Richard B. Spencer is the current President of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think-tank based in Arlington, Virginia. Basically, this non-profit organization performs research about social issues, economics, political strategy, etc. According to Michael & Stephanie Saul of the New York Times, the National Policy Institute "tries to take a more highbrow approach" to white supremacism, "couching white nationalist arguments as academic commentary on black inferiority, the immigration threat to whites and other racial issues."
Who is Richard B. Spencer?
Richard Bertrand Spencer is a 38-year-old American white nationalist who promotes white supremacist ideologies. In 2007, Spencer was the Assistant Editor at The American Conservative magazine. In 2010, he started his own blog, AlternativeRight.com, and is credited with coining the term, "Alt-Right." So, if you were wondering how that term came to fruition, Richard B Spencer is the supposed creator. In 2014, Spencer was banned from 26 European countries for attempting to organize National Policy Institute Conventions, according to the Schengen Agreement.
What did he say at the convention?
Spencer began the speech by saying, "Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory." This was followed by members of the audience throwing their hands up in solidarity, something eerily similar to the movement of the Nazi party. Need more proof? Spencer goes on to say, "The mainstream media, or perhaps we should refer to them in the original German, Lügenpresse." The word was coined during the rise of the Nazi party, meaning, "lying press." Still want more proof? Spencer said Donald Trump's election victory was "the victory of will," chillingly similar to the Nazi propaganda film, "Triumph of Will."
Cause for concern?
Absolutely. This conference comes days after Donald Trump's appointment of Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist, who was the chief executive of Breitbart News, the alt+right news source that published the story claiming Barack Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim. To be quite honest, I was unaware that movements like this were still prevalent in this country, but Trump's victory has brought these white nationalist movements to the forefront.
Spencer, when describing America, said, "It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.” We did not inherit America. Explorers founded the "New World," enslaved the tenants that inhabited the land (pilgrims), and gave them Thanksgiving Day as a token of appreciation.
White nationalism is white supremacy, in which people believe that the white ethnicity is the superior race, and that racial discrimination should be included in both policy and law (which is why the National Institute Policy exists in the first place).
Do not let the mainstream media normalize this movement, the same movement they helped create by giving Donald Trump all of this free press. If Democrats and Republicans alike, don't step up in Congress and fight for the rights of all Americans, this country will regress. To what extent will it regress? We're about to find out.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Martin Luther King Jr. #Steve Bannon #DonaldTrump #alt right movement