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American Renaissance (literature) – Wikipedia

The American Renaissance period in American literature ran from about 1830 to around the Civil War.[1] A central term in American studies, the American Renaissance was for a while considered synonymous with American Romanticism[2] and was closely associated with Transcendentalism.[3]

Scholar F. O. Matthiessen originated the phrase “American Renaissance” in his 1941 book American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. The thematic center of the American Renaissance was what Matthiessen called the “devotion” of all five of his writers to “the possibilities of democracy”. He presented the American Renaissance texts as “literature for our democracy and challenged the nation to repossess them.[4]

Often considered a movement centered in New England, the American Renaissance was inspired in part by a new focus on humanism as a way to move from Calvinism.[5] Literary nationalists at this time were calling for a movement that would develop a unique American literary style to distinguish American literature from British literature.[1] Walter Channing in a November 1815 issue of the North American Review called for the people to form “a literature of our own”, which was later echoed by other literary critics.[6] Following this call, there was a wave of literary nationalism in America for much of the 1820s that saw writers such as Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant, and James Fenimore Cooper become the identity of writers worthy of American literature. From this wave of literary nationalism the American Renaissance can be seen as being born.[6]

There are many criticisms associated with the American Renaissance, and some critics question if it ever actually took place. One of the most prominent criticisms is that authors during this period are seen as simply taking styles and ideas from past movements and culture and reforming them into new, contemporary works.[7]

Some critics say that authors fail to address major political issues during this period, such as slavery, even as they had large influence on the writing of the time.[6] There is also criticism that women authors and women’s issues were generally left out of discussion and publication.[7]

The notion of an American Renaissance has been criticized for overemphasizing a small number of white male writers and artifacts of high culture.[8] William E. Cain noted the “extreme white male formation” of Matthiessen’s list of authors and stated that by “devoting hundreds of pages of analysis and celebration to five white male authors, Matthiessen unwittingly prefigured in his book what later readers would dispute and labor to correct.”[9]

Some critics argue that literature written by women during this period was not as popular as first thought, and that it took a distant second place in popularity to works written by men. Matthiessen and other scholars are even known to exclude women and minority authors, especially African Americans.[6] Critics also argue that there is no separate style or genre, such as sentimental-domestic fiction, distinguished by gender.[7] However, other critics point out that the most read authors of the time were women, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Fanny Fern [10] and criticize Matthiessen for not including women in the original canon.[10]

The demographic exclusivity of the American Renaissance began eroding among scholars toward the end of the twentieth century. They have included Emily Dickinson in the canon; she started writing poetry in the late 1850s. Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin (1852) rose to a prominent reputation in the late 1970s. African-American literature, including slave narratives by such masters as Frederick Douglass, and early novels by William Wells Brown, has gained increasing recognition.[11]

Most often associated with the American Renaissance movement are Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Representative Men and Self-Reliance, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Most of the main writers associated with the American Renaissance were actually rather unknown during this time and had small followings.[6]

Other authors were later added to this list and found to have contributed to this movement. These include: Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Fredrick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Greenleaf Whittier among others.[1]

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What’s the alt-right, and how large is its audience? – Los Angeles Times

Inquiring minds want to know: What exactly is the alt-right, and how large is the audience for the movement?

The essence of the alt-right can be distilled to this catchphrase: All people are not created equal. Thats even more extreme than it may sound. Prominent alt-right thinkers dont only believe that some are naturally taller, stronger or smarter than others, but also that some groups are more deserving of political status than others. They reject the concept of equality before the law.

Andrew Anglin is editor of the most popular alt-right web magazine, the Daily Stormer. He has written that The Alt-Right does not accept the pseudo-scientific claims that all races are equal. He also supports repatriation of American blacks to Africa or autonomous territory within the U.S.

Not all alt-right thinkers are so radical in their aims, but they all believe in some form of race-based political inegalitarianism. The unequal brigade includes in its ranks editors of and regular contributors to many alt-right web magazines, including Richard Spencer of Radix Journal, Mike Enoch of the Right Stuff, Brad Griffin (also known as Hunter Wallace) of Occidental Dissent, Jared Taylor of American Renaissance and James Kirkpatrick of VDARE (named after Virginia Dare, the first white child born in America).

The exact size of the alt-right is perhaps not of the utmost importance. As an ideological movement, the alt-right seeks not immediate policy or electoral victories, but longer-term influence on how others think about politics. Still, its possible to get a sense of the scope of this netherworld through web traffic.

From September 2016 to May 2017, I analyzed visits and unique visitors to scores of political web magazines of various political orientations. (One person accessing a site five times in a month represents five visits but only one unique visitor). Through interviews and using the site Media Bias / Fact Check, I identified nine alt-right sites, 53 sites associated with the mainstream right, and 63 with the mainstream left. I excluded left- or right-leaning general-interest publications, such as BuzzFeed, the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. Data were obtained from SimilarWeb, a well-known provider of web-marketing information. All audience figures given here are monthly averages for the nine-month period I studied.

The total audience for alt-right political sites is much smaller than the audiences for mainstream left and right sites. The nine alt-right sites combined received nearly 3 million visits and 839,000 unique visitors, compared with 236 million visits and 102 million unique visitors for the mainstream left, and 264 million visits and 111 million unique visitors for the mainstream right.

But these numbers are less comforting than they may seem.

The coarsely racist Daily Stormer received 997,000 visits and 284,000 unique visitors. In so doing, it drew a larger audience than the sites for such longstanding mainstream magazines as the Washington Monthly (766,000 visits, 259 thousand unique visitors) and Commentary (594,000 visits, 268,000 unique visitors).

American Renaissance (497,000 visits, 158,000 unique visitors) and VDARE (427,000 visits, 132,000 unique visitors) both had larger audiences than the sites of the familiar leftist magazines Dissent (193,000 visits, 82,000 unique visitors monthly) and the Progressive (142,000 visits, 64,000 unique visitors).

Of course, traditional intellectual elites have not been overthrown. The audiences for the Nation (4.3 million visits, 2.4 million unique visitors), the New Republic (3.8 million visits, 2.2 million unique visitors), and National Review (nearly 10 million visits, 4.2 million unique visitors), all well-established magazines, were far larger than that of the combined alt-right.

The picture changes substantially, however, if we stretch the definition of an alt-right site to include Breitbart News. My sources did not classify it as such and the site does not explicitly reject political equality as the alt-right does. But former Breitbart editor Stephen K. Bannon once declared that his publication was the platform for the alt-right and its incendiary populism is very much in the movements style. At 85.4 million visits and 24 million unique visitors, it operates in a different league not only from the Daily Stormer, but from most tradition left- and right-wing political publications.

The anti-democratic alt-right has arrived and established a toe hold in our political discourse. That is the real matter of concern.

Thomas J. Main is a professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of Baruch College, City University of New York. His book The Rise of the Alt-Right will be published in the spring of 2018.

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JMS Southeast, Statesville Process Instruments donate to nonprofits – Statesville Record & Landmark

Statesville-based companies JMS Southeast and Statesville Process Instruments recently made donations to two local nonprofits.

A $500 donation was presented to March of Dimes which helped Team WillStatesville raise more than $8,000 for March of Dimes.

A $400 donation was presented to American Renaissance School; the funds will help ARS foster its mission of providing the best education in the state.

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Relegated To Fringe Platforms, White Nationalists Stuck In Own Echo Chamber – TPM

The internets foremost purveyors of racist bile facedan unprecedented backlash in the wake of the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. White nationalistsand other hate groups werekicked off of mainstream social media and web hosting sitesin droves, pushing them ontoplatforms created to cater to theirniche audiences.

But these sites, such as anti-censorship crowdfunding platform RootBocks and WeSearchr, the crowdfunding site co-founded by far-right blogger and agitatorChuckJohnson, have little name recognition and limited reach. That creates mini-echo chambers where a self-selecting group on the far-right fringe can trade memesand fund each others legal fees.

It further pushes these people to the margins of the internet, not that they were anything more than marginal to begin with, Hatreon founder Cody Wilson told TPM in a Monday phone interview. Yeah, some of their stuff began to get purchase with Trump and campaign 16 but again its always vastly overestimated.

Hatreon, which describes itself as a platform for creators, absent speech policing, is a far-right take on Patreon, a platform that allows podcast hosts and other creatorsto solicit paid subscriptions from their fans. Wilson, whose primary occupation is runninga company that develops and publishes open-source gun designs that can be 3-D printed, told TPM he was sympathetic to the alt-right but personally was not right-wing. He said he created the platform so that the looseband of white nationalists, anti-Semites and misogynists who compose the alt-right could have a leg in this conversation and not be banished from the internet.

Jared Taylor, head of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, complained of the terrible setback imposed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other large-scale tech companies in preventing leaders of his movement from reaching new audiences.

It is a reversion to the pre-internet days when in order to really have access to the public you had to own a newspaper or a magazine or a television network or radio station, he told TPM in a recent interview. The internet has vastly democratized this process and made it possible for people not just like us but like Donald Trump to bypass the gatekeepers. What we are going back to is a kind of snuffing out of dissident views. It reminds me of the Soviet Union.

A number of extremist activists and leaders interviewed by TPM were optimisticthat these new platformswould eventually gain more members and clout. But for now, the numbers speak for themselves.

