Four years ago, The New York Times published a fascinating but harrowing news story highlighting a newly found conspiracy theory genre called gang stalking. People who subscribe to it tend to consider every act on the part of people other than them symbolic of systemic hatred in which it can develop into a kind of psychosis. People who subscribe to critical race theory can develop a similar mindset. Where gang stalkers see operatives or agents everywhere, critical race theorists see white supremacists.
United States of Paranoia: They See Gangs of Stalkers
By Mike McPhate, June 10, 2016, The New York Times
Nobody believed him. His family told him to get help. But Timothy Trespas, an out-of-work recording engineer in his early 40s, was sure he was being stalked, and not by just one person, but dozens of them.
He would see the operatives, he said, disguised as ordinary people, lurking around his Midtown Manhattan neighborhood. Sometimes they bumped into him and whispered nonsense into his ear, he said.
“Now you see how it works,” they would say.
At first, Mr. Trespas wondered if it was all in his head. Then he encountered a large community of like-minded people on the internet who call themselves “targeted individuals,” or T.I.s, who described going through precisely the same thing.