“Alt-right” is a term white nationalists and white supremacists use to obscure their overtly racist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic and misogynist agenda.
Too many media outlets are using the term without definition or context — and these omissions help normalize extremist groups and create an environment where increased levels of dehumanization, harassment and violence against Muslims, immigrants, people of color, women and LGBTQI folks become daily occurrences.
The Associated Press just released standards for reporting on the “alt-right” — urging the media to stop using the term without context.1 All news outlets should follow the AP’s recommendation to “avoid using the term generically and without definition … because it is not well known and … may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience.”
People’s lives are at risk as members of the incoming Trump administration call for mass deportation of undocumented people, a ban on Muslims entering the country,2 and suppression of the Black vote.3According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there were 701 reported incidents of hateful harassment in the 10 days following the election.4 These incidents can’t be separated from Trump’s hateful platform or the agenda of the so-called “alt-right.”5
Thanks for all that you do—
The Free Press team
P.S. Urge the media to stop using the term “alt-right” without context. News outlets should call out racism, white nationalism, neo-Nazism, white supremacy and misogyny for what they are.
You know a lot a shit transpired over that century and a half, a lot indeed. Science done figgered out that them “darkies” is just as smart as you and yours, more so if you neglect your own intellectual development. And who’s fault is that? Surely not the Mexicans, the blacks or the Lithuanians. God them Lithuanians are takin’ over everything. Where was I?
Oh yeah: inbreeding. Perhaps not the literal kind, but the intellectual, stunted inbreeding of those who cling to antiquated, outdated and frankly immoral concepts of racial superiority, these are an embarrassment to the nation, frankly. Not much different than radical Islamic ISIS types: they just have different irrational biases. That’s all. Swap one set of crazy beliefs for another, add violence, stir.
And this stirring has got to stop. Take a look at what you’re trying to get the rest of us to accept. More Americans died in that not so Civil War than in any other conflict, including WW2. It’s 2015, and your 16th century paradigm just doesn’t fly anymore. Slavery bit the dust, as well it should. No amount of ugly–and it is fucking butt ugly–ranting and raving about the Confederacy is going to change that. Move on, Bubba, Jethro, whatever the fuck you call yourself. There’s a new world to study and to understand. We ain’t gonna rehash the one from 150 years ago. That’s just too stupid to even argue about.
The world changed, and you need to change with it.
Yay for ignorant racism.
“We’re more Nazi than the Nazis.”
Lengthy podcast interview here.
“…he put on the Klan uniform. He got on the horse. He rode hard to black subjugation. As I’m writing this — and he rode hard, and I’m sure the Klan hood was moving all over his head as he was riding and he was riding blind — I’m thinking, wow. That probably was the case. How come no one’s ever thought of that before? Five years later, I’m writing the scene and all of a sudden it comes out.
One of my American Western heroes is not John Ford, obviously. To say the least, I hate him. Forget about faceless Indians he killed like zombies. It really is people like that that kept alive this idea of Anglo-Saxon humanity compared to everybody else’s humanity — and the idea that that’s hogwash is a very new idea in relative terms. And you can see it in the cinema in the ’30s and ’40s — it’s still there. And even in the ’50s.”