LAT: The ‘alt-right’ splinters as supporters and critics agree it was white supremacy all along

I don’t see why white supremacy is any more dangerous and disgusting than other forms of racial supremacy such as Filipino supremacy, Chinese supremacy, Japanese supremacy, Jewish supremacy, black supremacy, Christian supremacy.

Every group with spirit wants as much power and influence as possible, particularly over its own affairs. Is is Jewish supremacist for Jews to have the Jewish state of Israel? Surely many non-Jews in Israel don’t like being a minority. Surely these goyim citizens of Israel would prefer it if Israel was multi-cultural with no one ethnic identity. It’s not easy being a minority. I sympathize. Minorities everywhere have it tough. That’s why there are separate countries so that people who want to live as a majority with their own kind can do so.

Every important people (such as the Chinese, Japanese, Jews, Nordics) see themselves as marked out by the will of heaven for some transcendental purpose. So what if whites organize in this fashion just as other groups do? I’m sure latinos enjoy their growing population and importance in the United States.

How come you hear often about “white supremacy” but rarely about black supremacy or Jewish supremacy? If you watch the NBA or the NFL, it looks like black supremacy to me. If you watch Wall Street or Hollywood or pundits, it sure looks like Jewish supremacy to me. Are these supremacies dangerous? Well, different groups have different interests, so it makes sense that as one group gains in power, other groups are by necessity reduced in power.

You might argue that white supremacy is particularly dangerous because of Hitler. Well, plenty of other people have carried out genocide aside from Hitler. You might as well argue that belief in equality is dangerous because of communism’s genocides.

Los Angeles Times Nov. 29, 2016:

Paul Joseph Watson, an editor for the conspiracy-minded site InfoWars, said in July that he was “in the alt-right,” but then denied it last week, going on to argue that two different factions of the group had emerged.
“One is more accurately described as the New Right. These people like to wear MAGA [Make America Great Again] hats, create memes & have fun,” Watson wrote on Facebook, criticizing mainstream media for focusing on Trump’s racist supporters. “They include whites, blacks, Asians, Latinos, gays and everyone else. These are the people who helped Trump win the election.
“The other faction likes to fester in dark corners of sub-reddits” — a reference to branches of the social-media site Reddit — “and obsess about Jews, racial superiority and Adolf Hitler. This is a tiny fringe minority. They had no impact on the election.”
Some white nationalists themselves have a term for the split: the alt-right versus the “alt-lite.”
White nationalists are alt-right and right-wing sites like Breitbart News and its chairman, the new White House advisor Stephen K. Bannon, are alt-lite, according to Brad Griffin, a white nationalist who blogs under the pen name Hunter Wallace at the site Occidental Dissent.
“Steve Bannon is the most important figure in the alt-lite,” Griffin wrote. “We all see Breitbart as the premier alt-lite website which has popularized a diluted version of our beliefs.”
Breitbart News, which channels a more nationalistic form of mainstream conservatism, gained notoriety over the last year both for implicitly supporting Trump’s candidacy and for Bannon’s proud announcement to Mother Jones in August, “We’re the platform for the alt-right.”
Left-wing critics have called the site a front for white nationalism and anti-Semitism, which its staffers have vigorously denied.
Bannon and Breitbart staffers have distanced themselves from the alt-right label, which Bannon defined in a postelection interview with the Wall Street Journal as “younger people who are anti-globalists, very nationalist, terribly anti-establishment.”
Bannon said alt-right supporters had “some racial and anti-Semitic overtones” that he said he disagreed with, and that Breitbart News provides “an outlet for 10 or 12 or 15 lines of thought,” of which the alt-right is “a tiny part.”
The heightened scrutiny of the alt-right has led mainstream institutions to draw tougher policies on addressing the movement.
After the election, Twitter banished many prominent far-right users from its service, which had been a staging ground for racist, sexist and anti-Jewish attacks against public figures and journalists.
Many supporters have since retreated to the new social-media service Gab, which bills itself as a safe space from censorship. At one point last week, at least six of Gab’s top 10 trending hashtags either referenced Trump or the alt-right.
“Gab I love you,” a user named “Deplorable Daniel” posted on Nov. 22. “But man there is a scary amount of Nazis or National Socialists. I feel like Gab may be under Attack.”

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