2016-12-02

AT (After Trump): Alt-Right Cannot Be Normalized


In a previous post I wrote the following:

It needs to be made clear in no uncertain terms that:
Alt-right = white supremacism
Alt-right = Islamophobia
Alt-right = antifeminism
Alt-right = homophobia
Alt-right = antisemitism
Alt-right = Neo-Nazism

The main-stream media is not going to do this job it is up to us.

Three days before I wrote that post the Los Angeles published an article on the National Policy Institute's convention which at the very top before any of their own words the posted a video of an interviewer asking the group president richard spencer 

Why do you believe in a white state and how is that different than the KKK?

His response to the question which I will take the liberty to sum up is:  I am raising consciousness, doing interviews, communicating with people with the immediate goal of influencing politics and culture to create a large "state for all Europeans" (read: an all white state). I see this as a long term-strategy something I hope my great grandchildren will enjoy, I believe that Trump will help promote this vision.

You would think that the next followup question, since he didn't answer the first one would have been something like this:

"So to clarify you share the same beliefs as and want the same results as the KKK, you're just willing to wait a little longer?"

But that was not to be, the reporter segued into his next question about Trump allowing spencer to effectively bypass his first answer and continue to normalize and spreading his message of hate and intolerance.

As I mentioned before, not only did they do a bad job reporting they put the video at the top of the page, I wish I was wrong but most people don't even take the time to read the article so what they end up presenting to the general public is a video with this man presenting his message in a nearly unfettered manner directly underneath the banner of the Los Angeles Times.

The article itself has presents facts but also places them next to the assertions from the alt-right with little effort to refute them which blurring the lines between the two.  Only one of the six beliefs that I called out the alt-right for perpetuating (white supremacism) is mentioned at all and it is not attached to the movement at all: 

"Sitting around conference tables, the formally dressed men more resembled Washington lobbyists than the robed Ku Klux Klansmen or skinhead toughs that often represent white supremacists, though they share many familiar views."

"Trump has said he “disavowed” support from white supremacists, but many in the alt-right believe his tough talk on immigrants and Muslims shows that their efforts to preserve a white majority in the United States are ready for a wider audience."

The article then reaches a climax of hypocrisy working to normalize spencer and the alt-right at the end of the article after quoting Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“This is how you sneak these ideas into the mainstream,” she said. “The guys in the suits are the ones we have to worry about.”

This article was brought to my attention because of a video that political comedian Jimmy Dore shared on his show recently and he is speaking to my beliefs as well that the mainstream press is asleep at the switch on the alt-right.


The video focuses on tweets from the Los Angeles Times:


And Mother Jones (since pulled):


So once again to close:

It needs to be made clear in no uncertain terms that:
Alt-right = white supremacism
Alt-right = Islamophobia
Alt-right = antifeminism
Alt-right = homophobia
Alt-right = antisemitism
Alt-right = Neo-Nazism

The main-stream media is not going to do this job it is up to us.

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