Wilson claimedthat he spends $12 grand a month of his own money to fund Hatreon as a passion project, saying the site doesnt make money and estimating it hasapproximately 900 registered users. By contrast, Patreon has over 50,000 registered users and is on track to pay creators over $150 million in 2017, according to a recent company blog post. Facebook boastedsome 2 billion users as of this summer;even social media sites with comparatively smaller user bases, like Twitter, with 328 millionusers, remain central to the national conversation, especially in the Trump era. White nationalists cant get an accidental retweet from the President if theyre using a fringe platform hes never heard of, after all.

The refusal of companies like PayPal and Amazon to process payments from certain sites also limits fundraising options for thosegroups. RootBocks, for example, only accepts cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin at the moment.

As Taylor observed, You cant make a living just accepting donations only in Bitcoins.

Peter Brimelow, founder of the site Virginia Dare, which features articles from white nationalist contributors, told TPM in an email last week that his site, which was booted from PayPal, was earning significant income from Google Adsense [and] Amazon before they purged us.

Companies have also been droppingthe domains of white nationalist sites and shutting down their servers, and thereve been claims of hacker collectives targeting those sites withspontaneous disruption of service campaigns. As Utsav Sanduja, chief communications officer and global corporate affairs director for Gab, a Twitter alternative popular among the far-right, told TPM, Weve actually been targeted by far-left social justice warrior mobs and groups that have been DDOSing us on a regular basis and trying to bring down our site.

Sanduja, whose Gab bio features a nod to Trump, insists that his site is run by and open to people from a range of ideological backgrounds who want to engage in politically incorrect discourse.

We want a discourse that is free and civil and peaceful as opposed to people getting censored and going to the dark web, where there is criminality, Sanduja said. Were trying to moderate it, essentially, this dialogue, and prevent it from getting violent.

Other sites are more focused in their target audience and demographics. TPM reached out to Pax Dickinson, who wasfired aschief technology officer at Business Insider for his racist, misogynist views andwent on to found Counter.Fund, a fundraising platform built by and for the wider Alt-Right counter-culture.

His response: Fuck you, Talking Points Memo bullshit artist, I wouldnt talk to you if you paid me.

Wilson, of Hatreon, was flip when asked about the long-term viability of these alternative platforms catering to white nationalists.

If they cant find alternative, theyre not mature enough as a group, he said. I think this severe reaction to them [from mainstream companies] is necessary. If they have something they really believe in, they should be able to overcome it.

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Alexandria Reconsiders The Meaning Of Its Confederate ‘Appomattox’ Statue – WAMU 88.5


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White supremacists plan Tennessee protest, summit – USA Today – USA TODAY

USA Today NetworkBrittany Crocker, The (Knoxville, Tenn.) News-Sentinel Published 7:45 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2017

Demonstrators marched in the streets of Durham, North Carolina on Friday in response to rumors that the KKK would be holding a rally there. (Aug. 18) AP

At left Norman Holliman of Maryville and Phillip Cook of Powell scrub off paint that was used to deface a Confederate monument in Fort Sanders Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.(Photo: CAITIE MCMEKIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

In the midstof heated debate over the fate of a Fort Sanders monument honoring Confederate soldiers, white supremacists have made plans to come to East Tennessee.

Confederate 28, a newly reformed white supremacist group, has made plans to rally at the Fort Sanders monument at 1 p.m. on Aug. 26, to protest its possible removal.

Petitions to save, get rid of monument

The monument, which has been both defaced and cleaned in the time since the deadly white supremacist rally inCharlottesville,has been the subject of dueling local petitions.

A change.org petition by Knoxville resident Ben Allen, asking Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero to remove the monument, has reached nearly 2,500 signatures.A petition to save the monument, created by residentDavid Hicks, has reached nearly 5,000 signatures.

On Thursday, some members of the Knoxville City Council saidthey would prefer to keep the monument where it is, although it’s not entirely within their control.

A new state law disallows the city from moving it without a waiver from the State Historical Commission.

Klan members salute during a KKK rally in Justice Park Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.(Photo: Steve Helber, AP)

Confederate 28 affiliatesitself with the United Kingdom-based skinhead gangBlood and Honour. The stateside group marked its return from a five-year hiatus in June by passing out stickers at a soccer game in Indiana and protesting a gay pride parade in Tennessee,according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The local chapter of Confederate 28is also affiliated with the mostly-defunct white supremacist group theSouth Knox Ten Milers, which is headed by former Knox County Commission candidate Tom Pierce. The groupreposted Hicks’ petition to save the monument.

Confederate 28 may be joined by members of the white supremacist forum Stormfront, according to posts within the forum.

Jesse Mayshark, a spokesman for Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s office, said in a statement, “We’re aware of the planned rally, and we are making plans to ensure public safety.”

Mayshark referred to a Facebook post from Rogero, which says, in part, “We will continue to stand together against hatred and prejudices of all kinds.”

Stormfront plans Sept. 30 summit

White supremacists from Stormfront, an online forum of over 330,000 members from four continents, are planning a clandestine meeting in the Great Smoky Mountainsover the last weekend in September, according to an announcement from the website’s founder, Don Black.

“White Pride Worldwide” is listed on Stormfront’s web home page.

It also says: “We are a community of racial realists and idealists. We are White Nationalists who supporttruediversity and a homeland forallpeoples. Thousands of organizations promote the interests, values and heritage of non-White minorities. We promote ours.”

Stormfront’s Don Black was previously a Grand Wizard in the Klu Klux Klan and a member of the American Nazi Party.

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He announced open registration for the Sept. 30 weekend event last month, which will include speeches by himself, Klan attorney Sam Dickson, andDavid Duke, another highly prominent former KKK leader.

Sept. 30 is alsoYom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar.

The fall weekend’s events, billed as being”near Knoxville, Tennessee,” will include a Friday evening reception and a nature walk inDuke’s honor on Sunday, according to the Stormfront website.

“As always, great fellowship in a still beautiful part of nearly all-White east Tennessee outside Knoxville,” Black wrote in his post.”This will be the height of the beautiful ‘color change,’but this is about leaves in the deciduous forest,” he added.

Black went on to claim that the meeting was not secret, though the forum thoroughly vets new members before admitting them to a private post disclosing the summit venue’s location. Nearly 700posts have been made in the private summit thread.

It is unclear whether each post represents anattendee, but members are already soliciting the online community for carpool rides.

Indivisible East Tennessee response

“We’re in discussions with other progressive organizations about responding to the white supremacists who are coming to our district,” wrote Sarah Thompson-Herron of Indivisible East Tennessee in a statementSunday.

“Our focus continues to be on holding our members of Congress accountable and we will most certainly be calling on Rep. Duncan and Sens. Corker and Alexander to denounce these hate groups.”

The Stormfront summit is the seventh of its kind. Previous Stormfront gatherings have been held in Norris Dam State Park in Lake City, and in Sevierville.Other white separatist events have taken place in Tennessee, including the 2013Southern National Congress in Pikeville’s Fall Creek Falls State Park. In 2014, theKKKheld a rally at Davey Crockett State Park. The same year, Political Cesspool held a summit in Memphis and American Renaissance rallied in Dixon County.

Southern Poverty Law Center reports38 hate groupsare currently operating in Tennessee.

Violent history

Stormfront’ssite frequently posts statements from Duke, who was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s campaign and celebrated his lead on election night. Trump has disavowed Duke and the KKK.

The recent violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was called Unite the Right, was billed as a protest against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally drew hundreds of protestors with Nazi symbols and Confederate flags who chanted racist slogans.

White nationalist David Duke makes his way onto the grounds of Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park, during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.(Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar)

“We are determined to take our country back, Duke said of the Charlottesville rally. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose the “Unite the Right” rally. Nineteen others were injured in the incident. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, has been charged with second-degree murder in Heyers death.

Another white supremacist site, The Daily Stormer, was kicked off its hosting platform for celebrating Heyer’s death.

Stormfront has been associated with violence in the past.

A two-year studyby the SPLCtied more than 100 murders to members of Stormfrontoverthe five-year period after Barack Obama was elected president.

Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina,was a member of the website. Later, in his confession, he admitted his intent was to “start a race war.”

Contributing: Travis Dorman,USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee

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The Daily Caller has a white nationalist problem – Salon.com – Salon

But the white nationalist problem at Tucker Carlsons Daily Caller, a conservative political outlet launched in 2010 as a response to the Huffington Post, is bigger than just Kessler. Throughout the 2016 election and since, the DailyCaller has not only published the work of white nationalists, but some of its writers have routinely whitewashed the Alt-Right, while one editor there is an associate of key Alt-Right figures. Two Daily Caller contributors, including a senior investigative reporter, were recently announced as speakers at the upcoming white nationalist H.L. Mencken Clubconference organized by Paul Gottfried, a godfather of the Alt-Right.

As for recent Daily Caller contributors, take Peter Brimelow; the English white nationalist is the founder of the website VDARE, named after Virginia Dare, the supposed first white child born in the new world. VDARE is a major hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites. Brimelow is a leading figure on the Alt-Right and has been published three times in the Daily Caller in recent months, with his firstpiece coming in March defending Rep. Steve King, a hero to white nationalists, who recently tweeted, Geert Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We cant restore our civilization with somebody elses babies.

