There is something strange happening in American politics. And it is not the yellow-haired, orange-skinned Troll Doll that is Donald Trump. Many see him as the current disease in American politics—a realm that was never really ever healthy—but I view him as the symptom of something greater. He is exposing the ugly racism of the United States and helping give rise and/or legitimacy to the “Alt Right”. In some ways, it is good that this racism and bigotry that were unspoken are now no longer secretive. If you do not know something even exists—to the degree that it does— you cannot remedy it. I went to school in northeastern United States for both high school and college, I’m not from the U.S., and the people I surrounded myself were, overwhelmingly, diverse and left leaning. It is easy to think that most of the people in the U.S. were like those I came across. I am finding out sadly that that is far from reality. I worry more about the effects of Donald Trump’s rhetoric than Donald Trump himself.

The Alt Right are an example of this. The “Alt Right” is a recently risen white supremacist movement, who, although have no ideology, are generally anti-immigration, anti-gay, and anti-multiculturalism. Generally, they advocate for a dangerous ethno nationalism, and specifically for rights of, bafflingly, white American males. An article from The Guardian writes that the alt right emerged from the “sense that white identity is under attack”[1]. They exist mainly online, a platform that lends well to their increasingly rabid rhetoric. They also, of course, support Donald Trump.

What the implications of this hard to understand movement is I am not sure. It is still a relatively young movement and whether or not it will gain traction is difficult to say. The Republican Party, however, certainly will not look like the Republican Party we have known in the decades prior. Perhaps taking cue from über right-wing European parties, the alt right will split from the conservatives and create their own niche in politics. What do you think? Let us know in comments.

[1] Wilson, Jason. “‘A Sense That White Identity Is under Attack’: Making Sense of the Alt-right.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 23 Aug. 2016. Web. 25 Sept. 2016.

 

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