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What is the Alt Right?: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Alt Right leader and white nationalist Richard Spencer. (YouTube)

The term “Alt Right” has been under increasing scrutiny since Donald Trump was named president-elect.

What is the Alt Right? The term is shortened from “alternative right,” and it’s associated with white nationalism, leading to a growing chorus of concern because Trump’s new White House strategist, Steve Bannon, is a well-known Alt Right-affiliated Internet provocateur.

The term has been defined as “a loosely organized group that espouses white nationalism” and “emerged as a counterpoint to mainstream conservatism.” Alt Righters – often young white male intellectuals who are wired into social media – have repackaged white supremacy into what they label a white identity movement. Considered racist by those who monitor hate groups, Alt Righters rail against traditional Republicanism, express support for Trump, and trash multiculturalism, political correctness, and globalism.

The Anti Defamation League says the Alt Right pits itself against “establishment” conservatism, writing, “People who identify with the Alt Right regard mainstream or traditional conservatives as weak and impotent, largely because they do not sufficiently support racism and anti-Semitism. ”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Alt Right Is Associated With Anti-Semitism, Masculinity, Opposition to Multiculturalism & White Nationalism

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The Los Angeles Times defines the Alt Right as “a far-right ideology that promotes what many consider to be white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center says the Alt Right blends many ideologies: “At the heart of the Alt-Right is a break with establishment conservatism that favors experimentation with the ideas of the French New Right; libertarian thought as exemplified by former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas); anarcho-capitalism, which advocates individual sovereignty and open markets in place of an organized state; Catholic traditionalism, which seeks a return to Roman Catholicism before the liberalizing reforms of the Second Vatican Council; and other ideologies.”

The Anti-Defamation League defines the Alt Right as “a range of people on the extreme right who reject mainstream conservatism in favor of forms of conservatism that embrace implicit or explicit racism or white supremacy.”

Some in the Alt Right are white nationalists who “want to preserve the white majority in the U.S., claiming that whites losing their majority status is equivalent to ‘white genocide,'” says the Anti-Defamation League.

According to the Anti Defamation League, “a number of Alt Righters are also blatantly anti-Semitic and blame Jews for allegedly promoting anti-white policies such as immigration and diversity.”


2. The Alt Right Grew Out of the Internet Culture

Breitbart, the website affiliated with Alt Right views formerly run by Donald Trump’s White House strategist Steve Bannon, has a page explaining the alt right from its perspective. Alt Righters deny they are racist. “The alt-right is a movement born out of the youthful, subversive, underground edges of the internet. 4chan and 8chan are hubs of alt-right activity,” wrote Breitbart.

However, even the article acknowledges that a group known as the “1488” exist within the Alt Right circles, saying it’s a “reference to two well-known Neo Nazi slogans,” adding that others in the Alt Right movement don’t like this group. The article continues, “The current consensus offers, at best, mild condemnation of identity politics on the Left, and zero tolerance for identity politics on the right.”

Because of its origins in Internet culture, memes are important in Alt Right circles.

The Alt Right’s adherents also unite over opposition to political correctness. Mother Jones said adherents tend to be young white males who rail against “traditional movement conservatism,” especially on immigration and globalism.

The Alt Right’s numbers are not known, but some Alt Righters on Twitter have used the medium to harass people of Jewish descent, said CBS.


3. Some Groups Classify the Alt Right as a Loosely Organized Hate Group & The Alt Right Has Its Own Code Words

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US President-elect Donald Trump has supporters among the Alt Right. (Getty)

The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the Alt Right as “a set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”

The SPLC says the Alt Right is “characterized by heavy use of social media and online memes, Alt-Righters eschew ‘establishment’ conservatism, skew young, and embrace white ethno-nationalism as a fundamental value.”

Alt Righters are known for using euphemisms or code words to make the accusations of racism tougher.

The Anti-Defamation League says the Alt Right likes “to try to use terms such as ‘culture’ as substitutes for more lightning rod terms such as ‘race,’ or promote ‘Western Civilization’ as a code word for white culture or identity.”

Alt Right circles have popularized their own vocabulary. For example, they use the word “cuckservative,” to refer to, in their minds, cuckolded conservatives who “pro­mote the inter­ests of Jews and non-whites over those of whites.”

The Alt Right split with mainstream Republicanism starting with President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, and they are also “suspicious of free markets” because they are most concerned with “cultural preservation and homogeneity,” NPR said.

Trump earned controversy when he retweeted a Star of David, which originated on Alt Right websites.


4. Trump’s New White House Adviser is a Member of the Alt Right & the Alt Right Has Embraced Trump

Trump campaign CEO and former executive chairman of Breitbart News Steve Bannon arrives for the Wisconsin rally. (Getty)

Trump campaign CEO and former executive chairman of Breitbart News Steve Bannon arrives for a Wisconsin rally. (Getty)

The Los Angeles Times says former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon was quoted as saying he turned the website into “go-to platform of the alt-right.” Trump has elevated Bannon to a key position as White House strategist. According to Mother Jones, Bannon said of Breitbart in July, “We’re the platform for the alt-right.” The Bannon appointment has been hotly criticized as bringing racism into the White House.

The Alt Right has embraced Trump’s candidacy, and Hillary Clinton attempted to connect Trump to the Alt Right movement during the campaign. Glenn Beck called the movement “terrifying” and said Bannon gave a voice to it at Breitbart. Those who once worked at Breitbart said its founder had despised racism, but Bannon moved the site more toward the Alt Right after taking it over, said Mother Jones.

Richard Spencer, the founder of the Alt Right name, applauded Trump’s election, telling The Dallas Morning News that his election “is the first step, the first stage towards identity politics for white people.” The newspaper said Alt Right members regard Trump as an “alt-right hero.”