A few years ago, the DailyCaller publishing the work of an established white nationalist would be unthinkable. Take the response from Washington, D.C., senior contributor Matt K. Lewis following the firing of white nationalist John Derbyshire from National Review in 2012 for writing a racist screed regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting titled, The Talk: Nonblack Version. The article, presented as conversation between a white parent and their child included lines like, A small cohort of blacks in my experience, around five percent is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. It also included tips like, If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date. Lewis response in the Daily Caller to Derbyshires 2012 firing was, Some people arent worth the [sic] fighting for. Some things are indefensible. This is one of those cases.

Following his firing, Derbyshire joined VDARE as a regular contributor, and now his boss, Brimelow, is contributing articles to the Daily Caller.

But Brimelow is only a contributor. Despite his attempts to hide it, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer has questionable ties to many younger members of the white nationalist movement. The activist website OverthrowDotCom published multiple photographs of Greer in late 2016 documenting his extensive relationships with other white nationalists. In the expose, mostly taken from Facebook, Greer is photographed with hardcore white nationalists such as Devin Saucier, a man who works as an assistant to Jared Taylor of American Renaissance. One of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, Taylor once wrote, Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears.

Saucier is a regular attendee at white nationalist gatherings, including Alt-Right leader Richard Spencers National Policy Institute (NPI) conferences. Greer is also pictured with another white nationalist, Marcus Epstein, another friend of Spencers who pled guilty in 2009 to drunkenly assaulting an African American woman in Washington, D.C., which occurred two years prior.

In these photos, Greer is seen wearing a Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) t-shirt. YWC is a now defunct white nationalist student group founded by Epstein and another white nationalist, Kevin DeAnna. DeAnna has been involved with the neo-volkischcollective called the Wolves of Vinland, and Greer has been photographed at a Wolves gathering with Saucier and others.

An active member of the Wolves is Maurice Michaely, a man who was sent to prison for burning down the black historical Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Haymarket, Virginia. According to the Fools of Vinland blog, Greer liked a picture of Michaely that was posted on Facebook in 2014, showing him in prison with the letters 666 scrawled onto his hand.

While Greer has scrubbed his Facebook page, his Twitter account still shows that he follows a number of white nationalists, including Tim Dionisopoulos of YWC who Greer is sometimes photographed with, as well as Richard Spencer and Steve Sailer of VDARE.

Greers writings also indicate his white nationalist views, though calibrated for a more mainstream conservative audience. He recently published a book, No Campus for White Men an attack piece focused on the evergreen right-wing grievance of political correctness on college campuses which received glowing reviews from white nationalist websites including VDARE, American Renaissance and Counter Currents. Greer, originally from Tennessee, published a staunch defense of the Confederate battle flag for the Daily Caller in July of 2016, writing that a National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples leaders call to remove Confederate soldiers from a carving on Stone Mountain in Georgia was remarkably similar to the tactics of jihadis like ISIS and the Taliban. Other stories written by Greer for the Daily Caller include tropes that are often peddled by white nationalists including black-on-white crime, and that immigrants are bringing disease to the country.

In a 2014 piece, Greer dismissed an article in Time magazine on the threat right wing anti-government groups and individuals pose to law enforcement. A thorough search of Times archive produced no stories about the threat that communists, black nationalists or prison gangs pose to police, he claimed. In a May 2015 opinion piece, Greer heaped praise on St. Louis County district attorney Bob McCulloch for his handling of the Michael Brown case, despite McCullochs history of bias and the widespread criticism he received for his actions during the aftermath of the shooting.

One of Greers fixations is on downplaying the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. In a July 2015 opinion piece, Greer defended then-candidate Donald Trump who called Mexicans criminals and rapists, writing, Except that its still Hispanic men who are raping these women, and the countries where illegal immigrants primarily come from countries [sic] have sexual assault rates that dwarf the phony numbers for American universities. The eight-in-ten figure for migrant women proves that there is a very real rape culture among illegal immigrants, contrary to what some fact checkers might want you to believe.

In a June 2015 piece, Greer again whitewashed sexual assault on campuses, writing, [I]ts the perverse fantasy that thousands of women will be raped at some point during their college years, before making a statement that is often heard from Alt-Right misogynists. On top of that, Greer opines, more innocent men will find themselves accused of these crimes and see their lives ruined by a culture that nurses and refuses to punish false rape accusations.

The day after the 2016 election, Greer tweeted, Now as a white man, I can finally feel safe in America. Richard Spencer is clearly a fan of Greers, retweeting him a number of times.

Unite the Rights Jason Kessler is another white nationalist who contributed to the Daily Caller in 2017. His three pieces just happen to span some of the recent causes common to both white nationalists and some mainstream conservatives: The preservation of Confederate monuments, the hyping of grisly crimes committed by the M-13 gang as a frame to attack immigration, and themanufacturing of campus free speech martyrs, in this caseAnn Coulter.

Kessler is a fresh face on the scene, coming to prominence in late 2016 when he launched a vendetta campaign against Charlottesville, Virginia, Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, following Bellamys call for the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Kessler started a petition to oust Bellamy and also founded an anti-immigrant/white nationalist organization, Unity and Security for America, and used it to vocally support Corey Stewart, pro-Confederate Virginia gubernatorial candidate. Kessler was arrested in January for punching a man while he was gathering signatures for his anti-Bellamy petition. After video evidence showed Kessler punching the man unprovoked, he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and was later sentenced to 50 hours of community service.

His petition campaign failed in March of 2017, but Kessler continued attacking Bellamy, sharing a number of racist articles on social media, including one that referred to Bellamy as a pavement ape and Councilman Dindu, a reference to a racist meme. At the same time he was writing for Daily Caller, Kessler also wrote for VDARE.

On May 14, the dispute over the Confederate statues galvanized white nationalists who convened in Charlottesville to protest, with Richard Spencer leading a torch-lit march. Kessler was arrested for a second time in four months for not obeying an officers orders.

Nevertheless, the next day Kessler published a glowing account of the protest on the Daily Caller, complete with photos from his own Twitter account (#SaveLeeandJackson). He noted that though not all of the speakers were Southerners, they, sympathized with the fight to preserve a history which they say is increasingly under attack by Left-wing ideologues who want to tear down statues, change the names of buildings and rewrite history books to place white people in an unsympathetic and even hostile light.

ProPublica pointed out glaring omissions from Kesslers report, writing, It didnt disclose that its author, Jason Kessler, is supportive of white supremacist groups, and on the day of the march had himself made a speech to the protesters in which he praised fascist and racist organizations, thanked a prominent Holocaust denier, and declared the beginnings of a cultural civil war. The Daily Caller ended its freelance relationship with Kessler only after ProPublica contacted the organization for comment. Kesslers LinkedIn page still lists him as a DailyCaller contributor.

White nationalist Paul Gottfried, who many credit with coining the phrase Alternative Right alongside Richard Spencer, recently announced the lineup for his annual H.L. Mencken Club conference, a white nationalist event that takes place in Baltimore each November and was co-founded by Spencer. One Daily Caller contributor Ilana Mercer and senior investigative reporter Richard Pollock are slated as speakers for this years event. Mercer and Pollok will be joined by Peter Brimelow. Mercer has written over 30 articles for the DailyCaller in the past year.

Mercers pieces contain racially charged rhetoric commonly found on white nationalist websites. Mercers own website contains praise from white nationalist John Derbyshire, who in 2007 called her, ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent. Writing for the DailyCaller just after the first Charlottesville rally, Mercer penned a piece titled, Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes American Hero Robert E. Lee, where she called Lee a great American. In another piece decrying black-on-white crime in her native South Africa, Mercer wrote, Let not the swirl of statistics conceal the flesh-and-blood casualties of this black-on-white offensive. South Africas farmers, undeniably, are the focus of ethnocide. Contrary to the Syrians and Somalis streaming into the United States, they would make fabulous refugees, President Trump. The article was reposted on Jared Taylors American Renaissance website the same day it appeared in the Daily Caller, and no wonder. Decrying and embellishing black on white crime is a key white nationalist trope, as is claiming to there is a systematic white genocide taking place in South Africa.

In one of her many anti-Muslim screeds written on the Daily Caller, Mercer wrote in May, Policy makers and power brokers in the West have invited Muslim immigrants to live among us in the idiotic belief that, underneath the nose-bags (the burqa, the abaya and full-body swaddle), they were just like us. Mercer, whose personal website carries the banner Verbal Swordplay For Civilization, is especially proud of the nose-bag line, using it in multiple columns and her bookThe Trump Revolution.

In March of 2017, Mercer wrote another racist piece for the Daily Caller fit for the pages of American Renaissance. Her concluding paragraph of an article titled, Africa: Before and After Colonialism, Mercer wrote, When all is said and done, the West is what it is due to human capital people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy. Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human beings worth; the aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert makes or breaks a society. Overall, American society is superior to assorted African and Arab societies because America is still inhabited by the kind of individuals who make possible a thriving civil society.

There is a long history of white nationalists contributing to mainstream conservative publications, such as the National Review. But the Daily Callers embrace of white nationalists reflects the resurgence of the nationalist right, ethno and otherwise, represented by President Trump. Trumps campaign and Electoral College victory electrified the radical right and pulled the Overton Window further in their direction. Stephen K. Bannons elevation into the West Wing after running what he described as the platform for the Alt-Right in Breitbart was part of the jackpot shared by a rogues gallery of extremist political operators. This is also apparent in the administrations immigration policy, which is almost perfectly aligned with the white nationalist movement, and was originally drafted in part by Ann Coulter. Theres no other way to understand why Daily Caller would hire Peter Brimelow as a contributor if not for Trumps victory.

