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Alt Right Movement.

December 8, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Opinion, Politics, Weekly Columns

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( The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States has done a lot for America, and I don’t mean that in a good way. He has brought out the ugliest, most bigoted and racist ideals that have been deep seeded for decades. Of the many disturbing things that have happened since he won the election, the emergence of the alt-right “movement” into the mainstream media is one of the most detrimental.

They want us to believe that they aren’t white nationalists/ supremacists and they think that giving themselves an ambiguous name rebrands their damaging ideals. But we have to call things for what they are. The alt-right is a group of extremists who want a white America and will stop at nothing to get it. The fact that they 22altrighthave the president elect in their corner doesn’t bode well for the rest of us. He has become their greatest enabler and we have to call their hate spewing, superiority complex what it is- neo Nazism. It is dangerous and it is real.

The term “alt- right” may be new to some people but it’s not for those who follow the effects of racism in America. We are very well aware of the misfortune of their presence. USA Today and other sources define it as “a movement that bucks mainstream conservatism” but the people who lead and are apart of this group do more than just disagree with the right. Their rebranding of white nationalism via perfectly crafted non-threatening descriptions can’t cover their true intentions. Furthermore, the fact that they look to Hitler as a prototype of leadership is disheartening. They are still the people who want to rid America of anyone and thing that’s not white. America was never white. Their agenda echoes the doctrine of Nazi Germany and is a threat to the national security of marginalized Americans.

Their boldness shows the shift in how racists now conduct themselves. No more hiding. They are doing, out in front for all to see. The empowerment Trump has given them is taking us back to the most horrific moments of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. How do we proceed?

As Americans, we must remain vigilant and call things for what they are. We have to protect ourselves. A part of that means not giving people who have questionable (racist) behaviors the benefit of the doubt. We cannot afford to take our eyes off of what’s happening because once Trump is president, I believe the instances of hate and violence will increase even more than we’ve seen. We have to brace our families for the impact of that reality.

I know that it is a lot easier for some people to just turn their heads to what’s going on around us because it hurts too much. But doing that has gotten us nowhere. We must ward off the dangers of the alt-right with action. And when it comes down to it, it is up to each of us to determine what the appropriate action is as individuals who want to make it through these next for years.

Staff Writer; Rasheda Abdullah

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