Does the progressive left have a bigotry problem? | The Tylt

Does the progressive left have a bigotry problem?

Does the left have a dark side? While many progressives scoff at the very idea that an "alt-left" exists, James Wolcott argues that the unsavory fringe of today's far left "provides a mirror image" of the alt-right's racist, male-centered populism—down to its harassment of women and people of color. But leftist progressives insist "alt-left" is a just a slur devised by neoliberal Democrat centrists, and say there's zero equivalence between the Young Turks and Breitbart. What do you think?

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Many think the whole concept of an "alt-left" is manufactured to smear progressives, who strongly resent being made analogous to white supremacists.

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But others insist the divisions between the Clinton and Sanders supporters have just gotten uglier since the election, and many women and people of color say their worst harassment comes not from the right, but from the left.

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Plenty of progressive leftists say centrist Democrats try to smear them with accusations of racism and misogyny when they are simply standing up to corporate hegemony and entrenched moneyed interests.

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But many women and many people of color are tired of having racist violence and reproductive justice glossed over as "identity politics" by the left. Free college isn't going to solve racism and violence against women and people of color.

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Still, others say the "alt left" is a made-up neoliberal bogeyman.

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But the implication that people like Imani Gandi, Neera Tanden, Marcus Johnson, Sarah Lerner, Propane Jane and Al Giordano are just making this harassment up just makes people angrier.

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People of color who were castigated by progressives as uninformed, low-information voters during the primary say the racist "Uncle Tom" accusations from whites still continue.

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But progressives clap back that they're the ones interested in real change. There are plenty of women and people of color in the progressive camp, including the likes of Nomiki Konst, Nina Turner, Shaun King, Jill Stein, Cornel West, Tulsi Gabbard. This isn't just a white boy movement.

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By fighting corporate hegemony and the two-party system, progressives say they're truly taking on racism.

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At Flavorwire, Tom Hawking is sick of the smears. A few raging Twitter dudes do not speak for an entire movement.

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And saying someone's ideas are terrible isn't harassment. Maybe some liberals just can't handle the truth.

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And still, others find the accusation that the far left is a white movement risible.

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