In his founding editors note Carlson wrote:

We see our core job as straightforward: Find out whats happening and tell you about it. We plan to be accurate, both in the facts we assert and in the conclusions we imply. If were not, tell us

Were telling you, Tucker. Yourflagship website has a white nationalist problem.

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Commentary: Trump’s dangerous dismissal of right-wing militants – Reuters

In the wake of the bloody havoc in Charlottesville last weekend, and with more white nationalist protests planned for other cities in the weeks ahead, Donald Trump is being widely lambasted for equivocating about who is responsible for the violence. But his penchant for minimizing the threat of domestic far-right and white supremacist militants isn’t new. Like other conservatives, Trump has avoided confronting this threat, or even acknowledging its reality. And he’s turning that denial into policy.

The far-right danger was no secret. Following Barack Obamas election in 2008, experts on radical movements warned that membership in white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups was growing dramatically. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of extreme right-wing groups in the U.S. grew by 40 percent in 2008 and 2009 and by another 22 percent in 2010.

The Ku Klux Klan experienced some of that growth. But there was also a new generation of white nationalists whose goal was to go mainstream. They wore preppy clothes and claimed they were simply trying to save European culture from an ascendant multi-cultural left. They adopted some of the rhetoric of the civil rights movement, insisting that white lives matter. And they expressly targeted young people for recruitment. Mainstream conservatives, like College Republican chapters, sometimes welcomed them with open arms, even hosting alt-right speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos.

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Meanwhile, Trump, his party, and major conservative media figures minimized the threat of these homegrown radicals. According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report to Congress, the U.S. Extremist Crime Database recorded a total of 62 fatal far right extremist-motivated attacks between September 12, 2001 and December 31, 2016. In contrast, there were 23 fatal assaults by militant Islamists over the same period.

Long before Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville on many sides, he had established a clear pattern of condemning Islamist militants including an attack that never happened while ignoring violence by white supremacists. And he enshrined this myopia in policy. In February, Reuters reported that under Trump, a government program to counter violent extremism would focus only on Muslims and no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.

On Saturday, hours before he allegedly killed a local Charlottesville activist and wounded 19 others, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. marched with a white supremacist group called American Vanguard. The group, which disavowed any connection to Fields, was one of three along with Identity Evropa and American Renaissance that were singled out in April by the Anti-Defamation League for their unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses. Last month, Jason Wilson reported for the Guardian that many attendees at American Renaissances annual convention were millennials who lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute think tank. Jared Taylor, the founder of American Renaissance, told Wilson that his group was being flooded by hopping mad young white guys who have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history.

The rioting and vehicular homicide of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville wasnt the first time these hopping mad young white guys have turned violent. Fields allegedly perpetrated the fifth attack by white supremacists in the past 26 months. In total, these lone wolves were responsible for killing 13 people and wounding 28 others. Dylan Roof was 21 and heavily steeped in online racism when he killed nine black church-goers in Charleston in 2015. Allen Scarsella was 22 when, in 2015, he shot and wounded five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota. Scarsella claimed self-defense, but a judge found that he was deeply racist as evidenced by months of racist messages he had sent to friends leading up to the shooting, according to CBS. Prosecutors couldnt prove that 22-year-old Sean Christopher Urbanski committed a hate crime when he stabbed a young black man named Richard Collins to death in an unprovoked attack earlier this year, but he did belong to a neo-Nazi Facebook group that prosecutors described as despicable. A week later, shortly after bringing a baseball bat to a free speech rally in Portland, Oregon, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, described as a known white supremacist, stabbed three men who attempted to intervene as he berated two women wearing hijabs on a local bus, killing two of them.

We can expect more attacks like these in the future. Todd Blodget spent two years working undercover in the white supremacist movement for the FBI. Asked by the Washington Post what kind of person is attracted to these groups, he said, as a general rule, losers. It’s often a kid — usually a male, but sometimes a female — who cannot make it in school.He blames all of his problems on someone else, and when they log onto a Web sitelike this or they go to a meeting like this or they pop inAmerican Resistancerecords (the leading label for neo-Nazi and white supremacist bands) and it blames other people they already don’t like for their problems, they think, There you go. That’s why I’m a dropout. That’s why I’m smoking crystal methThat’s why I can’t get a job and hold it. It’s all because of black people.”

Take out the crystal meth, and it sounds a lot like the pattern of radicalization that weve heard so much about in Muslim communities in France, Belgium and the UK. And in Europe, theyre treating it as such. In June, the Independent reported that referrals of non-Muslim extremists to the UKs anti-radicalization program increased 30 percent in the past year, and now just under a third of all people being monitored by the British government believe in extreme right-wing ideologies and are vulnerable to radicalization.

But in the U.S., its a different story. Mainstream conservatives have consistently balked at any effort to even acknowledge the problem, much less counter it. In 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report on right-wing domestic terrorism, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)berated DHS director Janet Napolitano for using the term (terrorist) to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation.

DHS and the FBI have continued to warn of the danger these extremists pose, and conservatives have continued to push back none with more zeal than Donald Trump. In June, Trumps DHS rescinded a grant for a group called Life After Hate thats dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, according to Politico. The grant was yanked despite the fact that the group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help disengaging from extremist groups since Election Day.And alt-right activists have openly celebrated the fact that law enforcement has largely given them space since the election.

The white nationalist movement is feeling energized and empowered. There will be more violence. More disaffected kids will be seduced into these violent ideologies. And so long as Republicans refuse to see the threat clearly, the governments going to do too little to counter their radicalization.

(Joshua Holland is a New York-based writer and the host of Politics and Reality Radio @JoshuaHol)

(Editor’s note: This column has been updated to correct a typographical error in paragraph 5)

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Let’s Fight the Alt-Right, But Let’s Be Smart About How We Do It – AlterNet

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This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate therally from its original location around a statueof Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people.

To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, asBob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy.

By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening.

As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore.

As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of theSouthern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away.

This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said.I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets.

Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time.

When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said.

Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating.

Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis?

One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community.

So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them.

This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public,cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties.

Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. AsBen Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects.

If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them.

Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte.

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American Renaissance (literature) – Wikipedia

The American Renaissance period in American literature ran from about 1830 to around the Civil War.[1] A central term in American studies, the American Renaissance was for a while considered synonymous with American Romanticism[2] and was closely associated with Transcendentalism.[3] Scholar F. O. Matthiessen originated the phrase “American Renaissance” in his 1941 book American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman. The thematic center of the American Renaissance was what Matthiessen called the “devotion” of all five of his writers to “the possibilities of democracy”. He presented the American Renaissance texts as “literature for our democracy and challenged the nation to repossess them.[4] Often considered a movement centered in New England, the American Renaissance was inspired in part by a new focus on humanism as a way to move from Calvinism.[5] Literary nationalists at this time were calling for a movement that would develop a unique American literary style to distinguish American literature from British literature.[1] Walter Channing in a November 1815 issue of the North American Review called for the people to form “a literature of our own”, which was later echoed by other literary critics.[6] Following this call, there was a wave of literary nationalism in America for much of the 1820s that saw writers such as Washington Irving, William Cullen Bryant, and James Fenimore Cooper become the identity of writers worthy of American literature. From this wave of literary nationalism the American Renaissance can be seen as being born.[6] There are many criticisms associated with the American Renaissance, and some critics question if it ever actually took place. One of the most prominent criticisms is that authors during this period are seen as simply taking styles and ideas from past movements and culture and reforming them into new, contemporary works.[7] Some critics say that authors fail to address major political issues during this period, such as slavery, even as they had large influence on the writing of the time.[6] There is also criticism that women authors and women’s issues were generally left out of discussion and publication.[7] The notion of an American Renaissance has been criticized for overemphasizing a small number of white male writers and artifacts of high culture.[8] William E. Cain noted the “extreme white male formation” of Matthiessen’s list of authors and stated that by “devoting hundreds of pages of analysis and celebration to five white male authors, Matthiessen unwittingly prefigured in his book what later readers would dispute and labor to correct.”[9] Some critics argue that literature written by women during this period was not as popular as first thought, and that it took a distant second place in popularity to works written by men. Matthiessen and other scholars are even known to exclude women and minority authors, especially African Americans.[6] Critics also argue that there is no separate style or genre, such as sentimental-domestic fiction, distinguished by gender.[7] However, other critics point out that the most read authors of the time were women, such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Fanny Fern [10] and criticize Matthiessen for not including women in the original canon.[10] The demographic exclusivity of the American Renaissance began eroding among scholars toward the end of the twentieth century. They have included Emily Dickinson in the canon; she started writing poetry in the late 1850s. Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin (1852) rose to a prominent reputation in the late 1970s. African-American literature, including slave narratives by such masters as Frederick Douglass, and early novels by William Wells Brown, has gained increasing recognition.[11] Most often associated with the American Renaissance movement are Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Representative Men and Self-Reliance, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter and The House of Seven Gables, Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Most of the main writers associated with the American Renaissance were actually rather unknown during this time and had small followings.[6] Other authors were later added to this list and found to have contributed to this movement. These include: Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Fredrick Douglass, William Wells Brown, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Greenleaf Whittier among others.[1]

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What’s the alt-right, and how large is its audience? – Los Angeles Times

