This well might be the final time I’ll refer to the term “alt-right” in a manner other than to quote someone else’s statement about it.
You may count me, therefore, as one who wants to cease euphemizing what I believe the term really means: white supremacists, racist, bigots.
It has emerged in recent years as a term to define those on the far-right fringe of the political/ideological spectrum. As the events in Charlottesville, Va. — not to mention other communities that have been victimized by spasms of race-related violence — have shown us, the term “alt-right” has focused on a specific brand of political protest.
It has come to represent the views of those who support racist, bigoted ideologies. The term “far right” has taken on an ugly, evil identity. Perhaps it’s because what we used to know as the “conservative movement” has itself moved far past the midway point. To be called a conservative these days seems to mean something different than it did during the day of Barry Goldwater and Ronald Reagan.
Donald J. Trump used the term “alt-right” to turn on what he called the “alt-left,” the counter protesters who clashed in Charlottesville with the neo-Nazis and KKK members who gathered to protest the taking down of that statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.
Here again, we saw the president seek to place the hate groups on equal footing with those who protested against them.
As for the term “alt-right,” consider me to be among those who no longer prefers to see it used other than to make sure we know what it represents.
It represents hatred and bigotry.
There. I’m done with that word.