The Mask Comes Off: The Alt-Right Is Racist to Its Core

Ku Klux Klan initiation at Stone Mountain near Atlanta, Georgia. June 1949. KKK men in full white masks and gowns lead new members wearing small face masks. Everett Historical (source: Shutterstock)

When my colleague here at PJ Media, Walter Hudson, wrote an article about the alternative right (or alt-right) titled “The Alt-Right Is Evil and Must Be Opposed,” I hoped that they would strike back by showing him that he was wrong about them.


Sadly, that did not happen. See here some screenshots of comments left by readers who self-identify as alt-right:

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These commenters all share some specific views — views that are diametrically opposed to traditional conservatism. Firs, they look at people as part of “a tribe,” a word they actually use rather frequently. There is the “white tribe,” the “black tribe,” and the “Hispanic tribe.” They identify with the former: the “white tribe.” This makes them collectivists.

Secondly, they all seem to believe that there is a grand conspiracy aimed at destroying the “white race.” Neo-Nazis have used the phrase “white genocide” for decades, but until recently, normal conservatives didn’t want to have anything to do with it. Clearly, the alt-right has embraced the concept.

Third, the alt-right believes that American culture is related to “whiteness.” To them, American culture is white culture. This means that the struggle to “preserve” American culture is actually a struggle to preserve the “white race.” It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that this not only leads them to oppose immigration (of non-whites), but mixed marriages as well. After all, mixed marriages result in non-white (or half-white) children. If they don’t, they’re contradicting their own philosophy.


Finally, while the alt-right may call themselves “conservatives,” what they wish to “conserve” aren’t the principles that made America great such as unalienable rights for all people, but “white culture” and therefore the “white race.” This is a racial battle to them, just like it is in the eyes of Black Lives Matter, only the skin color they pretend to “defend” is different.

And that’s precisely why it’s so important for real conservatives to vocally oppose them and their agenda. These people have nothing to do with conservatism. More precisely, they represent the complete opposite: conservatism is focused on individuals; they are focused on groups or, as they call them, tribes. They’re collectivists, and racist collectivists at that.

Decades ago, the conservative movement purged itself of  the John Birch Society. It’s up to modern conservatives and libertarians to get rid of the alt-right.



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