Inquiring minds want to know: What exactly is the alt-right, and how large is the audience for the movement? The essence of the alt-right can be distilled to this catchphrase: All people are not created equal. Thats even more extreme than it may sound. Prominent alt-right thinkers dont only believe that some are naturally taller, stronger or smarter than others, but also that some groups are more deserving of political status than others. They reject the concept of equality before the law. Andrew Anglin is editor of the most popular alt-right web magazine, the Daily Stormer. He has written that The Alt-Right does not accept the pseudo-scientific claims that all races are equal. He also supports repatriation of American blacks to Africa or autonomous territory within the U.S. Not all alt-right thinkers are so radical in their aims, but they all believe in some form of race-based political inegalitarianism. The unequal brigade includes in its ranks editors of and regular contributors to many alt-right web magazines, including Richard Spencer of Radix Journal, Mike Enoch of the Right Stuff, Brad Griffin (also known as Hunter Wallace) of Occidental Dissent, Jared Taylor of American Renaissance and James Kirkpatrick of VDARE (named after Virginia Dare, the first white child born in America). The exact size of the alt-right is perhaps not of the utmost importance. As an ideological movement, the alt-right seeks not immediate policy or electoral victories, but longer-term influence on how others think about politics. Still, its possible to get a sense of the scope of this netherworld through web traffic. From September 2016 to May 2017, I analyzed visits and unique visitors to scores of political web magazines of various political orientations. (One person accessing a site five times in a month represents five visits but only one unique visitor). Through interviews and using the site Media Bias / Fact Check, I identified nine alt-right sites, 53 sites associated with the mainstream right, and 63 with the mainstream left. I excluded left- or right-leaning general-interest publications, such as BuzzFeed, the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. Data were obtained from SimilarWeb, a well-known provider of web-marketing information. All audience figures given here are monthly averages for the nine-month period I studied. The total audience for alt-right political sites is much smaller than the audiences for mainstream left and right sites. The nine alt-right sites combined received nearly 3 million visits and 839,000 unique visitors, compared with 236 million visits and 102 million unique visitors for the mainstream left, and 264 million visits and 111 million unique visitors for the mainstream right. But these numbers are less comforting than they may seem. The coarsely racist Daily Stormer received 997,000 visits and 284,000 unique visitors. In so doing, it drew a larger audience than the sites for such longstanding mainstream magazines as the Washington Monthly (766,000 visits, 259 thousand unique visitors) and Commentary (594,000 visits, 268,000 unique visitors). American Renaissance (497,000 visits, 158,000 unique visitors) and VDARE (427,000 visits, 132,000 unique visitors) both had larger audiences than the sites of the familiar leftist magazines Dissent (193,000 visits, 82,000 unique visitors monthly) and the Progressive (142,000 visits, 64,000 unique visitors). Of course, traditional intellectual elites have not been overthrown. The audiences for the Nation (4.3 million visits, 2.4 million unique visitors), the New Republic (3.8 million visits, 2.2 million unique visitors), and National Review (nearly 10 million visits, 4.2 million unique visitors), all well-established magazines, were far larger than that of the combined alt-right. The picture changes substantially, however, if we stretch the definition of an alt-right site to include Breitbart News. My sources did not classify it as such and the site does not explicitly reject political equality as the alt-right does. But former Breitbart editor Stephen K. Bannon once declared that his publication was the platform for the alt-right and its incendiary populism is very much in the movements style. At 85.4 million visits and 24 million unique visitors, it operates in a different league not only from the Daily Stormer, but from most tradition left- and right-wing political publications. The anti-democratic alt-right has arrived and established a toe hold in our political discourse. That is the real matter of concern. Thomas J. Main is a professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of Baruch College, City University of New York. His book The Rise of the Alt-Right will be published in the spring of 2018. Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion or Facebook

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Statesville-based companies JMS Southeast and Statesville Process Instruments recently made donations to two local nonprofits. A $500 donation was presented to March of Dimes which helped Team WillStatesville raise more than $8,000 for March of Dimes. A $400 donation was presented to American Renaissance School; the funds will help ARS foster its mission of providing the best education in the state.

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Relegated To Fringe Platforms, White Nationalists Stuck In Own Echo Chamber – TPM

The internets foremost purveyors of racist bile facedan unprecedented backlash in the wake of the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. White nationalistsand other hate groups werekicked off of mainstream social media and web hosting sitesin droves, pushing them ontoplatforms created to cater to theirniche audiences. But these sites, such as anti-censorship crowdfunding platform RootBocks and WeSearchr, the crowdfunding site co-founded by far-right blogger and agitatorChuckJohnson, have little name recognition and limited reach. That creates mini-echo chambers where a self-selecting group on the far-right fringe can trade memesand fund each others legal fees. It further pushes these people to the margins of the internet, not that they were anything more than marginal to begin with, Hatreon founder Cody Wilson told TPM in a Monday phone interview. Yeah, some of their stuff began to get purchase with Trump and campaign 16 but again its always vastly overestimated. Hatreon, which describes itself as a platform for creators, absent speech policing, is a far-right take on Patreon, a platform that allows podcast hosts and other creatorsto solicit paid subscriptions from their fans. Wilson, whose primary occupation is runninga company that develops and publishes open-source gun designs that can be 3-D printed, told TPM he was sympathetic to the alt-right but personally was not right-wing. He said he created the platform so that the looseband of white nationalists, anti-Semites and misogynists who compose the alt-right could have a leg in this conversation and not be banished from the internet. Jared Taylor, head of the white nationalist publication American Renaissance, complained of the terrible setback imposed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other large-scale tech companies in preventing leaders of his movement from reaching new audiences. It is a reversion to the pre-internet days when in order to really have access to the public you had to own a newspaper or a magazine or a television network or radio station, he told TPM in a recent interview. The internet has vastly democratized this process and made it possible for people not just like us but like Donald Trump to bypass the gatekeepers. What we are going back to is a kind of snuffing out of dissident views. It reminds me of the Soviet Union. A number of extremist activists and leaders interviewed by TPM were optimisticthat these new platformswould eventually gain more members and clout. But for now, the numbers speak for themselves. Wilson claimedthat he spends $12 grand a month of his own money to fund Hatreon as a passion project, saying the site doesnt make money and estimating it hasapproximately 900 registered users. By contrast, Patreon has over 50,000 registered users and is on track to pay creators over $150 million in 2017, according to a recent company blog post. Facebook boastedsome 2 billion users as of this summer;even social media sites with comparatively smaller user bases, like Twitter, with 328 millionusers, remain central to the national conversation, especially in the Trump era. White nationalists cant get an accidental retweet from the President if theyre using a fringe platform hes never heard of, after all. The refusal of companies like PayPal and Amazon to process payments from certain sites also limits fundraising options for thosegroups. RootBocks, for example, only accepts cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dogecoin at the moment. As Taylor observed, You cant make a living just accepting donations only in Bitcoins. Peter Brimelow, founder of the site Virginia Dare, which features articles from white nationalist contributors, told TPM in an email last week that his site, which was booted from PayPal, was earning significant income from Google Adsense [and] Amazon before they purged us. Companies have also been droppingthe domains of white nationalist sites and shutting down their servers, and thereve been claims of hacker collectives targeting those sites withspontaneous disruption of service campaigns. As Utsav Sanduja, chief communications officer and global corporate affairs director for Gab, a Twitter alternative popular among the far-right, told TPM, Weve actually been targeted by far-left social justice warrior mobs and groups that have been DDOSing us on a regular basis and trying to bring down our site. Sanduja, whose Gab bio features a nod to Trump, insists that his site is run by and open to people from a range of ideological backgrounds who want to engage in politically incorrect discourse. We want a discourse that is free and civil and peaceful as opposed to people getting censored and going to the dark web, where there is criminality, Sanduja said. Were trying to moderate it, essentially, this dialogue, and prevent it from getting violent. Other sites are more focused in their target audience and demographics. TPM reached out to Pax Dickinson, who wasfired aschief technology officer at Business Insider for his racist, misogynist views andwent on to found Counter.Fund, a fundraising platform built by and for the wider Alt-Right counter-culture. His response: Fuck you, Talking Points Memo bullshit artist, I wouldnt talk to you if you paid me. Wilson, of Hatreon, was flip when asked about the long-term viability of these alternative platforms catering to white nationalists. If they cant find alternative, theyre not mature enough as a group, he said. I think this severe reaction to them [from mainstream companies] is necessary. If they have something they really believe in, they should be able to overcome it.

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Alexandria Reconsiders The Meaning Of Its Confederate ‘Appomattox’ Statue – WAMU 88.5

WAMU 88.5 Alexandria Reconsiders The Meaning Of Its Confederate 'Appomattox' Statue WAMU 88.5 This is an across-the-board campaign to wipe out anything to do with Confederate history, says Jared Taylor, the founder of the American Renaissance , a white nationalist site based in Fairfax. As the campaign to remove Confederate statues has gained … Was the Battle of Charlottesville the white nationalists' Gettysburg? MyStatesman.com (blog) all 1,277 news articles »

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White supremacists plan Tennessee protest, summit – USA Today – USA TODAY

USA Today NetworkBrittany Crocker, The (Knoxville, Tenn.) News-Sentinel Published 7:45 p.m. ET Aug. 20, 2017 Demonstrators marched in the streets of Durham, North Carolina on Friday in response to rumors that the KKK would be holding a rally there. (Aug. 18) AP At left Norman Holliman of Maryville and Phillip Cook of Powell scrub off paint that was used to deface a Confederate monument in Fort Sanders Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.(Photo: CAITIE MCMEKIN/NEWS SENTINEL) In the midstof heated debate over the fate of a Fort Sanders monument honoring Confederate soldiers, white supremacists have made plans to come to East Tennessee. Confederate 28, a newly reformed white supremacist group, has made plans to rally at the Fort Sanders monument at 1 p.m. on Aug. 26, to protest its possible removal. Petitions to save, get rid of monument The monument, which has been both defaced and cleaned in the time since the deadly white supremacist rally inCharlottesville,has been the subject of dueling local petitions. A change.org petition by Knoxville resident Ben Allen, asking Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero to remove the monument, has reached nearly 2,500 signatures.A petition to save the monument, created by residentDavid Hicks, has reached nearly 5,000 signatures. On Thursday, some members of the Knoxville City Council saidthey would prefer to keep the monument where it is, although it’s not entirely within their control. A new state law disallows the city from moving it without a waiver from the State Historical Commission. Klan members salute during a KKK rally in Justice Park Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.(Photo: Steve Helber, AP) Confederate 28 affiliatesitself with the United Kingdom-based skinhead gangBlood and Honour. The stateside group marked its return from a five-year hiatus in June by passing out stickers at a soccer game in Indiana and protesting a gay pride parade in Tennessee,according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. The local chapter of Confederate 28is also affiliated with the mostly-defunct white supremacist group theSouth Knox Ten Milers, which is headed by former Knox County Commission candidate Tom Pierce. The groupreposted Hicks’ petition to save the monument. Confederate 28 may be joined by members of the white supremacist forum Stormfront, according to posts within the forum. Jesse Mayshark, a spokesman for Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s office, said in a statement, “We’re aware of the planned rally, and we are making plans to ensure public safety.” Mayshark referred to a Facebook post from Rogero, which says, in part, “We will continue to stand together against hatred and prejudices of all kinds.” Stormfront plans Sept. 30 summit White supremacists from Stormfront, an online forum of over 330,000 members from four continents, are planning a clandestine meeting in the Great Smoky Mountainsover the last weekend in September, according to an announcement from the website’s founder, Don Black. “White Pride Worldwide” is listed on Stormfront’s web home page. It also says: “We are a community of racial realists and idealists. We are White Nationalists who supporttruediversity and a homeland forallpeoples. Thousands of organizations promote the interests, values and heritage of non-White minorities. We promote ours.” Stormfront’s Don Black was previously a Grand Wizard in the Klu Klux Klan and a member of the American Nazi Party. Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions He announced open registration for the Sept. 30 weekend event last month, which will include speeches by himself, Klan attorney Sam Dickson, andDavid Duke, another highly prominent former KKK leader. Sept. 30 is alsoYom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. The fall weekend’s events, billed as being”near Knoxville, Tennessee,” will include a Friday evening reception and a nature walk inDuke’s honor on Sunday, according to the Stormfront website. “As always, great fellowship in a still beautiful part of nearly all-White east Tennessee outside Knoxville,” Black wrote in his post.”This will be the height of the beautiful ‘color change,’but this is about leaves in the deciduous forest,” he added. Black went on to claim that the meeting was not secret, though the forum thoroughly vets new members before admitting them to a private post disclosing the summit venue’s location. Nearly 700posts have been made in the private summit thread. It is unclear whether each post represents anattendee, but members are already soliciting the online community for carpool rides. Indivisible East Tennessee response “We’re in discussions with other progressive organizations about responding to the white supremacists who are coming to our district,” wrote Sarah Thompson-Herron of Indivisible East Tennessee in a statementSunday. “Our focus continues to be on holding our members of Congress accountable and we will most certainly be calling on Rep. Duncan and Sens. Corker and Alexander to denounce these hate groups.” The Stormfront summit is the seventh of its kind. Previous Stormfront gatherings have been held in Norris Dam State Park in Lake City, and in Sevierville.Other white separatist events have taken place in Tennessee, including the 2013Southern National Congress in Pikeville’s Fall Creek Falls State Park. In 2014, theKKKheld a rally at Davey Crockett State Park. The same year, Political Cesspool held a summit in Memphis and American Renaissance rallied in Dixon County. Southern Poverty Law Center reports38 hate groupsare currently operating in Tennessee. Violent history Stormfront’ssite frequently posts statements from Duke, who was a vocal supporter of Donald Trump’s campaign and celebrated his lead on election night. Trump has disavowed Duke and the KKK. The recent violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, which was called Unite the Right, was billed as a protest against the removal of a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The rally drew hundreds of protestors with Nazi symbols and Confederate flags who chanted racist slogans. White nationalist David Duke makes his way onto the grounds of Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park, during a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.(Photo: Mykal McEldowney/IndyStar) “We are determined to take our country back, Duke said of the Charlottesville rally. We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a car plowed into a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose the “Unite the Right” rally. Nineteen others were injured in the incident. James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Ohio, has been charged with second-degree murder in Heyers death. Another white supremacist site, The Daily Stormer, was kicked off its hosting platform for celebrating Heyer’s death. Stormfront has been associated with violence in the past. A two-year studyby the SPLCtied more than 100 murders to members of Stormfrontoverthe five-year period after Barack Obama was elected president. Dylann Roof, who murdered nine people at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina,was a member of the website. Later, in his confession, he admitted his intent was to “start a race war.” Contributing: Travis Dorman,USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2wmIHBM

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The Daily Caller has a white nationalist problem – Salon.com – Salon

