial terrorism happening in our society, we cannot take these racial antagonists and white supremacy collaborators lightly. And we should stay on alert whenever we encounter these people who try to hide their agenda behind trolling behavior. Because that is usually a deflection tactic to get victims of white supremacy to dismiss them.
Here is a video example of some of Bunty King’s anti Black rhetoric: