After the election of Trump, many things seem to have been normalized: racism, sexism, xenophobia, and hate in general, to name a few. The drive to normalize white supremacy is evident in the term that has been repeated in the news, on the internet, perhaps even in your own homes. That word is Alt-right.
This term sprang up during Donald Trump’s campaign and has gained more momentum after his election when he appointed Steve Bannon as his Chief White House Strategist. Bannon served as a chairman of Breitbart New. Alt-right has been used to describe a movement that embraces white nationalism.
Many argue that this term does not paint an accurate picture of the innately racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic foundation that shape this movement.
In fact, this word is essentially a euphemism for white nationalism and white supremacy. To combat the normalization of such a horrific movement, an advertising professional in New York, who is using the pseudonym George Zola, created a Google Chrome extension called “Stop Normalizing Alt Right.” If downloaded, this extension automatically replaces “alt-right” with “white supremacy.”
Refusing to accept alt-right as a word shows our refusal to normalize the hatred that fuels the movement. White-supremacy cannot hide behind another name. Racism cannot thrive behind a false identity. This call for accurate portrayal comes after The Washington Post published a profile on alt-right (read white supremacy) leader Richard Spencer.
The outpouring of comments on this article made it clear that many people are enraged, hurt, and terrified that alt-right is used in lieu of white supremacy.
Let’s call this awful movement by its true name and refuse to accept hate.