Just Say No to White Supremacy: Twitter Purges Alt-Right Accounts
While New Balance tries to figure out why Ku Klux Klan members have latched onto their sneakers, America finally met the alt-right thanks to their biggest spokesperson to date, president elect Donald Trump.
This movement of white supremacy and nationalism has been using social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to spread their message of hate, but now there is a push back.
Twitter does not want to give these people a place for themselves, so the social media giant has decided to suspend several key alt-right figures without any explanation.
Richard Spencer, prominent white supremacist and president of the National Policy Institute (NPI), has used Twitter in the past to push for “the future of people of European decent in the United States” which is code for racially charged hatred and bigotry rivaled only by Germany in the 1930s.
Spencer is credited with inventing the term alt-right which describes the far-right ideology of white people first. They rally against political correctness as a way to justify their right to say bigoted things in public.
The leader of the white nationalist movement, Spencer described the “ethno-state” he envisioned coming via ethnic cleansing.
Spencer once wrote : “Immigration is a kind a proxy war—and maybe a last stand—for White Americans, who are undergoing a painful recognition that, unless dramatic action is taken, their grandchildren will live in a country that is alien and hostile.”
This man’s charm comes from his ability “to make even the most extreme white nationalist ideas sound like innocuous talking points” and his mastering of “evading questions about his real agenda by dismissing policy prescriptions as irrelevant (despite the name of his organization)” has impressed many who chronicle the movements of neo-Nazis in the US.
But when it comes to white people, Spencer goes all out: “What really makes European people special and our heritage special is that we reach for the stars and we believe in something higher than ourselves. I don’t want a society based on equality. I want a society that reaches for the stars.”
Many white supremacists using Twitter voiced their disdain for being weeded out for hate speech. One user called it a “purge” and complained: “Twitter has officially assumed the role of Big Brother and is purging all of the spiciest pro-Trump accounts.”
This move comes on the heels of Trump’s decision to make Steve Bannon, former CEO of an alt-right conspiracy news outlet, chief strategist for the new administration. According to Trump, Bannon was integral to his “historic victory” and will be necessary to “make America great again.”
Bannon’s chief strategist role will give him unparalleled access to the inner-workings of the White House, US intelligence, and give him the power to control who gets audience with the president.
This is disturbing quite a bit of people because Bannon’s previous job was peddling in conspiracy theories and providing white supremacists a platform via Breitbart News.
Everything from Planned Parenthood having ties to the Nazi Party to Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin being a Saudi Arabian spy working for the Muslim Brotherhood, Bannon’s publication has published nearly everything for factual information.
But the alt-right tabloid also caters to misogynists, portrays African Americans and other minorities as un-American criminals; while condemning all immigrants as pestilence.
Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senator Harry Reid, told the press now that Bannon will be in the White House, “white supremacists will be represented at the highest levels” of our government.
Jentleson added: “It is easy to see why the KKK views Trump as their champion.”
The audience of the alt-right is upset about the fact that by 2044 non-white ethnicities will be the majority of the US population, and exiting polling confirmed that 64% of Trump voters say immigration is their number one concern.
As for the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), they have seen a surge in membership recently, as the group has migrated from the deep South to northern places in the US.
This new strategy, to “work on a unified Klan and/or alliance” just in time for summer vacation, is a dream of Brent Walker, imperial wizard for the United Dixie White Knights (UDWK).
This sentiment is shared throughout the organization as it turns to the political arena to win America to nationalism, a desire of the KKK for nearly a century.
What has contributed to the need for expedition toward this goal was the election of President Obama, and the fact that an African-American has served two terms in office.
And so in this digital age, the KKK have made themselves available to potential new followers by making the application process easy to access online. In addition, merchandise from the organization can be purchased on a plethora of websites .