But the white nationalist problem at Tucker Carlsons Daily Caller, a conservative political outlet launched in 2010 as a response to the Huffington Post, is bigger than just Kessler. Throughout the 2016 election and since, the DailyCaller has not only published the work of white nationalists, but some of its writers have routinely whitewashed the Alt-Right, while one editor there is an associate of key Alt-Right figures. Two Daily Caller contributors, including a senior investigative reporter, were recently announced as speakers at the upcoming white nationalist H.L. Mencken Clubconference organized by Paul Gottfried, a godfather of the Alt-Right. As for recent Daily Caller contributors, take Peter Brimelow; the English white nationalist is the founder of the website VDARE, named after Virginia Dare, the supposed first white child born in the new world. VDARE is a major hub for white nationalists and anti-Semites. Brimelow is a leading figure on the Alt-Right and has been published three times in the Daily Caller in recent months, with his firstpiece coming in March defending Rep. Steve King, a hero to white nationalists, who recently tweeted, Geert Wilders understands that culture and demographics are our destiny. We cant restore our civilization with somebody elses babies. A few years ago, the DailyCaller publishing the work of an established white nationalist would be unthinkable. Take the response from Washington, D.C., senior contributor Matt K. Lewis following the firing of white nationalist John Derbyshire from National Review in 2012 for writing a racist screed regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting titled, The Talk: Nonblack Version. The article, presented as conversation between a white parent and their child included lines like, A small cohort of blacks in my experience, around five percent is ferociously hostile to whites and will go to great lengths to inconvenience or harm us. It also included tips like, If planning a trip to a beach or amusement park at some date, find out whether it is likely to be swamped with blacks on that date. Lewis response in the Daily Caller to Derbyshires 2012 firing was, Some people arent worth the [sic] fighting for. Some things are indefensible. This is one of those cases. Following his firing, Derbyshire joined VDARE as a regular contributor, and now his boss, Brimelow, is contributing articles to the Daily Caller. But Brimelow is only a contributor. Despite his attempts to hide it, Daily Caller deputy editor Scott Greer has questionable ties to many younger members of the white nationalist movement. The activist website OverthrowDotCom published multiple photographs of Greer in late 2016 documenting his extensive relationships with other white nationalists. In the expose, mostly taken from Facebook, Greer is photographed with hardcore white nationalists such as Devin Saucier, a man who works as an assistant to Jared Taylor of American Renaissance. One of the most prominent white nationalists of the past quarter century, Taylor once wrote, Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization any kind of civilization disappears. Saucier is a regular attendee at white nationalist gatherings, including Alt-Right leader Richard Spencers National Policy Institute (NPI) conferences. Greer is also pictured with another white nationalist, Marcus Epstein, another friend of Spencers who pled guilty in 2009 to drunkenly assaulting an African American woman in Washington, D.C., which occurred two years prior. In these photos, Greer is seen wearing a Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) t-shirt. YWC is a now defunct white nationalist student group founded by Epstein and another white nationalist, Kevin DeAnna. DeAnna has been involved with the neo-volkischcollective called the Wolves of Vinland, and Greer has been photographed at a Wolves gathering with Saucier and others. An active member of the Wolves is Maurice Michaely, a man who was sent to prison for burning down the black historical Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Haymarket, Virginia. According to the Fools of Vinland blog, Greer liked a picture of Michaely that was posted on Facebook in 2014, showing him in prison with the letters 666 scrawled onto his hand. While Greer has scrubbed his Facebook page, his Twitter account still shows that he follows a number of white nationalists, including Tim Dionisopoulos of YWC who Greer is sometimes photographed with, as well as Richard Spencer and Steve Sailer of VDARE. Greers writings also indicate his white nationalist views, though calibrated for a more mainstream conservative audience. He recently published a book, No Campus for White Men an attack piece focused on the evergreen right-wing grievance of political correctness on college campuses which received glowing reviews from white nationalist websites including VDARE, American Renaissance and Counter Currents. Greer, originally from Tennessee, published a staunch defense of the Confederate battle flag for the Daily Caller in July of 2016, writing that a National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples leaders call to remove Confederate soldiers from a carving on Stone Mountain in Georgia was remarkably similar to the tactics of jihadis like ISIS and the Taliban. Other stories written by Greer for the Daily Caller include tropes that are often peddled by white nationalists including black-on-white crime, and that immigrants are bringing disease to the country. In a 2014 piece, Greer dismissed an article in Time magazine on the threat right wing anti-government groups and individuals pose to law enforcement. A thorough search of Times archive produced no stories about the threat that communists, black nationalists or prison gangs pose to police, he claimed. In a May 2015 opinion piece, Greer heaped praise on St. Louis County district attorney Bob McCulloch for his handling of the Michael Brown case, despite McCullochs history of bias and the widespread criticism he received for his actions during the aftermath of the shooting. One of Greers fixations is on downplaying the problem of sexual assault on college campuses. In a July 2015 opinion piece, Greer defended then-candidate Donald Trump who called Mexicans criminals and rapists, writing, Except that its still Hispanic men who are raping these women, and the countries where illegal immigrants primarily come from countries [sic] have sexual assault rates that dwarf the phony numbers for American universities. The eight-in-ten figure for migrant women proves that there is a very real rape culture among illegal immigrants, contrary to what some fact checkers might want you to believe. In a June 2015 piece, Greer again whitewashed sexual assault on campuses, writing, [I]ts the perverse fantasy that thousands of women will be raped at some point during their college years, before making a statement that is often heard from Alt-Right misogynists. On top of that, Greer opines, more innocent men will find themselves accused of these crimes and see their lives ruined by a culture that nurses and refuses to punish false rape accusations. The day after the 2016 election, Greer tweeted, Now as a white man, I can finally feel safe in America. Richard Spencer is clearly a fan of Greers, retweeting him a number of times. Unite the Rights Jason Kessler is another white nationalist who contributed to the Daily Caller in 2017. His three pieces just happen to span some of the recent causes common to both white nationalists and some mainstream conservatives: The preservation of Confederate monuments, the hyping of grisly crimes committed by the M-13 gang as a frame to attack immigration, and themanufacturing of campus free speech martyrs, in this caseAnn Coulter. Kessler is a fresh face on the scene, coming to prominence in late 2016 when he launched a vendetta campaign against Charlottesville, Virginia, Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy, following Bellamys call for the removal of a statute of Robert E. Lee from a downtown park. Kessler started a petition to oust Bellamy and also founded an anti-immigrant/white nationalist organization, Unity and Security for America, and used it to vocally support Corey Stewart, pro-Confederate Virginia gubernatorial candidate. Kessler was arrested in January for punching a man while he was gathering signatures for his anti-Bellamy petition. After video evidence showed Kessler punching the man unprovoked, he pled guilty to misdemeanor assault and was later sentenced to 50 hours of community service. His petition campaign failed in March of 2017, but Kessler continued attacking Bellamy, sharing a number of racist articles on social media, including one that referred to Bellamy as a pavement ape and Councilman Dindu, a reference to a racist meme. At the same time he was writing for Daily Caller, Kessler also wrote for VDARE. On May 14, the dispute over the Confederate statues galvanized white nationalists who convened in Charlottesville to protest, with Richard Spencer leading a torch-lit march. Kessler was arrested for a second time in four months for not obeying an officers orders. Nevertheless, the next day Kessler published a glowing account of the protest on the Daily Caller, complete with photos from his own Twitter account (#SaveLeeandJackson). He noted that though not all of the speakers were Southerners, they, sympathized with the fight to preserve a history which they say is increasingly under attack by Left-wing ideologues who want to tear down statues, change the names of buildings and rewrite history books to place white people in an unsympathetic and even hostile light. ProPublica pointed out glaring omissions from Kesslers report, writing, It didnt disclose that its author, Jason Kessler, is supportive of white supremacist groups, and on the day of the march had himself made a speech to the protesters in which he praised fascist and racist organizations, thanked a prominent Holocaust denier, and declared the beginnings of a cultural civil war. The Daily Caller ended its freelance relationship with Kessler only after ProPublica contacted the organization for comment. Kesslers LinkedIn page still lists him as a DailyCaller contributor. White nationalist Paul Gottfried, who many credit with coining the phrase Alternative Right alongside Richard Spencer, recently announced the lineup for his annual H.L. Mencken Club conference, a white nationalist event that takes place in Baltimore each November and was co-founded by Spencer. One Daily Caller contributor Ilana Mercer and senior investigative reporter Richard Pollock are slated as speakers for this years event. Mercer and Pollok will be joined by Peter Brimelow. Mercer has written over 30 articles for the DailyCaller in the past year. Mercers pieces contain racially charged rhetoric commonly found on white nationalist websites. Mercers own website contains praise from white nationalist John Derbyshire, who in 2007 called her, ravishing, brilliant, and eloquent. Writing for the DailyCaller just after the first Charlottesville rally, Mercer penned a piece titled, Sanctuary City Mayor Trashes American Hero Robert E. Lee, where she called Lee a great American. In another piece decrying black-on-white crime in her native South Africa, Mercer wrote, Let not the swirl of statistics conceal the flesh-and-blood casualties of this black-on-white offensive. South Africas farmers, undeniably, are the focus of ethnocide. Contrary to the Syrians and Somalis streaming into the United States, they would make fabulous refugees, President Trump. The article was reposted on Jared Taylors American Renaissance website the same day it appeared in the Daily Caller, and no wonder. Decrying and embellishing black on white crime is a key white nationalist trope, as is claiming to there is a systematic white genocide taking place in South Africa. In one of her many anti-Muslim screeds written on the Daily Caller, Mercer wrote in May, Policy makers and power brokers in the West have invited Muslim immigrants to live among us in the idiotic belief that, underneath the nose-bags (the burqa, the abaya and full-body swaddle), they were just like us. Mercer, whose personal website carries the banner Verbal Swordplay For Civilization, is especially proud of the nose-bag line, using it in multiple columns and her bookThe Trump Revolution. In March of 2017, Mercer wrote another racist piece for the Daily Caller fit for the pages of American Renaissance. Her concluding paragraph of an article titled, Africa: Before and After Colonialism, Mercer wrote, When all is said and done, the West is what it is due to human capital people of superior ideas and abilities, capable of innovation, exploration, science, philosophy. Human action is the ultimate adjudicator of a human beings worth; the aggregate action of many human beings acting in concert makes or breaks a society. Overall, American society is superior to assorted African and Arab societies because America is still inhabited by the kind of individuals who make possible a thriving civil society. There is a long history of white nationalists contributing to mainstream conservative publications, such as the National Review. But the Daily Callers embrace of white nationalists reflects the resurgence of the nationalist right, ethno and otherwise, represented by President Trump. Trumps campaign and Electoral College victory electrified the radical right and pulled the Overton Window further in their direction. Stephen K. Bannons elevation into the West Wing after running what he described as the platform for the Alt-Right in Breitbart was part of the jackpot shared by a rogues gallery of extremist political operators. This is also apparent in the administrations immigration policy, which is almost perfectly aligned with the white nationalist movement, and was originally drafted in part by Ann Coulter. Theres no other way to understand why Daily Caller would hire Peter Brimelow as a contributor if not for Trumps victory. In his founding editors note Carlson wrote: We see our core job as straightforward: Find out whats happening and tell you about it. We plan to be accurate, both in the facts we assert and in the conclusions we imply. If were not, tell us Were telling you, Tucker. Yourflagship website has a white nationalist problem. An emailto the Daily Callers executive editor Paul Conner seeking comment went unanswered.

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Commentary: Trump’s dangerous dismissal of right-wing militants – Reuters

