Reality Check w/ John Tracy: What is the ‘alt-right’ movement?
I don’t know about you, but I had never heard of the “so-called alt-right” movement until the last election. But it’s getting a lot of attention these days, so I’ll share what I’ve learned with you.
“Alt-right” is shorthand for “alternative right.”
The president of the National Policy Institute, 38-year-old Richard Spencer, describes it as a radical conservative movement defined by white nationalism and a fervent resistance to multiculturalism.
That’s code, by the way.
To be clear, Spencer says he wants an awakening of identity politics — specifically white identity politics — with the end goal being a white ethno state that is a safe place for those of European ancestry.
Those are his words, not mine.
To suggest that white identity is somehow under threat in this country takes a lot of chutzpah, though members of the “alt-right” wouldn’t use that term because they tend to view Jews with the same disdain they hold for people of color and immigrants.
They’re not racists, they say. They prefer the term “biodiverse.”
They also view traditional Republicans as sellouts.
It would be easy to dismiss the “alt-right,” except they now believe they have a conduit to the White House.
Steve Bannon has been named chief strategist to the Trump Administration.
Bannon used the Breitbart website and his radio show to fan the flames of the “so called alt-right” movement, while personally rejecting the racist and anti-semitic rhetoric he was facilitating.
“Alt-right” leader Spencer recently said he doesn’t view Bannon as a member of the movement. And President-elect Trump has denounced the group, but Spencer says Trump’s election has given him hope.
So much so, that after years of lurking in the dark recesses of the internet, the “alt-right” is going mainstream and setting up shop in Washington, D.C.
If you’re white, it’s easy to ignore the “alt-right.” But if you’re a person of color, an immigrant or non-Christian, you have every reason to be concerned about white boys gone wild.
What I’ve learned is there’s really nothing new here. The “alt-right” has really been around a long time. They’re just a little harder to recognize these days without the white sheets and hoods.
John’s opinions are his own, and not necessarily those of Denali Media or its employees.
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