Is the alt-right just white supremacy rebranded? | The Tylt
The shocking murder of 23-year-old Bowie State University student Richard Collins III by a member of a white supremacy Facebook group, and affiliated with the alt-right, has some saying it's time we admit "alt-right" is just white supremacy rebranded. The Southern Poverty Law Center says the core belief of alt-right adherents "is that 'white identity' is under attack." But others say it's a mistake to label the whole alt-right community as Nazis. What do you think?
Is the alt-right just white supremacy rebranded?
Writer Timothy Beck Werth says the media and the public need to stop letting white supremacists whitewash their real aims with an innocuous-sounding name. This movement isn't "alternative medicine" or "alternative rock," it's fascism and it's getting people killed.
With a name like the Alt Right, [they] can tell themselves the movement isn’t really racist. A name like the Alt Klan [is] a reminder that white supremacy is a feature, not a bug, of the Alt Right, and that the movement was borne out of and is inseparable from white supremacy.
James Delingpole says while white supremacy is part of the alt-right, the movement is really based in backlash to conservatives caving to liberal interests.
For years, from America to Europe to Australia, on a whole range of social issues from the environment to gay marriage to multiculturalism, diversity and gender, mainstream conservatism has far too eagerly conceded territory to the progressive opposition.
Some say it's a mistake to paint all members of the alt-right with the white supremacy brush.
But Richard Collins' murder has many saying we need to wake up and name this movement for what it is—if we're going to further prevent senseless violence.
Some alt-right members say the whole movement cannot be racist because they themselves are not racist.
But here's just one May 24 tweet from Richard Spencer, the man who coined the term "alt-right" and is the coeditor of AltRight.com