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The Daily Stormer, one of the largest Alt-Right websites currently on the internet and run by Andrew Anglin, most known for his harassment of the people of Whitefish, Montana in support of neo-Nazi icon Richard Spencer and the site’s blatant use of racial slurs and imagery, is currently really concerned about its image.
The reason for this concern is simple: another one of its fans has carried out a brutal murder. Several weeks ago, James Harris Jackson, a 28-year old Army veteran and a member of the Alt-Right, traveled from Baltimore to New York for the purpose of killing African-Americans, and horrifically murdered 66 year old Timothy Caughman with a sword. Jackson like many within the Alt-Right, was drawn into the white supremacist online world (through websites like The Daily Stormer) after feeling rejected from the real one; his neighbors described him as “anti-social,” and “Misfit would be the word. Shaking hands with him, he was a dead fish.”
On what appears to be Jackson’s personal YouTube account, he subscribed to a variety of fascist YouTube channels, many of which support President Donald Trump and other far-right leaders and circulate anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. His subscription list is a who’s who of alt-right figures, including Alex Jones, Stefan Molyneux, Paul Ray Ramsey and many more. Jackson subscribed to the channel for the National Policy Institute and Radix [Journal]. The former is the white supremacist organization founded by neo-Nazi Richard Spencer (who led a “Hail Trump” chant at a white supremacist conference last year), and the latter is the fascist journal Spencer publishes. Openly neo-Nazi channels Jackson subscribed to include Cybernazi, Politically Incorrect and Esoteric Truths. He also frequented many racist, anti-Semitic, white nationalist and anti-feminist channels.
Jackson wanted to graphically slaughter young and successful black men and hoped to kill especially those that had relationships with white women, as a means of scaring both women and black men from engaging in inter-racial relationships. As Time wrote:
In the interview, Jackson said in retrospect, he would rather have killed “a young thug” or “a successful older black man with blondes … people you see in Midtown. These younger guys that put white girls on the wrong path.”
Sickeningly, it is this desire to attack and kill black people in order to “protect white women” that was the inspiration for another fan of The Daily Stormer: Dylann Roof.
RIP, Timothy Caughman
In the summer of 2015, Roof, a white nationalist and a fan of The Daily Stormer, walked into an African-American church in South Carolina, opened fire and killed 9 people:
“I have to do it,” he reportedly said as he reloaded his gun five different times. “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country and you have to go.”
But Jackson and Roof are just the tip of the iceberg. According to one report:
In the span of 15 years, anti-government radicals and white supremacists have reportedly killed 48 Americans, according to a count by New America. The number by far exceeded the 26 deaths caused by Muslim radicals in the same period.
In the last several months, several white supremacists have attempted to carry out similar killing sprees. In February, the FBI arrested one man that was planning a killing spree in a synagogue and wanted to end his grizzly act with writing, “In the Spirit of Dylann Roof,” on the temple walls. In Seattle in late January, an Alt-Right Trump supporter shot an anti-fascist at a Milo Yiannopoulos event and in Quebec, Alexandre Bissonnette, a Trump supporter and white nationalist opened fired inside a mosque, killing 6 people. At the same time, in the last several months, hardly a week has gone by without a mosque, black church, synagogue, or LGBTQI center being attacked, as various other racist, homophobic, and sexist acts have skyrocketed.
But while websites like The Daily Stormer half heartedly attempt to distance themselves from the actions of their fans, these murderous acts are simply the conclusion that many are reaching after consuming Alt-Right and white nationalist ideas for years. One need only look at the kinds of things being discussed within the Alt-Right to see how those that are living and breathing this movement are coming to their own murderous conclusions. On Richard Spencer’s website, Alternative Right, one essayist wrote about the merits of black genocide:
Instead of asking how we can make reparations for slavery, colonialism, and Apartheid or how we can equalize academic scores and incomes, we should instead be asking questions like, “Does human civilization actually need the Black race?” “Is Black genocide right?” and, if it is, “What would be the best and easiest way to dispose of them?” With starting points like this, wisdom is sure to flourish, enlightenment to dawn…With Europeans and some Asians having much less children, most of the population growth leading to this future crisis is projected to come from Africans. This is the race that history and the present example of South Africa proves is least able to take care of itself; a race that has contributed almost nothing to the pool of civilization and which even shows little inclination to stay within the bounds of that civilization; a race that also seems to harbor a potent inferiority complex and savage hatred towards the creators of that civilization…
AMERICANS ARE FAR TOO SQUEAMISH TO ADMIT THAT SOMETIMES THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT JUST NEED A GOOD OL’ FASHIONED GOVERNMENT BOOT HEEL TO STOMP OUT. WHILE WE TOLERATE HOMESCHOOLERS AND ORGANIC FARMERS BEING ARRESTED AND HARASSED BY THE FEDERAL AUTHORITIES, PEOPLE RUN IN FEAR AT THE IDEA OF BREAKING UP A HOMOSEXUAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY, TORCHING AN ABORTION CLINIC, OR DOING ANY ACTION THAT BENEFITS THE OVERALL HEALTH AND CULTURE OF THEIR PEOPLE. RABID DOGS ARE PUT DOWN, NOT ALLOWED AROUND THE FAMILY KIDS. OUR ENEMIES ARE SICK ANIMALS AND WE NEED TO TREAT THEM AS SUCH.
Comments made by Alt-Right thinker and author Matt Forney at a recent white nationalist conference in Sweden echo many of the sentiments made by Roof and Jackson:
I don’t think I need to remind anyone that the election of President Donald Trump was a turning point in American and European history. For our entire lives our overlords in the government and media have told us that we were on the losing side of history.That we were destined to fail. That the future of our civilization was rainbows, unicorns, and chocolate chip cookies; fruits Frenching their boyfriends in front of empty churches; neon-lit mosques eclipsing the cities our forefathers labored to build; and finally, being finessed out of our neighborhoods by swarthy foreigners who stare at our sisters, wives, and girlfriends the way lions stare at gazelles.
Ironically, while disgusting Alt-Right trolls like Matt Forney talk about “our women,” Forney himself comes out of so-called Men’s Rights Activism that openly supports rape. Forney in particular came into white nationalism through his friend Roosh V, himself not white, but who has spoken at various Alt-Right and white nationalist events. Roosh has pushed to attack feminism while popularizing being a ‘pick up artist,’ and has written about sexually assaulting and raping women. Roosh even went as far as to say that rape should be made legal on the property of men as a mean of demoting the social status of women.
Here is where we see the Alt-Right’s drive to “protect our women” really has nothing to do with stopping harm from coming to them, but everything to do with making white women (and all women) again the property of powerful white men.
This sentiment is found throughout much of the Alt-Right, both here in the US, and across the world. It is also this same logic that is found in the manufactured lies about Syrian refugees raping women in Europe that has been popularized by the Alt-Right, mainstreamed by Breitbart, and then championed by Donald Trump. Despite these stories being debunked as false and the work of open white supremacists, they are still held up as the gospel by much of the Right.
For the rest of us, the question remains: how much longer will we allow the Alt-Right to produce serial killers and murderers? While the Right whines about Soros, snowflakes, and safe space, they meanwhile are stacking up corpses, burning down buildings, and brutally killing people as Trump looks the other way.
How much longer will we allow these people to exist in our communities without taking action? How much longer will we wait for them to kill more of us? How much longer will we sit by before coming together as a community?
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