In the wake of the bloody havoc in Charlottesville last weekend, and with more white nationalist protests planned for other cities in the weeks ahead, Donald Trump is being widely lambasted for equivocating about who is responsible for the violence. But his penchant for minimizing the threat of domestic far-right and white supremacist militants isn’t new. Like other conservatives, Trump has avoided confronting this threat, or even acknowledging its reality. And he’s turning that denial into policy. The far-right danger was no secret. Following Barack Obamas election in 2008, experts on radical movements warned that membership in white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups was growing dramatically. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of extreme right-wing groups in the U.S. grew by 40 percent in 2008 and 2009 and by another 22 percent in 2010. The Ku Klux Klan experienced some of that growth. But there was also a new generation of white nationalists whose goal was to go mainstream. They wore preppy clothes and claimed they were simply trying to save European culture from an ascendant multi-cultural left. They adopted some of the rhetoric of the civil rights movement, insisting that white lives matter. And they expressly targeted young people for recruitment. Mainstream conservatives, like College Republican chapters, sometimes welcomed them with open arms, even hosting alt-right speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos. MORE REUTERS COMMENTARY Alex Lazar: Aung San Suu Kyi’s free press dilemma Peter Apps: Understanding Kim Jong Un’s nuclear game plan Meanwhile, Trump, his party, and major conservative media figures minimized the threat of these homegrown radicals. According to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report to Congress, the U.S. Extremist Crime Database recorded a total of 62 fatal far right extremist-motivated attacks between September 12, 2001 and December 31, 2016. In contrast, there were 23 fatal assaults by militant Islamists over the same period. Long before Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville on many sides, he had established a clear pattern of condemning Islamist militants including an attack that never happened while ignoring violence by white supremacists. And he enshrined this myopia in policy. In February, Reuters reported that under Trump, a government program to counter violent extremism would focus only on Muslims and no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States. On Saturday, hours before he allegedly killed a local Charlottesville activist and wounded 19 others, 20-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. marched with a white supremacist group called American Vanguard. The group, which disavowed any connection to Fields, was one of three along with Identity Evropa and American Renaissance that were singled out in April by the Anti-Defamation League for their unprecedented outreach effort to attract and recruit students on American college campuses. Last month, Jason Wilson reported for the Guardian that many attendees at American Renaissances annual convention were millennials who lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute think tank. Jared Taylor, the founder of American Renaissance, told Wilson that his group was being flooded by hopping mad young white guys who have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. The rioting and vehicular homicide of neo-Nazis in Charlottesville wasnt the first time these hopping mad young white guys have turned violent. Fields allegedly perpetrated the fifth attack by white supremacists in the past 26 months. In total, these lone wolves were responsible for killing 13 people and wounding 28 others. Dylan Roof was 21 and heavily steeped in online racism when he killed nine black church-goers in Charleston in 2015. Allen Scarsella was 22 when, in 2015, he shot and wounded five Black Lives Matter protesters in Minnesota. Scarsella claimed self-defense, but a judge found that he was deeply racist as evidenced by months of racist messages he had sent to friends leading up to the shooting, according to CBS. Prosecutors couldnt prove that 22-year-old Sean Christopher Urbanski committed a hate crime when he stabbed a young black man named Richard Collins to death in an unprovoked attack earlier this year, but he did belong to a neo-Nazi Facebook group that prosecutors described as despicable. A week later, shortly after bringing a baseball bat to a free speech rally in Portland, Oregon, 35-year-old Jeremy Joseph Christian, described as a known white supremacist, stabbed three men who attempted to intervene as he berated two women wearing hijabs on a local bus, killing two of them. We can expect more attacks like these in the future. Todd Blodget spent two years working undercover in the white supremacist movement for the FBI. Asked by the Washington Post what kind of person is attracted to these groups, he said, as a general rule, losers. It’s often a kid — usually a male, but sometimes a female — who cannot make it in school.He blames all of his problems on someone else, and when they log onto a Web sitelike this or they go to a meeting like this or they pop inAmerican Resistancerecords (the leading label for neo-Nazi and white supremacist bands) and it blames other people they already don’t like for their problems, they think, There you go. That’s why I’m a dropout. That’s why I’m smoking crystal methThat’s why I can’t get a job and hold it. It’s all because of black people.” Take out the crystal meth, and it sounds a lot like the pattern of radicalization that weve heard so much about in Muslim communities in France, Belgium and the UK. And in Europe, theyre treating it as such. In June, the Independent reported that referrals of non-Muslim extremists to the UKs anti-radicalization program increased 30 percent in the past year, and now just under a third of all people being monitored by the British government believe in extreme right-wing ideologies and are vulnerable to radicalization. But in the U.S., its a different story. Mainstream conservatives have consistently balked at any effort to even acknowledge the problem, much less counter it. In 2009, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a report on right-wing domestic terrorism, House Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)berated DHS director Janet Napolitano for using the term (terrorist) to describe American citizens who disagree with the direction Washington Democrats are taking our nation. DHS and the FBI have continued to warn of the danger these extremists pose, and conservatives have continued to push back none with more zeal than Donald Trump. In June, Trumps DHS rescinded a grant for a group called Life After Hate thats dedicated to deradicalizing neo-Nazis and stopping white extremism, according to Politico. The grant was yanked despite the fact that the group has seen a twenty-fold increase in requests for help disengaging from extremist groups since Election Day.And alt-right activists have openly celebrated the fact that law enforcement has largely given them space since the election. The white nationalist movement is feeling energized and empowered. There will be more violence. More disaffected kids will be seduced into these violent ideologies. And so long as Republicans refuse to see the threat clearly, the governments going to do too little to counter their radicalization. (Joshua Holland is a New York-based writer and the host of Politics and Reality Radio @JoshuaHol) (Editor’s note: This column has been updated to correct a typographical error in paragraph 5) The views expressed in this article are not those of Reuters News.

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Let’s Fight the Alt-Right, But Let’s Be Smart About How We Do It – AlterNet

Photo Credit: Fibonacci Blue / Flickr This weekend, various far right groups are converging on Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally that may create the biggest test since last spring for progressives who want to resist the Donald Trump-empowered surge in white supremacy. Organizers anticipate a big crowd, perhaps in the thousands, which triggered legal actionafter Charlottesville officials tried to relocate therally from its original location around a statueof Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park to a location local law enforcementsaid could hold more people. To be clear, neo-Nazis and the like tend to be disorganized and unreliable, so there are decent odds Unite the Right will be poorly attended, and the resulting atmosphere will be one of comical pathos rather than the menace far-right forces are hoping for. Unfortunately, asBob Moser at the New Republic argued, there is one group that can help restore some lost dignity to the wannabe fascists: Progressive counter-protesters. Yes, the very people eager to fight white supremacists in the street may, as Moser argues, be helping the cause of white supremacy. By confronting both the various breeds of white supremacists with fury and violence, were giving them better media attention and recruitment tools than the worst of the worst could ever hope to muster for themselves, Moser argued. He laid out a number of examples of how alt-right and KKK ralliesare typically poorly attended by white supremacists themselves, and that the behavior of counter-protesters who often outnumber the actual racists are invariably used as propaganda by these groups to recruit more members online, which is where the real action is happening. As Moser admits in his piece, however, this argument is emotionally unsatisfying, however rational it may be. The truth is that there is a rise in white supremacy, and it has become a potent political movement, in large part because it plays off peoples base emotions. Fighting back with rational and calm behavior feels inadequate. Progressives want opportunities to shame these people, confront them and, frankly, mess with them a little. Constant lectures about When they go low, we go high just dont cut it anymore. As someone whose instinct is to run towards confrontation and not away from it, I decided to talk this out with Heidi Beirich of theSouthern Poverty Law Center, whom Bob Moser used to work for. The SPLC also warns against counter-protesting, but, Beirich explained, this should not be confusedwith minimizing the seriousness of the white supremacy threat or claiming that ignoring bullies makes them go away. This is a legitimate group of people in the United States who have growing political power and who have frightening views when it comes to minorities, she said.I dont find that youre not standing up to bullies if you resist the urge for angry confrontation, she continued. I think youre starving them of the oxygen that they live off, meaning right-wingers pretense that they are constantly victimized, censored and assaulted, a narrative that tends to play better if they actually encounter violent confrontation in the streets. Instead of counter-protesting, Beirich argued, progressives should speak out in other ways. She recommended speaking out online, lobbying politicians to fight hate crimes and holding counter-rallies at a different place or time. When you put on something positive that also gets coverage, it presents your community in a much better light, and it puts the focal point on the ideas that are the peaceful, caring ones, Beirich said. Holding rallies not centered around direct confrontation with the alt-right has, Id argue, another benefit: Its far more inclusive. Direct confrontation on the streets that may lead to violence is a tactic that naturally favors young, able-bodied people, especially men. For women, disabled people, parents, older people and racial minorities that have stronger concerns about violence from white supremacists,the face-to-face showdown strategy can often be alienating. Still, I totally get those who feel that holding hands and giving speeches about favoring love over hate doesnt feel like nearly enough. People are angry and want, for very good reason, to screw with these guys a bit. Isnt there any way to take the fight to the wannabe Nazis? One thing thats important to understand, Beirich noted, is that the alt-right isan online movement, for the most part. Some of its leaders have basically resorted to pleading with their followers to show up for actual events in the offline world. That has had some effect, with bigger crowds at the American Renaissance Conference and other rallies, but the primary audience and organizing platform for far-right activism remains the internet. Evenwhen alt-right folks gather in person, its mostly about getting group photos that can be used to recruit new followers online by promising a sense of community. So for those who are attracted to the simple pleasure of screwing with Nazis, the online world is where to go to make fools of these fools. Beirich suggested reporting hate speech on social media, but there are an increasing number of ways for progressives to use the same online tools used by white supremacists to organize against them. This strategy has already been effective in disrupting the Charlottesville rally. Airbnb, likely in response to complaints from the public,cancelled the bookings of a number of peoplewho were presumably coming to town for the rally. Gizmodo reports that there were concerns that some places were being rented to hold neo-Nazi parties. Another delightful resistance movementinvolves messing with white supremacists and other bigots on Reddit, one of their favorite online gathering spots. AsBen Collins of The Daily Beast reported, a group of Redditors have started launching takeovers of forums that might attract the fascist-curious, turning them into clown shows. For instance,r/WhitePolitics is now flooded with posts discussing paint swatches. They also were able to defeat a request from former Breitbart writer and right-wing provocateur MiloYiannopoulos to take over the forumr/Faggots, which is now dedicated to discussing the bundling of logs. They also conquered a misogynist pickup artist forum, which is now mostly threads about picking up heavy objects. If nothing else will do but direct, in-person confrontation, then organized mockery as Ive suggested beforeis likely more effective than trying to argue with white supremacists or fight them. Fighting in the street is a bad idea in general, but it happens because emotion will always move people more than reason and logic. Its time to think creatively, for both individual activists and organizers, about how to channel peoples legitimate anger in ways that actually hurt the alt-right instead of help it. Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon. She’s on Twitter @AmandaMarcotte.

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