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5. Twitter Banned Several Alt Right Figures After the Election

Twitter, after announcing it was cracking down on hate speech, banned several Alt Right figures from its site. Among them: Spencer, “who runs an alt-right think tank” and “has said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews removed from the U.S.,” according to USA Today. Spencer posted a YouTube response, criticizing the move as “corporate Stalinism.”

Spencer told the Dallas Morning News that he sees himself as an “identitarian” or “white nationalist” but doesn’t consider himself a “white supremacist.” The newspaper stated, “He envisions a white ethno-state utopia, devoid of black people, Muslims, Jews, Asians or anyone else without a common European heritage and culture.”

According to SPLC, Spencer created the term Alt Right in 2008 “to describe a loose set of far-right ideals centered on ‘white identity’ and the preservation of ‘Western civilization.'” NPR said others suspended include “Pax Dickinson, former chief technology officer of Business Insider, and Ricky Vaughn.”

Twitter had previously banned Alt Right Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos after actress Leslie Jones was targeted with harassment on Twitter.

NPR said Twitter also banned Spencer’s “magazine Radix Journal; an associated account, @_AltRight_; and his Virginia-based think tank called the National Policy Institute.”

The National Policy Institute’s website describes it as “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”

The NPI website says, “The term ‘Alt Right’ burst onto the political scene in 2015 with the campaign of Donald Trump. This past summer, it became the subject of a major speech by Hillary Clinton. The Alt Right has been praised as ‘fearsomely intelligent’ and ‘represent[ing] the first new philosophical competitor to liberalism, broadly defined, since the fall of Communism.'” The site claims the Alt Right “has also been the victim of attacks, misinformation, and even outright censorship by putative defenders of ‘free speech.’”

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9 comments

  1. I think you should seek psychiatric help, for your neurotic and fearful delusions. As a Mexican American woman, I understand what racism, xenophobia and sexism is, and I see a bunch of neurotic people, calling themselves liberal; then acting racist, xenophobic, and even sexist towards white people. If it was any other race, it would be unacceptable, but apparently there is a double standard, so it’s okay to expect one thing for every other race, religion or ethnicity; however, when it comes to whitey, we can treat them worse than any other demographic, cause they deserve it, right? Sorry, but that’s racist. It’s no wonder this stuff is happening, within their culture, because it has happened with every other threatened demographic. So why is whitey, being called racist, sexist, xenophobes , if they try to stand up for their demographic, that is literally being oppressed, by hate groups, orbpolitical entities, that need the constituency of a specific ethnic groupe? I’ll tell you why, racism, hate and xenophobia. That is the true answer, and some call it reverse racism; however, it’s all the same, and it appears the leftists, prefer to hide their bigotry, under a subversive cloak of liberalism, that in all truth, can only be defined as the subversive works of fascism. Regardless of nationally or ethnicity, you will always find extreme views, because that is the nature of all people; however, be wary of the far left, because all throughout history, the left have been fighting against the right, because the right wanted to free the slaves, and the right fought for equal rights. That’s right, the constitution declares equal rights for all people, and equal rights, are not special rights. Even though every person wants to be special, the constitution only says we have equal rights, so you will have know, each person is special, granted by the same entity, that guarantees in our Constitution we are equal. Anyone who wants to rise above that, has a clinical description, and it’s called narcissistic. If the constitution isn’t enough for your ego, get some psychological help, because there are many psychiatrist, that can help you.

  2. these pig skin devilish neadrethal albino knuckle drag ape are afraid of the black god our time is almost here you white will be our slave for all eternal!!!!!

    • No,your record on being owned is working against you. Call us names while you still can. And tell your wonderful black god that Haiti is a crap shoot.

    • Heheheh….Name one accomplishment that served the African land dwellers in a financially positive manner. (Jeopardy music*)
      Let me. Your headhunting tribe leader’s love for shiny worthless rocks in trade for your ancestors hides to be loaded on a boat by the hundreds.
      How’d that work out for you?

  3. If we have reached the point where opposition to ideas gets to define the opposition, allow me to play. “Progressives”, unhinged, violent, sexually perverted activists that became emboldened by the years of the Obama presidency. This movement had its beginning during the early nineteenth century, resulting in some of the greatest genocides in human history, It is simply founded on the principle that there is no God, and that each person is to act as their own god. After the complete collapse of Communism and lesser Socialist powers, Progressivism grew as a new and improved version of the failed principles of militant social change based on the idealism of self gratification and abandonment of any historical truths or scientific principals. It attracts self destructive, disloyal and anti-social semi-educated persons that identify as victims to the degree of denying their own biological sex and ethnicity in order to participate in the fantasy of how perfect the world would become if everyone had the same desires and opinions as them, which are never unique, enabling or productive to the human race.

  4. As stated in the comment below by the gentleman from Taiwan; preventing whites from becoming a minority within our own country is not racism. We have a right to preserve the country and customs our ancestors built, just as any nation reserves that right. I believe that all humans regardless of race/ethnicity deserve the right to happiness and prosperity, however I do not believe refugees and illegal aliens are entitled to dominating Western society while we allow ourselves to be brainwashed into complacency. Wake up, white people. Our ancestors established Western society. It is our responsibility to have pride in our heritage and recognise that there is no shame or guilt in standing up for what is rightfully ours.

    • Really. Well I remember the Moors. Moorish Empire. Well they were called Black a Moors first. After fighting for years and put in slavery they were stripped of their identity. This land has not been as it used to be. The Moors were here over 10000 years. They lived in peace. Even in Spain. If they leave as they did in Spain history will repeat itself.

  5. After decades of openly bashing whitey, whitey has had enough. And the political left or right will not stop this pass due revolution. Did people think whites would put up with pc culture forever. Im all for it!