The Rise of the Alt-Right by Lorraine Phillips

Since becoming president, Donald Trump has accomplished many things. Not only has he given hope to the hate-filled bullying, vagina grabbing white men of the world that they, too, can become president of this great nation, but he has also given a movement known as the alt-right the courage to speak without the protection of their white robes and pointy hats. Ahhh, America. Land of the free, home of the racist alt-right. Some may think this is a great thing, but those of us with half a brain know it’s not. America is supposed to be a land where people of every race, creed, and sexual orientation are given the chance to build happy and successful lives for both them and their families, a place where minorities should not be afraid to walk out their front doors without the fear of being harassed or possibly killed by small minded individuals. Unfortunately, though, this is not what  Donald Trump meant by making American great again. In Trump’s America, making America great means catering to the white men of the alt-right movement.

What Is The Alt-Right?

First coined as a phrase by the political philosopher Paul Edward Gottfried, the term alt-right is a derogatory term that describes those who are quite proud of being racist, homophobic, antifeminist, Islamophobic, and full of hate and disdain for pretty much anyone who isn’t a white male. In other words, the alt-right is full of people who have nothing positive to offer our diverse society. The alt-right is becoming a major movement thanks to news outlets like Breitbart and InfoWars,  and social media outlets like 4chan, 8chan, and even Twitter. It is also becoming a major movement thanks to outspoken alt-right leaders like Steve Bannon, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Richard B. Spencer. While these groups and individuals may have been quietly lurking in the shadows for many years, our great president Donald Trump has made it quite acceptable for these vile messengers of hatred to be out in the open with their hate ridden messages.


(Steve Bannon of Breitbart)


(Richard Spencer popular Alt-Right figure)
How Do We Stop The Hate-Filled Alt-Right?

If only there was a simple solution to the problem of the alt-right. I am a firm believer in our first Amendment right guaranteeing free speech to all citizens, even if I don’t often agree with the way people verbally express their opinions. While every American is guaranteed the privilege of speaking their mind thanks to our constitution, spewing hate will never make the world a better place. I know that the alt-right has no intention of making the world a better place because they don’t believe in love, tolerance, and compassion. But for those of us who do believe in these important things, there are some ways we can help stop the hate-filled messages spread by the alt-right.

Five Ways You Can Help Stop The Alt-Right

While it may seem as if Trump’s presidency is giving a louder voice to the alt-right and you may feel frustrated because it seems as if there is nothing you can do to stop this dumpster fire of hate and intolerance, there are ways you can help combat the hate that is being spewed by the alt-right.

1. Stand Up For Those Without A Voice. Whether you attend a rally or simply speak up for someone when you witness an abusive situation perpetrated by the alt-right, using your voice to stand up for the weak and powerless can be a very powerful tool against combating the hatred of the alt-right. If you are lucky enough to be born with privilege, use that privilege to better the lives of those who may not be as fortunate as you.

2.  Set An Example Of Love. While you may not be able to change the mindset of those on the alt-right, you can live your life in a way that exudes love and compassion for all those disenfranchised by the alt-right and our current administration. When you see someone who is feeling beaten down by the system, let them know you are an ally. Let them know they are not alone because there are millions of us who are on their side. Do not let hate win by setting an example of love.

3. Volunteer Your Time. While donating money to a worthy cause that is negatively affected by the hate filled alt-right is a positive step towards helping our disenfranchised members of society, donating your time to a worthy cause can be even more helpful. Whether you become a mentor to an at-risk youth or you join an organization that helps empower minority groups, donating your time to a cause close to your heart can help send a message to the alt-right that their hatred has no home in America.

4. Use Your Voice To Spread The Truth. While the alt-right uses many forms of media to spread their message of hate and intolerance, you can use media like Facebook and Twitter to combat the lies spewed by the alt-right. While you may think everyone you know has the same knowledge you have, you may find that you can help teach people information they may not have known just by posting a simple Facebook status. Share stories that you feel are important, and you may find you helped people learn valuable information they might not have know.

5. Show Compassion To Everyone You Meet. Each person is dealing with their own unique struggle that is not always obvious based on outside appearances. The evil messages of the alt-right could be making this struggle even worse. That is why it is extremely important to offer compassion to everyone you come across in your day to day life. Unlike the alt-right who seems to have very little compassion for anyone who isn’t a white male, you can use your compassion to help combat the hate these people are sending out into the world.

Unfortunately, the alt-right has become bolder by the day, especially under our new administration. Instead of bringing people together, Donald Trump seems to thrive on empowering the alt-right in a way that is bringing hate to the forefront of mainstream society in America today. If this upsets you like it upsets so many of our citizens today, you can help in your own small way by incorporating the above five listed tips to help bring more happiness and compassion to our country during this trying time. While the alt-right is fueled by hatred, we can help combat this hatred by bringing a little more love and compassion to the lives of those we share this country with. Also, it never hurts to just punch a Nazi. But you didn’t hear that from me.


Categories: Activism, Opinion

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