Well, being a fur for well over a decade I had seen the good and the bad of the fandom, and more or less tried to stick to myself, and ignore mos things that were happening. Though after deciding to try and go to conventions and finding one nearby (RMFC) then learning it was closed (From a supposed group called the Furry Raiders) I ended up doing some research, and low and behold, the scapegoat of people who don't like the opinions of someone is a group that has a poor reputation really. Though even that required more research which led me to the fact that the Raiders while it is possible to draw lines between some things, the furry fandom spurged out hard on the group. Which if I can't hold to my rather Nationalist, and Traditional values without being ousted anyways, I chose to join a group that at least partially agrees with some of my views, and work with them to show people that you disagree with are not all bad really.
I could smell bullshit. I don't believe in guilt by association. The Nazis don't have a monopoly on red armbands. A hypothetical doesn't count as a threat. And I like it when people try to make little communities, it's a cozy place to go apart from the broader fandom. Besides, I like to go to the places people are avoiding, you can see many exceptional things that way.
I joined so I could get friends in the furry aspect without it being purely for the fur to be in common, now I have transcended to like the digital art to a whole new level and shall forever be addicted to commission more of it.
Partly responsible for me to join was also that I was looking for drama to watch, but it's just a regular chat like any other platforms I have been on, but I was not disappointed, as I get links to many of the drama sites thanks to your great journalistic skills.
I joined the raiders because out of all the chaos happening within the fandom, the raiders were the only ones backing what they said with logic and facts instead of calling everyone else a Nazi that disagreed with them... I also fundamentally believe in what we're trying to accomplish. Diversity, peace, and acceptance. That's what the fandom originally stood for, now I've found it again.
I've been a furry for almost a decade now, but I didn't have much of an online presence because I was preoccupied with stuff in real life (like finishing school, finding a good college, etc.). Now that I'm in my final year of school, I have more free time to just think and enjoy myself. When I realized what a good position I was in in my life, I realized that I could maybe go to a furry convention like I'd always wanted to! So I looked into it...only to find that the convention nearest me had been closed down due to some group called the "Furry Raiders".
I was pretty bummed out. So I did some more research about the group, found a lot of threats had been made against them that caused the security costs to escalate, yadda yadda yadda. The idea of Nazi furries was an odd one to me, so I did some more digging...and some more digging...and EVEN MORE digging. And aside from a lot of mud slinging and namecalling, I couldn't actually find any real indication that this was a group of Nazis.
If any thing, the Raiders actually seemed pretty neat! I mean, a group of friends that expanded from the game they had met in to meet at conventions and have Zootopia screenings? How cool is that? So I joined up, hung out, and ultimately ended up loving it!
I tend to be quiet on the Discord because I can't think of much to say, but everyone has always been incredibly nice and made me feel welcome in the Raiders. I'm really happy to be counted as a member of such a fun group full of so many fine, furry folks! ^_^
After hearing of the untimely death of RMFC, I contacted Foxler to tell him that sympathetic to his situation. I know what it feels like to be in the center of controversy and constantly be called things you are not, and be blamed for things you didn't do. He gave me an invite into the telegram group and I enjoyed my time there, So I decided to go all the way.
I was drama hungry through Rage hound through previous videos and which the furry raider stands out the most. It took me a few other videos about the furry raiders in which it so fuck up when it first came out. So now I am helping this BS SJW shit going around
I joined the raiders for several reasons being self verification of claims thrown against him and I took those into account as well as taking time to study the community which has led to great and intriguing discoveries. With this group I seek change not immediate forced but hopeful peaceful change instead of constant uneeded fighting.